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phomofo: (almost) instant pho


Never mind the leaf. It fell as I was shooting this and I had to act fast to beat the cats. And yes, my spoon has a little pickle man on it. I hope he’s not saying anything rude.

It’s almost instant, because while I used packaged broth, I still had to cut up a bunch of vegetables. That makes it a little more respectable, right?

I found a packaged vegan phở at my local Asian market, so of course I picked it up. It’s pretty neato, with broth powder and spice (tea)bags. It only comes with two spice bags, and it’s enough mix for 20 cups, so that’s a little annoying if you’re only cooking for two folks at a time, but whatcha gonna do? I made 4-5 cups two nights in a row, so I just reused one spice bag, keeping it in the fridge overnight.

While the broth is good, with hints of anise and cinnamon, without a solid collection of vegetables, tofu, and rice noodles, it’s simply not phở. I stocked my bowl with:

  • baked tofu, cubed and cooked in broth for just a couple of minutes
  • celery, cooked in broth for about a minute
  • mushrooms
  • red bell pepper
  • scallions
  • cilantro
  • bean sprouts

For the tofu and celery, I wanted to give them a head start so they weren’t raw. I normally wouldn’t add celery, but I had just a little in the fridge and it was on its way out. I tossed them in the broth, removing them before tossing in the rice noodles, which soften and plump up pretty quickly (depends on the type you use—just follow your directions).

Then all conversation ceases as you inhale this soup so fragrant and hearty that you wouldn’t dare wonder where the crackers are.



4 thoughts on “phomofo: (almost) instant pho

  1. I love that you had broth sachets – I think making a broth is always what stops me from making pho myself. Also, I need pho spoons (no idea if that’s what they’re actually called). Love you pickle man!

    • The broth is absolutely why it’s taken me so long to do this — I know it’s dumb, but the recipes just seem so long.

      In the Chicago area, maybe check out Mitsuwa — they have Asian stuff that’s not Japanese, right? (It’s been more than 10 years since I lived there…)

  2. Hello fellow Vegan Mofo’er 🙂

    Love your “Instant Pho” and would like to link to your recipe on the Vegan Mofo round up post on my blog this Friday.
    Nice to meet you btw.

    P.S. Connect with me on Facebook (CandidaDietPlan), @candidadiettips on Twitter and Sandra Boehner on Pinterest so you see when the post goes live 😉

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