Phở is a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of broth, linguine-shaped rice noodles, a few herbs, and meat. We love the vegan versions, with tofu, tempeh or veggie meats. We used to call it Faux Pho, pronouncing “Pho” like “fo” as in the word “go”. Then we learned it is pronounced more like “fah” or “fuh” or something in between. However it is pronounced, the vegan version is delicious, cozy and warming on a cold night.
8 cups vegetable stock
4 stalks of celery (chopped)
3 carrots (sliced)
2 bunches baby bok choy (chopped)
1 large onion (diced)
1/4 cup Tamari or Soy Sauce
2 tablespoons agave
2 inch piece of lemongrass or 1 teaspoon ground dried lemongrass
1 star anise or 1/2 teaspoon powdered anise
3 cloves or 1/8 teaspoon powdered
1 inch cinnamon bark or 1/2 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
1 small dried chili pepper or 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flake
1 inch piece of fresh ginger or 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
1 package of mung bean vermicelli or noodle of choice (about 10.5 ounces)
Bring the vegetable stock to a boil. Add all of the chopped vegetables except the bok choy. For the spice mix— if using whole spices, wrap all of them in cheese cloth. Tie the spice bundle with kitchen string and drop it in the stock before adding the vegetables. If using dried spices, add them to the simmering stock. Cook the soup for an hour or until the vegetables are tender. Remove the spice bag if using whole spices. Add the bok choy and simmer an additional 10 minutes.
Follow the package instructions for preparing mung bean vermicelli (or noodle of choice). Evenly distribute the mung bean vermicelli and/or cooked noodles at the bottom of a large soup bowl. Pour the hot soup over the noodles.