I was very excited to try out Pho, I heard so many great things about it and how flavorful it is! The very first time I tried it in resturant, it was instant love at first bite and I just knew I would have to try to recreate this on my own. Now, I will consider this an “easy pho” because I do use a pre-made vegetable broth for my base but I am really happy with how it turned out! Hope you guys enjoy 🙂
Serving: 4 Large bowls
What you need:
- 2 Whole cinnamon sticks
- 3 Whole cloves
- 2 Star anise
- 4 Inch fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
- 1 TBS of dried basil, paprika & garlic powder
- 2 TBS of black pepper
- 3 TBS of low sodium soy sauce
- 1 Large yellow onion, Quartered
- 32 Oz low sodium vegetable broth
- 4 Cups of water
- 1 Bag of Maifun rice sticks or any brand rice noodle
- 1 Bag of baby bok choy
- 1 Cup of sliced shiitake mushrooms
- Mung bean sprouts
- Green onion, chopped
- Thinly sliced jalapeno
- Fresh mint
- Fresh Cilantro
- 1 Container of extra firm tofu
- Avocado oil
- In a large pot without any oil, toast cinnamon sticks, cloves and star anise for about 2-3 minutes.
- Once toasted add broth, water, soy sauce, onion, ginger and seasonings all together in pot. Let simmer together for about 30-40 minutes. Once done, sift out the cloves, cinnamon, star anise and onion. (The smell is amazing!!)
- To prepare the tofu: Allow tofu to drain on a paper towel for about 15 minutes to get excess water out of it. Cube in small pieces,coat with olive oil and bake until golden brown and crunchy on the outside.
- Saute mushrooms in 1 tps of avocado oil until tender and set a side.
- Peel apart bok choy in individual leaves and quickly saute in pan with 1 tsp of avocado oil, set a side.
- Chop jalapeno and green onion.
- For the rice sticks or noodles, cook according to the directions on the box.
- Add 2 large spoon fills of hot broth into bowl and add handful of noodles
- Garnish with tofu, bean sprouts, green onion, mushrooms, bok choy, mint and cilantro. Add more broth over the top to fill bowl.
I also added a little crush red pepper for some added heat! The smell of this Pho was so amazing and I loved the delicate flavors!
Until next time,