Pho is a vietnamese classic, a hearty and healthy soup which is as fulfilling as any. Although, its mostly made of Beef/chicken broth, the possibility is not void for us vegetarians.I knew of vegetarian versions although I dint know what exactly went into it. Some research on the net and some experiments later, I knew I had a good vegetarian version on hand.

One thing is most of the ingredients for this is lying in our pantry and does not require v ethnic products. Substitutions do not hurt the recipe at all.My version is as below:

  • Cook time:
  • Prep time:
  • Serves: 4 people
  • 6 cups water/vegetable stock
  • 1 large onion,roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 cup Mushrooms
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic,peeled and crushed
  • 2 inch ginger, sliced ( not necc to peel )
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Vinegar
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cinnamon stick / or 2 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 2 star Anise
  • 2-3 Cloves
  • 4-5 leaves of Basil
  • 4-5 sprigs of Cilantro
  • 1 packet rice noodles ( as per req.)
  • 1 packet Baked Tofu
  • 1 cup sprouts
  • 1 cup watercress
  • 1 lime ( lemon would work too )
  • salt to taste

To prepare Broth, place the first 14 ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil.


Cover and simmer in low heat for 30-40min. Season with salt


Strain the broth prepared and reheat in low heat. Discard the solid.


Cook rice noodles as per package instruction.


Strain the noodles and rinse under cold water.


place the noodles in individual soup bowls and spoon the broth on top of the noodles.

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By ritu on Nov 11, 2011

I am so glad I found this fabulous vegetarian pho recipe. I love pho and recently became vegetarian and decided to make it. I followed all ingredients but substituted lemon for lemongrass and omitted sugar. I added a few tsp of rice wine vinegar. My kids chowed it down with noodles and a quick stir fried chicken tenderloins in it. I had it with tofu. Thanks for your pictures they are so tempting. This website is on my favorite bar.


By Recipes | Pearltrees on Aug 27, 2012

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By eatme_delicious on Feb 19, 2008

I haven't had pho in so long! I don't even know where I can find vegetarian pho around here. Thanks for the recipe. :)

By LisaRene on Jan 29, 2008

What a satisfying soup. Some soups leave me feeling hungry, yours looks like it would fill me up!

By Kribha on Jan 29, 2008

Perfect soup for the season. You have done an awesome job.

By Suganya on Jan 17, 2008

DK, This is a must try. Thanks for the reicpe. You have done all the work for us :)

By DEEPA on Jan 17, 2008

awesome one ...very different soup ...i have bookmarked it ..thks for sharing

By Laavanya on Jan 17, 2008

That looks like a very flavorful soup.. Thanks for posting a veggie version of this.

By Johanna on Jan 16, 2008

that recipe looks delicious - whenever I go to vietnamese restaurants I so often find the stock is not vego so I can't have the noodle soups - maybe I need to make this version at home - have almost all the ingredients - thanks

By Jeena on Jan 16, 2008

Dhivya this is such a healthy soup. When I saw all those mushrooms cooking I started to feel hungry. :-)

By Siri on Jan 16, 2008

Oh, forgot to mention about soup.. it looks delicious.. but can't make.. becoz.. I don't eat mushrooms..:(

~ Siri

By Siri on Jan 16, 2008

Hey Dhivi, Will mitch u too dear!..:)
don't worry will be in touch with my bestest friend..:D

~ Siri

By Rajitha on Jan 16, 2008

you know i saw this soup in the jan vege times and i have been planning to make it since..looking at urs is really a good push! yummers

By Sagari on Jan 16, 2008

divya soup looks wonderfulllllllll healthy and filling

By Asha on Jan 16, 2008

Hullo D, did you spam me yet?;D

Looks like a great Winter dish to have.

By Rosie on Jan 16, 2008

You have created a great soup here!! It looks awesome :D

BTW - your site layout is brilliant!!

Rosie x

By RAKS KITCHEN on Jan 16, 2008

Oh! This looks a perfect bowl for a very cold night's dinner!

By Joanna on Jan 15, 2008

Thanks for joining in ... this looks really good, so much flavour in one soup (and I've got most of the ingredients in my cupboard, too!)


By Sowjanya Yinti on Jan 15, 2008

looks delish. Going into my must try list :)

By Mansi Desai on Jan 15, 2008

wow, this this site just get upgraded??!! looks amazing dhivya..the new look and the soup:)

btw, just wanted to invite you for my game Night Party event:) looking forward to a delicious veg entry from your bazaar:)