Vegan Mushroom Pho Recipe

Submitted By: The Spice House.

Serves / Yields

4 servings

Preparation Instructions

Quarter onions and halve cloves of garlic, blacken cut sides at high heat without oil for a few minutes at the bottom of a large stock pot. Place dried spices and lemon grass in a food grade muslin bag. Reduce heat to low and add water, kombu, spice bag, celantro stems, and dried mushrooms to the stock pot. Let simmer for two to four hours.

Sear all sides of seasoned tofu in a dry non-stick pan. Slice tofu into quarter inch pieces. Thinly slice radishes. Cut limes into quarters.

Remove stock from heat, strain well, reserve mushrooms. Return strained stock to a boil, add dried rice noodles and cook as per package instructions.

To plate, place a serving of noodles into each bowl, fill each with a liberal amount of broth. Place mushrooms, sprouts, radish slices, cilantro, tofu, mint, and basil in each bowl to garnish. Enjoy

Helpful Hints

Kombu, or dried kelp to the rest of us, is used as a base for many Japanese soups. Found at Asian markets or better grocery stores, this kelp adds a great wholesome richness to broths and a great deep but mild flavor as well. Plus it is easy to use, just crack of a piece and soak in boiling water, you’ll have the base for a great broth in no time.

Quick Shopping List

Shiitake Dried Mushrooms
In a resealable plastic bag
1/2 ounce
Tien Tsin Chinese Hot Red Chile Peppers
Whole, bulk only
1 oz.
Hand-Selected Whole Star Anise
Whole, bulk only
1 oz.
Cloves, Whole or Ground
Whole Spice Islands, in a glass jar
1/2 cup shaker jar, net wt. 2 oz.
Cinnamon, Whole Stick Indonesian Korintje Cassia
2 3/4" (Bulk Only)
1 oz.
Black Malabar Peppercorns, Organic
In a glass jar
In a 1/2 cup shaker jar, net wt 2 oz
Sichuan Peppercorns
Whole, in a glass shaker jar
1/2 cup shaker jar, net wt. 1 oz.
Lemon Grass, Dried Chopped, Organic
Coarse Cut, in a glass jar
1/2 cup shaker jar, net wt .5 oz.
China "Number One" Ginger, Whole Root Or Powder
Whole, bulk only
4 oz.
Essence de Champignon Gold
1 1/2 ounce foil package
Chinese Five Spice Powder
In a glass jar
1/2 cup shaker jar, net wt. 2 oz.

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