Friday, January 11, 2008

Vegetarian Pho

  • 6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 3 large shallots, sliced (1 cup)
  • 1/2 c. dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 10 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 3 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 12 thin coins of fresh ginger (about 1/4 inch thick)
  • 1 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 5-6 fresh basil stems, leaves reserved for the soup
  • 5-6 cilantro stems, leaves reserved soup
  • 8oz. pkg. rice noodles
  • 8 oz. pkg Asian-flavor baked tofu, thinly sliced (maybe more)
  • 2 cups soybean sprouts
  • 2 cups watercress
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 c. chopped cilantro
  • 1 c. fresh basil leaves
  • 1 lime
To make Broth: Place all ingredients in large pot with 8 cups of water. Cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, covered, 1 hour. Strain broth and return to pot. Discard solids.

To make Pho: Cook rice noodles according to package directions. Drain, and rinse under cold water. Divide among 6 large soup bowls. Ladle broth over noodles, and top with tofu, sprouts, watercress, and green onions. Serve cilantro, basil and lime wedges on the side to be stirred into the soup.

290 CAL; 16g PROTEIN, 5.5g TOTAL, 3g FIBER

Thank you Vegetarian Times Jan/Feb. 2008


Emily said...

Maybe this will inspire me to try this over the weekend. Maybe I need to work a trip into the asian grocery :)

Malaika said...

We can pretend we are all in Vietnam together.....
: )