Before I get started, let me give you a little disclaimer – if you’re looking for a super authentic pho recipe, this will not be it. If you’re looking for a savory, umami, insanely delicious pho-like soup, then this recipe would be it. Of course, presenting an authentic pho recipe on a vegan blog would be, by definition of pho, impossible. So instead of using the traditional meat-based broth, this soup gets its base from shiitake mushrooms, which have a wonderfully meaty flavor and texture. Coupled with garlic, ginger, and a little bit of miso, traditional pho won’t even compare!
And then there’s the daikon noodles. This is a serious departure from the norm, but I love using vegetables in unexpected ways to mix things up (not to mention keep things healthy!) You can of course use any pasta or noodle that you like in place of the daikon. But the daikon noodles add such a delicious crunch and texture to the pho, I highly recommend using them. I made this for Ryan (who is not vegan) and he absolutely loved it. I hope that you’ll love it too! :)
Vegan Pho w/ Daikon Noodles
- 1 Inch Piece Fresh Ginger grated
- 4 Cloves Garlic minced
- 1 1/2 Cups Shiitake Mushrooms
- 2-3 Tsp Sesame Oil for Sauté
- 4 Cups Vegetable Stock
- 2 Tbs Shoyu or Tamari Soy Sauce
- 1 Tbs Miso
- 1 Daikon Radish peeled and spiralized
- Lime Wedges
- Fresh Cilantro
In a large pot, bring sesame oil to medium low heat. Add grated ginger, minced garlic, and shiitake mushrooms. Sauté for about 2-3 minutes, until mushrooms are soft. Be careful not to let garlic brown too much!
Once mushrooms are soft, add vegetable stock, soy sauce, and miso. Stir, and let simmer for about a minute.
While broth is simmering, peel and spiralize daikon noodles.
For softer noodles, add to broth and simmer for a few minutes. For crunchier noodles, add to broth when ready to serve.
Putting It All Together
To serve, spoon out broth and noodles into bowls. Serve with lime wedges and fresh cilantro.
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