How To Make Vegetarian Pho: Vietnamese Noodle Soup
Vegetarian pho soup is one of the most beloved dishes in Vietnamese cuisine. It’s a perfect dish to enjoy with family and friends, as it’s easy to make, healthy, and comforting. Here is everything you need to know about making this classic dish!
What is Vegetarian Pho?
Vegetarian pho is a popular Vietnamese noodle soup that can be made with any type of noodle, including rice noodles. The soup is often made with a variety of vegetables, such as carrots, celery, and onions, and it is typically spiced with star anise, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom. Vegetarian pho is easy to make and can be enjoyed by both vegetarians and meat-eaters.
The Ingredients of a Traditional Vegetarian Pho
Pho is a delicious Vietnamese noodle soup that can be made vegetarian or with chicken. There are many variations of this soup, but the most common ingredients are rice noodles, vegetable broth, fresh basil leaves, bean sprouts, and slices of cooked chicken or beef. The cooking time for pho varies depending on the thickness of the noodles and the type of broth used, but it typically takes about 20 minutes to make.
How to Make Vegetarian Pho at Home
If you’re a fan of Vietnamese noodles soup, then you’ll love this Vegetarian Pho recipe. It’s easy to make, and it’s perfect for any cold winter night. You only need a few simple ingredients to create this delicious soup.
First, you’ll need some rice noodles. You can find them in the Asian section of your local grocery store. If you can’t find rice noodles, you can use any kind of noodle that you like.
Second, you’ll need some vegetable broth. This recipe uses vegetable broth made from canned chickpeas, but any kind of vegetable broth will work.
Third, you’ll need some fresh herbs and vegetables. In this recipe, we used bok choy and carrots, but any type of vegetable will work. Feel free to add more or less according to your own taste preferences.
Fourth, you’ll need some protein source. In this recipe, we used tofu, but chicken or shrimp would also be great options.
Finally, you’ll need some Sriracha sauce to flavor the soup. Sriracha sauce is optional,
How to Serve a Bowl of Vegetarian Pho
Vegetarian pho is a hearty and flavorful meal that can be made with just a few simple ingredients. The soup is made with rice noodles, vegetables, and broth, and is often served with steamed tofu or seitan added for extra Protein.
If you’re looking to serve a healthy and delicious vegetarian meal that’s also easy to make, vegetarian pho is definitely the soup for you! Here are three tips on how to make the perfect bowl:
1. Start by making your broth. Vegetarian pho is traditionally made with a beef or chicken-based broth, but you can easily make a vegan version by using vegetable stock instead. To make the broth, simply heat up some water or vegetable stock in a pot until it’s hot and then add the desired amount of bouillon cube or bouillon paste. For a vegan broth, omit the animal products completely and replace them with additional spices like turmeric or ginger.
2. Next, add your noodles. Traditional vegetarian pho uses rice noodles, but you can also use bean sprouts, corn nuts, zucchini shreds, or anything else that sounds good to you. Just be sure to cook the noodles until they ‘re soft, otherwise they’ll become mushy and unappetizing.
3. Now add the sauce to the pot in one of two ways: either by first pouring it over the noodles and letting it cool, or by mixing everything together right before serving. Either way, you want to make sure that the sauce is hot enough when served in order to get the proper pho effect.
4. Next, mix in your veggies! Some recipes call for lime juice or fish sauce, but even without those ingredients they’re still tasty. Just chop up your favorite vegetables and have at them with a pair of chopsticks.
5. Taste your broth and adjust any seasonings if necessary before serving! This should be easy because so many people tend to over season their broth! If the flavors are too strong, then they’ll end up being overpowering in your pho and make you feel like you’re eating straight MSG.
6. Garnish your dish with some fresh cilantro at the table! This step is for show only, but it will always put a smile on people’s faces when they see how beautiful their plate looks next to all those pieces of noodles floating in that soup.
7. Now enjoy your piping hot bowl of Vietnamese goodness! The steps above should give you a pretty good idea of how to make great pho soup at home, so get out there and start slurping away! Image via Shutterstock
Vietnamese Food Recipes: Pho Recipe Tips
1. Start with quality ingredients: Your pho will immediately taste better if you start with high-quality beef bones. Shop around a bit and you’ll find some good cuts at most grocery stores in the meat department. The bones should be cleaned well, but they can also be bought already cleaned. All that it takes is a quick rinse before you begin cooking. Use bones from grass-fed cattle and select only those that are free of any visible cuts or blemishes on them and have very little fat around them.
