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Vegan Pho - Vietnamese Noodle Soup

50 min



Pho is a Vietnamese soup consisting of broth, rice noodles, herbs, and meat. To make it plant-based, this version uses tofu which compliments the slurp-able broth. Don't skimp on the toppings! They're the best part of this comforting soup.



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  • 1
    medium yellow onion, quartered
  • 2
    medium shallots, cut in half
  • 2
    cloves garlic, cut in half
  • 3 Tbsp (18 g)
    fresh ginger, sliced
  • 1
    cinnamon stick, cut in half
  • ½ tsp
    whole peppercorns
  • 6
    whole cloves
  • 3
    star anises
  • 1 tsp (5 mL)
    vegetable oil
  • 5 cups (1200 mL)
  • 1
    vegetable bouillon cube, crushed
  • 6.3 oz (180 g)
    button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1
    carrot, thinly sliced (optional)
  • ½
    medium broccoli, cut into florets
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL)
  • 1 tsp (5 mL)
    rice vinegar (optional)
  • 6.3 oz (180 g)
    dry white rice noodles

Tofu strips

  • ½ Tbsp (7 mL)
    vegetable oil
  • 5.8 oz (165 g)
    firm tofu, pressed, thinly sliced
  • ¼ tsp


  • ¼
    lime, cut into wedges
  • ½ cup (45 g)
    fresh bean sprouts
  • 2 Tbsp (3 g)
    fresh basil
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp (5 mL)


  1. Add the onion, shallots, garlic, ginger, cinnamon stick, peppercorns, cloves, and star anise to a large pot on medium-high heat. Dry roast until fragrant, about 2 minutes, stirring continuously.
  2. Then add the oil and continue to cook for another 1 minute.
  3. Add the water and bouillon, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, partially cover and cook for 25 minutes to flavour the broth.
  4. Meanwhile, heat some oil in a large pan on medium-high heat. Add the tofu to the pan, sprinkle over the salt, and do not disturb until the bottom is golden, about 5 - 8 minutes. Then flip and cook on the other side until golden.
  5. When the broth is cooked, scoop out the onion, shallots, garlic, ginger, and spices.
  6. To this broth, add the veggies, soy sauce, and vinegar. Partially cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, add the rice noodles to a large bowl and cover with boiling water. When al dente, after about 3 - 5 minutes, drain, rinse, and divide between the serving bowls.
  8. To serve, ladle the veggies and broth over the noodles. Serve with the cooked tofu and load with desired toppings. Serve immediately and enjoy while hot!


  • This soup is best enjoyed immediately.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 day and reheated before serving.

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Grains & Starches 43%

dry white rice noodles

Proteins 5%

firm tofu

Fruits & Veggies 52%

medium yellow onion

medium shallot

clove garlic

fresh ginger

button mushrooms


medium broccoli


fresh bean sprouts

fresh basil


firm tofu


vegetable oil

vegetable oil

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Érica Ramos - April 16, 2024, 5:58 p.m.

My first time preparing and eating pho. I made a version with what I had on hand.

It was so good. The fresh basil and lime juice made it go to another level. My mom loved it too

I didn't have star anises and a vegetable bouillon cube, nor substitutes, so I didn't put it
I used spinach instead of brocolli; apple vinegar instead of rice vinegar; instant noodle instead of rice noodles and; fresh chicory instead of bean sprouts.
I made a homemade version of hoisin sauce -as I never seen it selling where I live- and a homemade version of sriracha sauce - as it stopped selling in the store nearby.
Instead of tofu, I used cooked chickpeas. After toasting it with the oil and a double amount of salt, I let it drying for a long time in the frying pan, until it was almost totally dried. It tasted like pieces of chicken breast when it is made with no sauce, just with a little bit of oil. I recomend trying it, it was very good.

I changed mostly the vegetables and it was still delicious.

Your guy's site and recipes are really really good :)

PUL Team - April 16, 2024, 11:46 p.m.

Hey there, Érica, aw it sounds like you got creative with your pho ingredients! Your homemade hoisin and sriracha sauces sound lovely. It's great to hear that even with substitutions the dish turned out delicious. We're excited to share more delicious adventures together 🥰✨

Johanna - Feb. 27, 2024, 4:31 a.m.

Making this recipe was also my first time eating pho. I have not yet found a vegan pho at a restaurant that I like better than this so I guess I’m officially spoiled now ;)

PUL Team - Feb. 27, 2024, 10:50 p.m.

Aww we're so happy that the Vegan Pho is being enjoyed, Johanna! Who needs a restaurant when we can make it at home ;)

Wallace Swanson - Jan. 18, 2024, 4:47 a.m.

