It is the broth. No really, it is all in the broth. Spending time making your own vegan pho broth is something that has so much value. Often when made commercially, the vegan versions have a lot of salt or MSG in them to enhance the flavor. However, once you make your own from scratch, there is a whole new flavor profile that emerges that can support your journey to add fresh flavor with spices, herbs, and plants. And we know this leads to increased vitality. Making the “best” flavored vegan pho broth is going to be a recipe that you put on repeat once you get the kitchen flow of down. We make this at least 1-2 times per month and sometimes more.
One of my favorite tips came from my dad. I’m not sure where he first learned it… however it was great to hear it from him. “The most expensive food you have is the food you throw away.” Wow, that was a mind-expanding phrase the first time I heard it. And started a whole new train of thought that would lead to me taking a new look at leftover kitchen veggie scraps. Now, each week, I save the extras in the fridge. And then, once a week, I make a broth with these scraps. And when I let them percolate overnight in the slow cooker with seaweed, shiitake mushrooms, and spices, it leads to a magical most flavorful vegan pho broth. So time is a factor here too.
Making a vegan version of pho does require a commitment to taking time in the kitchen to create the flavor profile. However, the umami that comes from the shiitake and kombu cooking overnight can really lead to a very full flavor profile. Once you have the broth, any number of steamed veggies can be placed on top. I have special techniques for this and washing the soba noodles that are outlined in the video below. So even though “they” said it could not be done, I kept testing and in time found a vegan pho broth that I truly love. You can add miso, soy sauce, or Bragg’s amino acids at the end as you taste preference indicates.
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