2. Beef bones alone aren’t enough: You can also try making your own beef broth. Just put the cuttings of meat (1/2 inch), beef bones and stock cube into a pot and simmer for about 30 minutes to get the juices from the meat and bones. If you want to get more flavorful, add a couple pieces of onion, a few garlic cloves, some carrots and celery stalks, and a bay leaf.
3. Beef bones can be too much: Beef broth is very useful in making many types of dishes for which you might need it: soups, pastas, stews and just about any other dish that calls for beef broth. But the best way to use bones is to make them into dumplings instead of using them whole in your main dish; they hold their shape much better this way.
4. Dumplings are easy to make: Beef bone dumpling soup recipe consists mainly of flour (enough for 15-20 dum plings), water, beef broth and some salt. Most of the prep work is in the mixing stage. Many different ways exist for making dumplings; you can use your hands or a spoon for this job, but it’s much easier to use a pastry bag with a round tip (you can also make them by piping them out of a pastry bag onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper). It’s best to have your ingredients measured out before you start cooking, as mistakes won’t be easy to fix when they happen!
5. Be flexible: This recipe is just one of many that includes beef bones in it, so feel free to change it up and add more vegetables or spices. For example if you’re planning on using your beef bones in another dish, maybe consider changing the amount of spices used in this recipe.
Learn how to make these delicious Beef Dumplings from Chef Chen:
Tips and Tricks for Making Vegetarian Pho Successfully
If you’re looking for a delicious, hearty and easy-to-make vegetarian meal, look no further than Pho. This Vietnamese noodle soup can be made with just a few simple ingredients and is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal. Here are a few tips and tricks to make your Pho experience even more enjoyable:
1. Choose your broth carefully. There are many different types of broth available on the market, so it’s important to choose one that is compatible with the type of noodles you’re using. For example, if you’re using rice noodles, consider using a chicken or vegetable broth. If you’re using wheat noodles, try a beef or seafood broth.
2. Choose your vegetables wisely. Unlike most Western vegetables, many Eastern vegetables have strong flavors that can overpower the taste of the noodles in Pho. Try to choose vegetables that will complement the flavor of the broth rather than overpower it. Some good choices include mushrooms, carrots, green onions and fresh ginger.
3. Addressing any compatibility issues ahead of time is key. When preparing Pho, it’s important to make sure all of the ingredients are compatible with each other – this includes both the broth and the noodles. I recommend washing your hands, chopping the vegetables and then rinsing them with a little bit of water before you get started. This will help prevent any possible cross-contamination that could affect flavor or texture. In addition, try to make sure all ingredients are at room temperature before you start cooking.
4. Bring a pot of cold water to boil for the noodles before cooking them. When boiling the noodles, it’s important to use enough cold water to cover them – this will help reduce the chance of scorching during cooking time and also ensure that they do not stick together when being added to the broth.
5. Cook your beef in advance if desired! Beef is one of my favorite parts of Pho, so I typically like to cook it a day ahead of time. To do so, I simply slice the beef thinly and marinate it overnight in a mixture of soy sauce, chili paste and sugar. Since I roast the beef at low temperatures for hours on end, it’s not terribly important that you slice your beef as thin as possible. The thicker and more even slices will be better at absorbing all of the flavors from the broth during cooking.
6. When you cook your Pho noodles, make sure they are cooked thoroughly using a boiling water method for about just under 2 minutes! This will help ensure that collagen doesn’t develop during cooking which could affect texture and cause strands of noodles to break apart.
7. Pour off excess fat/oil from the top of the stock. When you add the noodles and beef, there will be a lot of oil in the Pho broth. As it cooks and reduces, additional oil will accumulate at the surface. This is normal and ok to leave as it will render down more over time during cooking anyway.
8. Add a small amount of crushed rock sugar, if desired! I personally like to add crushed rock sugar to my Pho because it adds just a touch of sweetness which works really well when pairing with other starches, sauces and condiments.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! In the recipe video below, I discuss assembly in detail and demonstrate how to prep your food for cooking as well as slicing your ingredients before cooking them ! As always, if you have any questions or feedback for me, please do not hesitate to reach out! Enjoy and keep cooking!
Pho Cookbook: The Ultimate Guide To Pho Author: Jessica Nagy Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup that is loaded with meats, vegetables and herbs. It’s hearty and comforting, but also light and healthy. This cookbook contains dozens of authentic Vietnamese recipes including Beef Pho, Chicken Pho and Seafood Pho.