Well you have hit on your hands. The smell of the broth generated a comment from my son-in-law are we having pho tonight. My daughter said the last time she tried to make pho it was way more involved. They both said this rivals some of the pho restaurants here in San Francisco. Definitely a keeper

PUL Team - Jan. 18, 2024, 7:21 a.m.

Wow what a big compliment, Wallace! We're so thrilled that the vegan pho was enjoyed 🤩

Gesa von Hirschheydt - Jan. 8, 2024, 9:32 p.m.

I have made this already 5-6 times and it's still a favourite!

PUL Team - Jan. 9, 2024, 9:40 p.m.

Woohoo - nothing beats a comforting pho 🥰 thanks, Gesa von Hirschheydt!

Jessica Sz - Jan. 7, 2024, 11:25 p.m.

I've made the recipe twice now, always with a few adjustments because I can't just copy a recipe when I cook😄, but it's definitely become one of my new favorite dishes

Shelly Vargas - Dec. 10, 2023, 2:06 a.m.

I made this but did not have as much flavour as I was expecting. Had to add salt and it was too late then. I don’t have here (in Australia) veggie cubes, so I use ‘Vegeta’ (vegan seasoning) and I wasn’t sure how much to add, so perhaps it needed more.
I noticed you use the veggie cubes in many recipes so it would be good for me to know how much powder to use for every cube. Even if it is not precise, but at least an idea. Thank you!

PUL Team - Dec. 10, 2023, 4:09 a.m.

Hey there, Shelly, thanks for sharing your experience with the recipe. The veggie bouillon cubes are indeed higher in salt than other general vegan seasonings. Our bouillon cubes are usually around 5-10 grams each. In case it helps, the vegetable bouillon cube and water (5 cups/1200 mL for 2 servings) can be substituted for equal parts vegetable stock or broth, adding salt to taste as needed. Otherwise, pho broth does tend to be a bit on the mild side, a lot of the flavouring of the soup comes from the toppings, such as the fresh herbs, hoisin and hot sauce 😃

Shelly Vargas - Dec. 11, 2023, 12:47 a.m.

Thank you for your reply PUL Team!
I’ve started with a couple of recipes, so I’ll start playing with the powder and the salt until I get the measurements right.
I’m one of those people who need the exact measurements 😅 otherwise I can’t continue.

Martunia - Dec. 9, 2023, 1:56 p.m.

I made pho before but it was way more laborsome and took way longer. This was such a simple recipe with almost the same result! I used Sichuan peppercorns instead of regular ones and I used ramen noodles instead of rice ones. I also made a bigger batch of the soup to last me two extra days. The addition of fresh bean sprouts is a must! It gives a lovely fresh crunch to every spoonful.

PUL Team - Dec. 9, 2023, 11:58 p.m.

Aww we're so thrilled that the Vegan Pho was enjoyed, Martunia, your experience with the substitutions and larger portion sounds lovely! It means so much that the recipe was enjoyed 🥰

Anne Lapins - Nov. 16, 2023, 9:47 p.m.

Delicious!! Easy to make. This will definitely be a staple in our house. It's so filling without feeling heavy. 5 limes 🍈🍈🍈🍈🍈 rating 😋

PUL Team - Nov. 16, 2023, 11:24 p.m.

Hehe so happy that the pho was enjoyed, Anne, thank you! ✨

Liv J - Nov. 12, 2023, 9:27 p.m.


Earl - April 26, 2023, 5:43 p.m.

I have a question! What do you use the onion, shallots, garlic, ginger, and spices for, after you take them out of the broth? Feels bad to throw them out.

PUL Team - May 1, 2023, 6:15 a.m.

Hey Earl, the ingredients infuse into the pho so they won't offer as strong of flavours if used again. You can reuse them in other recipes if you'd like though! For example, in vegetable broth, soup, stir-fries, dips. We have a vegetable broth recipe here if you haven't already seen it:… 🙂

Keren - April 10, 2023, 9:35 p.m.

Hey! I am really looking forward to make it

Can I switch 3 star anises With something else/live them out? :)

PUL Team - April 11, 2023, 2:28 a.m.

Hey Keren, we'd recommend using star anise if possible for the best flavour, but if needed you could omit it and adjust the pho to taste. We've heard positive reviews with anise seed and fennel seed instead of star anise 🙂

Brittany - Feb. 20, 2023, 1:23 a.m.

So yummy, loved the lime and basil topping. Used leak instead of onion as that is all I had and it turned out fantastic fantastic. Thank you!

PUL Team - Feb. 20, 2023, 7:34 a.m.

So happy to hear, Brittany, thank you!

Aletta - Sept. 14, 2022, 7:29 p.m.

Amazing recipe and easy to make. And way better than what I get at the local asian Fastfood...thank you!

