Recipe for Making a Delicious “Vegetable Pho”

Vegetables pho


For the Broth:

  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 onion, peeled and halved
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2-3 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom pods
  • 1 small piece ginger, sliced
  • Salt and sugar to taste

For the Soup:

  • Flat rice noodles, soaked and cooked according to package instructions
  • Assorted vegetables (bok choy, baby corn, mushrooms, carrots, etc.)
  • Tofu or tofu puffs, sliced
  • Bean sprouts
  • Fresh herbs (Thai basil, cilantro, mint)
  • Lime wedges

For Serving:

  • Hoisin sauce
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Sliced chili peppers
  • Sliced green onions


  1. In a large pot, add the vegetable broth and bring it to a simmer.
  2. Add the halved onion, crushed garlic, star anise, cinnamon stick, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, cardamom pods, and ginger to the broth. Let it simmer gently for about 30-45 minutes to infuse the flavors.
  3. Strain the broth through a fine-mesh sieve into another pot. Discard the aromatics.
  4. Season the broth with salt and sugar to taste. Keep the broth warm on low heat.
  5. Prepare the assorted vegetables by washing, peeling, and slicing them as needed.
  6. In a separate pot of boiling water, blanch the vegetables briefly until they are slightly tender. Remove and set aside.
  7. To assemble the pho bowls, place a serving of cooked rice noodles in each bowl.
  8. Arrange the blanched vegetables and sliced tofu or tofu puffs on top of the noodles.
  9. Ladle the hot vegetable broth over the noodles and vegetables, ensuring they are fully submerged.
  10. Serve the pho bowls with a plate of fresh herbs, bean sprouts, lime wedges, and any additional condiments you prefer.
  11. Diners can customize their bowls by adding herbs, bean sprouts, lime juice, hoisin sauce, and sriracha sauce according to their taste.
  12. Enjoy the delicious and comforting “Vegetable Pho”!

Feel free to adjust the ingredients and quantities to your preferences. Enjoy your homemade Vegetable Pho!