-basic vegetarian broth (approx. 2-3 liters)
-1 head of broccoli
-1/4lb straw or button mushrooms
-fried tofu or gluten
-1 large carrot
-3 star anises
-1 2 inch piece of cinnamon
-1 thumb size piece of ginger
What to Do:
Wash and chop cilantro. Slice mushrooms, cut broccoli and carrots into bite size pieces. Slice gluten or tofu into small strips. Grill and crush ginger; add ginger, cloves, cinnamon and star anises into broth and bring to a boil. Add carrots and simmer for 5 mins before adding broccoli and mushrooms. Simmer until veggies are cooked to your preferred texture. Boil and drain noodles. Add noodles into a bowl add tofu/gluten and ladle on hot broth and veggies. Garnish with chopped cilantro and ground black pepper. Serve with bean sprouts, ngò gai (saw tooth herb), lá quế (basil), and jalapeno peppers.
Can use any veggies you like to make this dish. As long the spices are present in the broth, you have vegetarian pho.
***Because my vegetarian dishes are prepared with “Buddhist Laws” in mind; besides not using meats and animal products, I do not use garlic, onions, leeks, chives, or any type of alcohol. However, if your main goal is to just avoid meats, feel free to add the any of the mentioned above to spice up you dishes.***
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