Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Mushroom Pho

My version
I recently ate some vegetable pho at a local Honolulu restaurant called Ha Long Pho.  I honestly would've preferred to have some chicken or some type of meat in there, but I'm trying to increase my vegetable intake, so that's why I opted for the vegetable choice.  I thought it might be bland, but the broth was very flavorful.  Here's the link to Ha Long Pho's website. 
Vegetarian Pho from Ha Long Pho
This inspired me to want to try and cook vegetarian pho myself.  I found a recipe by Cookie + Kate for a vegetarian pho.  I made a spin off their recipe and changed a few things.  Here's the link to the original

Things I changed:
  • Used chicken bouillon base instead of vegetable broth
  • Used dried shiitake mushrooms instead of fresh
  • Cooked shiitake mushrooms directly in the broth instead of stir fry (I think stir fried and added later as the original recipe directed would've been better)
  • I ended up adding more star anise and cloves than what is shown in my video.  I needed the flavor stronger.
  • I cooked it on low in a crock pot for 24 hours.
But anyway, if you want to try my version, here's the recipe.

  • 2  3-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 5 star anise
  • 1 large onion, peeled and quartered
  • 4-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and halved
  • 4 teaspoons chicken bouillon base
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 6 ounces (one large handful) rice noodles
  • 5 ounces dried shiitake mushrooms
  • Mung bean sprouts
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Sliced Jalapenos
  • Wedges of lime
  •  Sliced onion
  • Chili oil
  1. Toast spices - cinnamon, cloves, and star anise.
  2. Peel ginger and cut onion.
  3. Add spices, ginger, and onion to slow cooker.
  4. Add chicken bouillon, water, soy sauce, and mushrooms.
  5. Cook on low for 24 hours.
  6. Soak rice noodles in hot water and prepare garnishes.
  7. Add desired amount of each broth, mushrooms, noodles, and garnishes to your bowl.
  8. Add chili oil if heat is desired.
  9. Enjoy!
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YouTube post of this video: Mushroom Pho (full video, regular speed, with captions)

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