PUL Team - Sept. 15, 2022, 7:27 p.m.

Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with it, Aletta 😊

Eva C - June 27, 2022, 7:56 p.m.

I made this recipe for my family and it was absolutely delicious! We didn't have cinnamon sticks so I used ground cinnamon and it worked really well. One of my new favourites for sure <3

PUL Team - June 28, 2022, 2:45 a.m.

A lovely substitution, Eva, thank you! So glad it was enjoyed ☺️

Kavita Chetty - June 20, 2022, 9:43 p.m.

This was delicious! But when we poured boiling water over the noodles and let it sit for only one minute the noodles remained very hard. It was only after cooking it according to the packet directions that we get less hard pho noodles. Did we do something wrong?

PUL Team - June 22, 2022, 4:08 p.m.

Hey there, Kavita, thanks a bunch for taking the time to share your experience! The line has been updated to say 3 - 5 minutes and our apologies for the typo on our end. The brand we use cooks in 3 minutes, but different brands of noodles vary in cooking time, so we'd recommend still cooking according to the packet instructions😊

Tina - April 17, 2022, 9:50 p.m.

To replace star anise that is not readily available, I used a combination of 1/4tsp anise seed and 1/4tsp fennel seed to replace one star anise. The whole family LOVES this recipe! Thank you!

PUL Team - April 18, 2022, 2:04 a.m.

Thanks for the tip, Tina, it's so appreciated! Enjoy 😃

Weronika - April 4, 2022, 1:47 p.m.

I absolutely love it AND I’m not even soup person. Now all I have to do is force every single person in my family to learn this recipe by heart in case I get sick😅❤️

PUL Team - April 5, 2022, 5:23 a.m.

Aw we're so happy it's being enjoyed, Weronika, thanka a bunch!

Marceline - Dec. 29, 2021, 11:14 p.m.

Absolutely delicious and so easy to make! Loved how it was basically a one-pot recipe! The base method for making the soup has inspired me so much for my general soup-making process. Thank you for sharing <3

PUL Team - Dec. 30, 2021, 5:47 a.m.

Thank YOU for the glowing review, Marceline, it's so appreciated!

Akshita Batra - Nov. 29, 2021, 7:10 p.m.

Love Love Love it! Simple and Delicious.

Hethe - July 28, 2021, 1:55 p.m.

Such a great recipe!
Making it for my veganism opposing parents today and am sure to sweep them off their feet with it ;)

PUL Team - July 29, 2021, 6:07 p.m.

So glad the recipe has been enjoyed, Hethe, we hope your parents love it!

Amaara - July 24, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

I've made this 3 times and each time was better than the last!!

Melissa - July 23, 2021, 7:24 p.m.

I'm not vegan or vegetarian, but stumbled upon this recipe years ago when I was looking to make easy pho at home. Without the bones and all, using this recipe cuts the cooking time down by hours, so I gave it a try; It's been a staple recipe for me ever since. No joke, I had doubts it would taste like the real thing, but I'm still in shock to this day that it tastes identical to a bone-broth pho! It's simply delicious, thank you for sharing!

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 8:54 p.m.

We're so grateful you found the review and have been enjoying the pho, Melissa! It means so much 🌻

Jule - July 15, 2021, 10:29 a.m.

I have been making this recipe again again and again over the past years. I highly recommend smoked tofu and just a dash white miso in the soup to bring the flavours out even more (even miso is defenitely not something you usually put into pho...). Even my non-vegan parents approve.

PUL Team - July 18, 2021, 1:49 a.m.

Such a lovely compliment, Jule! Love the idea to use smoked tofu as well :)

Céline - July 10, 2021, 11:15 p.m.

It was my first ever pho. It is very special. An interesting recipe but nothing that I will have on a weekly basis. Because I am not that used to the pho taste.

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 4:35 a.m.

Oooh we're honoured to have been your first pho experience, Céline! We've found that we enjoy pho more when we eat it more often so that's totally fair 🙂

Kate - July 9, 2021, 12:23 a.m.

I love this recipe - have made it again and again over the past couple of years. I use buckwheat soba instead of the rice noodles which probably makes my version not-pho but it's delicious!

PUL Team - July 12, 2021, 2:55 a.m.

Buckwheat soba is a lovely idea, Kate, thank you! 😍

Ketzali - July 8, 2021, 5:55 p.m.

Really good vegan Pho that reminded us of Vietnam!

Tessa - March 27, 2021, 3:37 p.m.

LOVED this recipe! Just made it for dinner tonight and my husband and I have full and nourished happy bellies. ❤

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 5:57 p.m.

Thank you for the lovely review, Tessa! We love happy and nourished bellies 🥰