Prep 15 mins
Cook 6 hrs 30 mins
This is a low cal filling soup - I didn't use the seitan and it was still very good and filling. Recipe source: Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 green chili pepper, seeded and chopped
- 3 slices ginger
- 2 star anise, whole
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 tablespoons tamari (or your favorite soy sauce)
- 6 cups vegetable broth
- 1 tablespoon peanut oil
- 4 ounces seitan, cut into strips, optional (I didn't use any)
- 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 tablespoons barley miso (or regular miso(I used white miso)
- 2 tablespoons hot water
- 6 ounces rice noodles, soaked for 15 minutes in cold water and drained
- 1⁄2 cup bean sprouts, garnish
- 4 scallions, chopped, garnish
- 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped, garnish
- In crock pot combine the first 7 ingredients (onion - broth), cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
- Meanwhile, heat oil in skillet over medium high heat and add seitan strips. Brown on all sides. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Strain broth/stock and return broth to crock pot.
- In a small cup combine miso paste with water.
- In a small bowl combine the next 2 ingredients and the miso/water mixture. Add to broth in crock pot. Stir in drained rice sticks and seitan. Cook for 5-10 minutes longer or until rice sticks are soft.
- To serve, ladle soup into bowls and garnish with bean sprouts, scallions and cilantro.
My husband and I enjoyed this very much! Wonderful smell while cooking. We didn't have seitan so I substituted extra firm tofu. We will have this again!
I made this recipe never having had Pho before, so I have no idea if it tasted the way Pho is supposed to taste, but it sure was good! Easy too! The next time I make it I will go to Chinatown for the star anise and I had to substitute the green chili with Korean red pepper since that's all I had handy. I also used extra firm tofu instead of seitan and fresh noodles which I added immediately prior to serving. I will definately make this again!
I have a copy of the cookbook that this recipe comes from and I've always wanted to try it. It was prepared as written except that I omitted the seitan and didn't use scallions and cilantro as DD doesn't care for them. The aroma while cooking was wonderful, however I think the flavours were a bit too exotic for us to enjoy this more. Not the fault of the recipe at all but rather our taste. Made for Newest Zaar Tag.