Vegan Pho with Baked Tofu
I love a good, brothy soup, and my all-time favorite soup is pho. I love all of the complex flavors, the sticky noodles, and making my own topping buffet. I’ve been having a hard time finding a good vegan pho in Montreal as many places here use beef broth in their pho chay, or charge $20 for a vegan version. This made me super miss all of the amazing Vietnamese food in LA, and highly motivated to make my own! Pho is definitely a labor of love. Getting a good flavorful broth is so important for pho, so while this is a little time consuming, it’s totally worth it! This is how we made it:
1 onion, coarsely chopped
8 thin slices of ginger
12 cups water
6 veggie broth cubes
5 dried shiitake mushrooms
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
2 tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp whole fennel seeds
1 tsp whole cloves
6 cardamom pods
Salt to taste (I didn’t use any)
In the soup:
1 package extra firm tofu, cut into 1” cubes
1 package pho noodles (rice vermicelli)
½ onion, thinly sliced
1 lb mushrooms- enoki, shiitake, oyster, button, etc.
¼ cabbage, chopped (not traditional, but super healthy. You can also use bok choy or any other nutritious green)
Heat a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the coarsely chopped onion and ginger slices, and dry roast until the onions begin to char, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes. You really have to stay on top of stirring or the onions will stick.
Add the water, veggie broth cubes, dried shiitake mushrooms, and garlic. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Cook covered for about 45 minutes.
In the meantime, let’s bake that tofu and prepare your rice noodles.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Toss your cubed tofu with ¼ cup Bragg’s Liquid aminos. You could also add a little minced garlic or a squirt of sriracha and give it a stir.
Pour the tofu and remaining liquid on the parchment lined baking sheet, sprinkle with a little nutritional yeast, and bake for 25 minutes, flipping once halfway into the baking time.
Let’s do these noodles. You’re a multitasker. You’re the queen of the universe. You can handle this. Cook the noodles according to package instructions. Drain, rinse with cold water, and set aside. It’s okay if they get a little stuck together. Unraveling my pho noodles in my bowl is my favorite sport!
Back to the most important part….your broth! keep your broth at a simmer, and then add the spices and braggs. Continue cooking for another 20 minutes.
Remove from heat, and pour the broth through a strainer to remove the onions and spices, and then return the broth to the stove. Return to a boil.
Add the thinly sliced onion, mushrooms, and cabbage. Reduce to a simmer, and cook the veggies for 15 minutes.
To serve, place ¼ of the noodles into each bowl and ladle some of the broth and veggies into each bowl. Top with tofu, bean sprouts, jalapeños, lemon, cilantro, basil, sriracha, etc.!
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