How To Make Vegan Pho
How To Make Vegan Pho recipe.
Author: The Chef
Recipe type: Main dish
- 20 dried shiitake mushrooms
- 4 medium white onions, or 5, tops and bottoms cut off, peeled, halved crosswise
- 1 large daikon radish, peeled and cut into 1-inch (2¼ cm) thick rounds
- 1 ginger, 6 inches (15 cm) peeled, sliced into coins
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 3 cups oyster mushroom, sliced into 2-inch (5 cm) pieces (225 g)
- 12 cups water (2.8 L)
- salt, to taste
- 1 cinnamon stick, or piece of cassia bark
- 1 teaspoon clove
- 5 cardamom pods
- 5 star anises
- 1 teaspoon coriander seed
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 14 oz soft tofu, 1 package, drained and sliced into 1 inch (2 cm) pieces, or fried tofu, sliced (400 g)
- rice stick noodle, cooked
- red onion, sliced
- bean sprout, washed well
- chili pepper, thinly sliced
- lime wedge
- fresh cilantro leaves
- Add the dried shiitake mushrooms to a medium bowl and pour in enough water to cover. Cover with a dish towel and let hydrate for 8 hours, then rinse and drain the mushrooms 2-3 times. Set aside.
- In a large pan over medium heat, dry sear the onions until caramelized on both sides, 10-15 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and repeat with the daikon radish and ginger. Set aside.
- Heat the oil in the pan. Add the oyster mushrooms and sauté until browned and caramelized, 6-8 minutes.
- Add the caramelized onions, daikon, ginger, oyster mushrooms, and soaked shiitake mushrooms to a large stock pot. Add the water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low heat and cover. Simmer for at least 1 hour, or up to 8 hours. The longer it cooks, the stronger the flavor of the broth will be. Season with salt to taste.
- About 30 minutes before serving, combine the cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom, star anise, coriander, and fennel in a fine-mesh sieve. Lower into the pot, resting the sieve on the edge, then cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Remove the spices and add the tofu to heat through, 10-15 minutes.
- Remove the pot from the heat. Remove the onions, daikon, and ginger from the pot. (Slice and add them back to the soup, if desired.)
- Add the noodles to serving bowls and ladle in the broth, mushrooms, and tofu.
- Garnish with red onion, bean sprouts, chili peppers, a squeeze of lime, and cilantro.