This recipe offers a vegan version of a delicious Vietnamese popular soup Pho. Pho soup is considered the national dish in Vietnam. Of course, the versions made with meat are better known, mostly with beef or sometimes chicken.
Vegan recipes can also be amazing
Vegan recipes are characterized by the fact that they usually do not require a lot of ingredients and time. For instance, just like these healthy and easy carrot muffins. This also applies to this vegan Pho, which requires much less time than classic Pho.
The beef version is especially popular. I bring you a vegan alternative. It is just as tasty, but more importantly, much easier and faster. If you would like an authentic version of beef, count with a few hours of cooking (it can take more than 10 hours) the broth, which is the basis for this amazing Vietnamese national dish.
Many people claim that Pho soup should contain meat. However, Buddhism is present in many places in Vietnam, and (not only) monks leave out meat from their diet. Therefore, the vegan version of this fantastic soup is not unusual at all.
Spices for vegan Pho
You can find multiple variations containing different vegetables, but tofu and mushrooms should not be missing. Firstly, it is important to make a quality broth for which you need ginger, onion (cut into quarters), garlic and aromatic spices such as whole cinnamon, cloves, star anise, cardamom and coriander.
Everything needs to be nicely roasted in a pan to highlight the wonderful aromatic aromas and flavors. Be sure to toast the onion, which will bring an excellent sweet and deep taste. Don’t be afraid when the onion will get a little bit dark on the sides.
Next, pour vegetable stock over all the ingredients. As soon as the broth starts to bubble, reduce the heat and let it simmer for about half an hour.
The charm of vegan Pho is that this is basically the longest part of the whole recipe. Meanwhile, as the excellent aromatic taste of the broth deepens every minute, you can prepare other vegetables, which you add to the broth after straining the spices, onions, ginger and garlic. We can’t forget the tofu, which can be prepared really tasty. Tofu doesn’t have to be boring at all!
And in the end, all we have to do is play with the garnish, or rather the idea of how to finish this delicious Vietnamese vegan soup. First, place the cooked rice noodles on a plate, pour the broth along with the cooked vegetables and garnish with various ingredients you like.
Of course, you should not miss prepared fried tofu, chopped chili peppers, fresh bean sprouts, spring onion or lime. Thai basil, radish or sriracha sauce are also popular.
I definitely recommend hoisin sauce, which you can get in large supermarkets or Chinese stores, or you can prepare your own homemade hoisin sauce at home. It adds a nice sweet and salty taste.Print