Vegan Vietnamese Pho Noodle Soup – an Easy Recipe

Try my recipe for Easy Vegan Vietnamese Pho Noodle Soup! You just need a couple of ingredients and a bit of time to make this vegan version of authentic Vietnamese Pho! 

vegan Vietnamese Pho topped with fresh cilantro in a small white soup bowl

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Keep dinner light and healthy with a bowl of Vegan Vietnamese Pho Noodle Soup.

I am a big fan of all soups! I haven’t always been one, though! When I grew up back in Germany, my granny used to cook lunch for the whole family every day. And there was always some kind of soup before the main course.

Now, don’t get me wrong, we were not fancy people. My family just believes that soup is a universal remedy and should be eaten every day.

Then came the years of rebellion, when I wouldn’t like to eat soup or anything really, that my granny made. A pretty serious issue.

See, I actually grew up with 19th-century author Heinrich Hoffmann’s collection of children’s stories, one of which is solely dedicated to the disastrous consequences of soup – refusing. I’ll sum it up for you! Augustus, a healthy strong boy, proclaims that he will no longer eat his soup. Over the next five days, he dies.

Well, I clearly lasted a bit longer. However, after a long soup break in my late teens, I rediscovered my love for any type of soup!

Especially now as spring is approaching, and we all want to shed one or five pounds, soups should be our best friend.  A healthy soup that includes fresh, low-fat ingredients and a minimum of salt and extra fat.

Today’s recipe for Vegan Vietnamese Pho Noodle Soup really ticks all those boxes!

ingredients for Vegan Vietnamese Pho Noodle Soup

What is Vietnamese Pho Noodle Soup?

In Vietnam, Pho is served primarily at breakfast time! It is a savory Vietnamese noodle soup, usually beef-based. It’s has a unique and aromatic flavor from a curious blend of spices. Normally, it uses beef bones for the broth, but in our vegan pho recipe, we use vegetable broth.

Personally, I cannot imagine swapping my beloved oatmeal for noodle soup in the morning, but I do see how a bold vegetable loaded Pho could serve as an energy source for a whole hard working day.

Vegan Vietnamese Noodle Soup Pho served in a small white bowl with lime wedged on the side

Why a bowl of Pho is always a good idea: 

Trust me, if you are feeling under the weather and think you might come down with a cold, my Vegan Vietnamese Pho Noodle Soup might be just what you need.

In fact, Pho has the same comforting effect as chicken soup — but with a lot of fragrant spices added to it. I like to make a huge pot and freeze it in portions so that I have some ready whenever I need a little pick-me-up.

How to make Vegan Vietnamese Pho Noodle Soup:

In any authentic pho broth, cinnamon and star anise lead the charge, more subtle notes come from cloves and cardamom. Do not be fooled by the small amount listed in the recipe. Believe me, this pho really packs a punch!

We roast the spices before we add them to the broth and they will become very strong. Along with the whole spices, I am adding roasted onions, ginger and lemongrass to the broth, which gives the soup sweetness, a hint of heat and a certain smokiness!

Make sure to brown the ginger and onion for a minimum of 5 minutes.

fresh herbs and mushrooms on a plate ready to go into a vegan pho noodle soup

Of course, the authentic Pho Broth is made with beef bones. For our vegan version, we are using vegetable broth instead.

You can use good quality broth powder to make the 2 l of broth needed for the recipe. I like to use Organic Yeast-Free Vegetable Broth Powder as it has no artificial additives and I really enjoy the flavour.

Do keep the broth rather light, though! If you worry about your sodium intake, you can substitute the vegetable broth with low sodium broth.

For a low carb and low-calorie pho, substitute the noodles with zucchini noodles!

Vegane vietnamesische Nudelsuppe Pho - gesund und lecker


I really hope you get to try my recipe for this Vegan Vietnamese Pho Noodle Soup!  It’s easier to make than you might think and so good for you. Or shall I say, good pho you?


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Vegan Vietnamese Noodle Soup (Pho)

Try my recipe for Easy Vegan Vietnamese Pho Noodle Soup! You just need a couple of ingredients and a bit of time to make this vegan version of authentic Vietnamese Pho! 

Course Soup
Cuisine Asia, vietnam
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 350 kcal
Author Kiki Johnson


  • 2 whole cloves
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cardamom pod
  • 1 onion, big
  • 30 g ginger
  • 1 stalk lemongrass
  • 2 l vegetable broth low sodium

add - ins

  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1 carrot
  • 150 g rice noodles
  • 100 g enoki mushrooms
  • 100 g bean sprouts


  1. Add cloves, anise, cinnamon and cardamom to a pan and heat the spices on medium high a couple of minutes until they start to smoke. Take off heat and set spices aside in a little bowl.

  2. Peel the onion and slice it coarsely. Chop the ginger and cut the lemongrass into 4 cm pieces. Smash the lemongrass with the blunt side of a heavy knife to bruise and release the aroma and oils

  3. In a medium pot, heat 1 tbsp oil on medium heat and add onion slices and ginger. Fry for about 5 minutes until browned, stirring once in a while. Add lemongrass and let fry for another minute.

  4. Add whole spices and broth, turn up the heat and let everything come to a boil. Reduce the heat and let simmer for about 2 hours on low heat.

  5. Cut the lime into quarters. Chop the cilantro and julienne the carrot. Bring water to a boil in a medium pot and add the noodles. Turn off the heat and let noodles simmer in the water until al dente. Wash and trim the enoki mushrooms. Put all ingredients into separate little bowls.

  6. Pass soup through a sieve and discard onion, ginger, spices and lemongrass. Reheat broth and season with salt and sugar to taste. Add more water, if you find it too strong in flavour.

  7. Bring broth to the table in the pot and let everyone assemble their own individual soup bowls. Squeeze some lime juice on top for a fresh citrus note. Enjoy! 

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  1. Jaaaa Urlaub, bei uns gehts nächste Woche schon los 🙂 Wir haben auch einen weiten Weg, unser Ziel liegt im Indischen Ozean und ich freu mich dermassen!
    Wenn ich alles bekomme (ausser den Enokis, die gibts hier definitv nirgends) gibt es die Suppe diese Woche noch.
    Sonnige Grüsse, Tina

    • Hallo liebe Tina! Oh deine Urlaubspläne hören sich ja absolut genial an! Ich wünsche euch die beste Zeit! Und dass sie nur nicht zu schnell verfliegen möge! Ganz liebe Grüße. Kiki

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  3. This is a very good One Kiki… I am a Vietnamese myself and Pho was my everyday food for lunch and dinner. Are You a Vegan?

    • Thanks, Nathan! That means a lot coming from a Vietnamese pho-connoisseur! I am not Vegan but I do try to keep my meat intake to a minimum and get it from local sources that I trust.
      Cheers, Kiki

  4. Hey Kiki,

    mein Freund und ich haben heute Dein Pho-Rezept ausprobiert. Es ist einfach fantastisch! Die Suppe ist wirklich super lecker.Ganz großes Lob und vielen, vielen Dank für das tolle Rezept. ?

    Liebe Grüße

    • Hallo Kathy! Das freut mich aber wirklich sehr, dass euch das Rezept so zusagt! Wir kochen es selber immer wieder gerne, wenn wir gutes Zitronengras finden! Ich grüße dich ganz lieb!

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