Vegetarian Vietnamese Pho

Ingredients – Paste for the stock

10 dried red chillies (adjust according to desired spice level)

1 fresh red chilli

1 tablespoon paprika (optional)

1 large ripe tomato

4 cloves of garlic

1/3 cup chopped shallots ( about 7 shallots)

4 lemongrass stocks finely chopped ( the white part)

4 cm piece fresh galangal or ginger, finely chopped

3 young kaffir lime leaves ( remove stem and chop finely)

1 teaspoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon calamansi lime juice ( or lime juice)

salt to taste


Soak dried chillies in hot water to soften. Remove seeds from chillies to reduce spice level as desired. Grind chillies and all the above ingredients in a food processor. Heat up a pan and add 4 tablespoons of cooking oil. Add ground paste and salt and sauté until fragrant. Once slightly cool, add the calamansi  juice and stir. Cool and store in fridge if not used immediately.

pho collage 1

Ingredients for the Pho 

Vegetables of your choice…..tofu, bean sprouts, carrots, mushrooms etc

Flat rice noodles

Herbs….cilantro, mint , spring onions and thai basil

Thinly sliced red chillies


For one serving….Bring 21/2 cups of water to boil. Add in ½ – 1 (according to taste) teaspoon ground paste and 2 tablespoon tamari or soya sauce. Add one star anise.

When boiling add in vegetables and the noodles and boil until all are cooked.

Remove star anise. Serve them in bowls and top it up generously with the herbs.

Garnish with sliced red chillies.

A simple and satifying meal!

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Reblogged this on The Walla Cookbook and commented:

    Here is one of the most delicious one dish meals! The Vegetarian Vietnamese Pho.


  2. Poorvaja says:

    Quick question- how long can I store the paste and is it best kept in the fridge or freezer ? Just wondering if I can make a batch and use it later.


  3. minismantra says:

    Hi Poorvaja….you can store it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container. However freezing it will result in a loss of flavour. Best to be refrigerated…..thats what I do.


  4. marriedwithmaps says:

    We tried some absolutely delicious other (vegetarian) soups in Vietnam too at this place called Bo de Quan ( Maybe you could try out some of them as well!

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    1. minismantra says:

      Thanks for sharing. Will def try.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. pujaladia says:

    Hello! I tried the Pho and it was abs out of the world. Sorry, am unable to put the picture here (thanx to wordpress regulations). But need to thank you for such a healthy one bowl meal and other receipes on ur blog (which i still need to try!).
    Got to taste the Pho for the first time at Vandana Jiji’s (Vandana Agarwalla) residence and instantly fell in love with it. 😊

    Thank you once again!


  6. minismantra says:

    I am glad you liked it Puja. Yes it is a satisfying one bowl meal.


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