Chef Katie's Vegan Pho

Vegan Pho with Shittakes, Edamame & Bok Choy

PHO! Is there anything better than slurping up a big bowl of delicious brothy noodles? The answer is no. Soupy, slurpy, full of gorgeous flavo\urs from star anise, cloves, cinnamon, garlic and ginger, topped with basil, mint, cilantro, and all sorts of other goodness. A total bowl of health! 

Recipe yields 4 generous bowls.


  • 6 star anise
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tablespoon peppercorns
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 onion, halved
  • 1 carrot, halved
  • 1 stalk celery, haved
  • 10 shittake mushroom stems
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1- 4 inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced in half


  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 tbsp. fresh ginger, minced/grated
  • 8 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. sweet white miso


  • 10 shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced 
  • 4 baby bok choy, sliced
  • 1 cup shelled edamame, defrosted
  • 1 pkg rice noodles, cooked and tossed in toasted sesame oil
  • lime slices
  • mung bean sprouts
  • fresh thai basil leaves
  • fresh cilantro leaves
  • sriracha
  • hoisin


In a medium pot over low heat, combine the star anise, cinnamon stick, peppercorns, and cloves and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add the water, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, ginger, and the stems of the shiitake mushrooms. Simmer for 1 hour.  Strain the broth and set aside to make the soup

Cook the noodles according to instructions.  Drain the noodles and rinse with cold water to stop them from cooking. Toss with 2 tbsp. toasted sesame oil to prevent sticking.

In the saucepan you used to make the broth, add the coconut oil over medium heat.  Add the diced carrots, onion and celery and saute for 5 minutes.  Add the broth back to the pot and bring to a simmer.  Add the ginger, tamarin, rice vinegar and miso. Cook the broth for 45 minutes. 

in a soup bowl, add the topping ingredients - a little of each depending on the amount of rice noodles, veggies and sauces (hoisin and sriracha) you are craving.  Ladle the hot broth over the toppings and allow to sit for 2-3 minutes to combine all the yummy flavors!