Simple Vegetarian Vietnamese Pho Recipe

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Vegetarian Vietnamese Soup

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Pho is one of my favorite soups, but it can be a long and arduous process to create.

A simple vegetarian alternative to this Vietnamese soup takes the essentials of this beloved broth, but greatly reduces the time needed.

If desiring protein in your pho, pan-fry tofu slices and add them at the same time as the vermicelli noodles.

Vegetarian Pho Soup

Vegetarian Vietnamese Soup
Yield: 2 servings

Simple Vegetarian Vietnamese Pho Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A simple vegetarian alternative to Vietnamese pho soup takes the essentials of this beloved broth, but greatly reduces the time needed.


  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 thumb ginger, peeled and minced
  • 2 tsp sambal olek, or red pepper paste
  • 2 tbsp vegetarian fish sauce
  • 3 tbsp cane sugar
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup baby bok choy, chopped
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1 package vermicelli rice noodles, cooked according to the package


  1. Simmer the broth, garlic, ginger, sambal, fish sauce and cane sugar in a large pot on the stove, covered, for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the onions, mushrooms and carrots and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the cilantro, bok choy, bean sprouts and rice noodles. Cook for another minute. Serve hot.


Originally posted May 2, 2013

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 439Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 2920mgCarbohydrates 91gFiber 9gSugar 35gProtein 16g

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  • Samantha Lowe

    Based in Kingston, Canada, Samantha Lowe has been writing for publication since 2006. She records her culinary and globe-trotting experiences online at A love of photography and cooking fuels this writing, with the end result usually enticing friends and acquaintances to 'loosen their belts'.

1 thought on “Simple Vegetarian Vietnamese Pho Recipe”

  1. Come on!!!!! You said vegetarian and the first element is beef broth! I know, cows are vegetarian but eating is NOT vegetarian. Be serious in your titles, please!


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