Wow, Tiffany, a “pho pun”, how original. I know, right? Have I devolved into dad jokes? Never, because I’m too hilarious for that. I just had to, because I’m finally publishing my 100% vegan pho recipe. Told you I’d never forget you. I took a really long hiatus, but I’m present, I promise. I even added a bunch of new albums in the gallery – granted half of them are from last year. It’s been a busy year, get off my back, y’all!! I’ll get around to my European photos by the end of this month…I hope.. Anyway, back to the pho: whether you’re a meat eater or not, it’s a scrumptious recipe, so you can take your reservations & judgment & shove it right up your hairy nose holes. Pho is pronounced “fuh?” not “foe”. Source: I’m Vietnamese. There’s a question mark to indicate that you’re supposed to raise your voice as if you’re asking a question. In Vietnamese, pho has two question marks on the “O”, so trust me & lower your inquisitive eyebrow. If you’re an avid meat eater & think the idea of pho being vegan is absurd, you better swipe left right on out of here. Vietnam is known as one of the least religious countries in the world as its main “religion” aka folklore/cultural beliefs is heavily influenced by Taoism, Confucianism, & Buddhism. Many Buddhists are vegetarian/vegan, thus the meat-free versions of Vietnamese cuisine is 1 trillion times better than any quinoa kale salad you’ve ever had. There are lots of great vegetarian restaurants in Vietnam, so open your minddDdddD.
In my last post, I had a little aside/rant on so-called “vegan pho” recipes that didn’t use the correct noodles &/or the absolutely necessary spices. The reason I get my panties all in a bunch over this is analogous to sitting in a restaurant, ordering a vegetable curry with Jasmine rice, but receiving mushy fruits (not vegetables) in soy sauce (not curry) with couscous (not Jasmine rice). “Pho” does not mean noodle in Vietnamese, “bun” does (pronounced boon?). Pho is a type of rice noodle. Pho is only one type of Viet noodle soup dish. Yes, sweetie, we (my Viet peoplez) have a BUNCH & they’re all delicious. So expand your horizons, try another noodle soup besides ramen sometime, & fall in love. So simple. Additionally, using the correct type of noodle is important to enjoying pho because it completely changes the flavor profile if you use others & also changes the mouthfeel experience. Shout out to my favorite fictional foodie, Detective Boyle for emphasizing the importance of mouthfeel.
You can use thicker pho noodles, but you should not be using udon, ramen, bean thread, or any other type of noodles. If you’re unfamiliar with Vietnamese cuisine, Serious Eats made the perfect list of some of the best Viet food. Enough talking, let’s get down to some photastic photos. Aaaannnnnndddd & I’m a dad. Congrats to me. It’s a girl.
Pho Chay (Vegan Pho)
Just to warn anyone who wants to embark on this journey of making pho chay, my recipe takes a long time. Most Viet restaurants that have pho chay as an option will pretty much slap together vegetable broth, noodles, & some vegetables. I’ve fed this exact recipe to a bunch of people & I’ve gotten positive feedback! Staring at these photos is making me really crave it again, so I guess I’ll be having this on the weekend.