Vegetable Vietnamese Pho

I’m a sucker for a good Vietnamese Pho! Here’s a delicious veggie option that I recently made!

ENJOY! xoxo Jen

INGREDIENTS:

6 cups of water
2 shallots, roughly chopped
1/2 cup dried shiitake mushrooms
10 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
4 carrots, roughly chopped
1-inch piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons Rice Vinegar
1 bunch cilantro, divided
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 8-ounce package rice noodles
2 scallions, chopped
16 basil leaves
8 shiitake mushrooms, sliced
2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
2 baby bok choy, chopped
1 lime, cut into wedges

DIRECTIONS:

Warm a medium soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the cinnamon sticks, cloves, and star anise and toast until fragrant, stirring occasionally, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the onion, ginger, vegetable stock, water and tamari. Raise the heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat as necessary to maintain a gentle simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes to give the flavors time to meld.

In the meantime, prepare your rice noodles by cooking them according to package directions. Set them aside.

To prepare the shiitake mushrooms, warm the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the mushrooms and a few dashes of salt. Cook until the mushrooms are tender and lightly browned, about 4 to 6 minutes, then set them aside.

Once the broth is done cooking, strain out the onions, ginger and spices (this is easiest with a small metal sieve, but you can also strain the mixture through a colander into another large bowl). Season it to taste with extra tamari and/or salt until the flavors of the spices really shine.

Ladle the broth into bowls, add cooked noodles and mushrooms, and fresh garnishes to your heart’s content (don’t forget the lime!). Serve immediately, with chopsticks and soup spoons.