Friday, April 27, 2012

Vegan Pho

What is Pho? It is a Vietnamese noodle soup, usually served with beef (phở bò) or chicken (phở gà). The soup includes noodles made from rice and is often served with Asian basil, mint leaves, lime, and bean sprouts that are added to the soup by the person who is dining. The dish is associated with the city of Hanoi, where the first phở restaurant opened in the 1920s. Now that we've had are little history lesson on the origins of Pho enjoy this vegan, animal friendly version =)

What You Need:
  • 8 ounces dried rice noodles
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 8 ounces Seitan, drained and cut into strips
  • 6 cups vegetable stock or water
  • 1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons miso paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha (or to taste)
  • 3 to 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro leaves

What You Do:
  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Turn off the heat, add the rice noodles, and let them sit for 30 minutes to soften. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the seitan strips and brown on all sides. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Bring the stock or water to a boil in a large pot. Add the onion, ginger, hoisin sauce, and soy sauce. Reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes. Stir in the lime juice.
  4. Place 1/2 cup of the hot liquid into a small bowl. Add the miso paste and stir to blend well. Transfer the blended miso paste into the soup along with the chile paste, if using. Do not boil. Stir in the seitan& noodles.
  5. Divide the soup among individual bowls. Add the scallions, and cilantro. Serve immediately.
         Recipe from all photos by Laura Spear 

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