Vegan ‘Waiters-Late-Night- Phở’

After, after all, my heart still beats Vietnamese. 
 

Too hard to believe that I almost left the country one year ago, I am aching to go back, not only to see my dear friends out there, but just to take in every moment of living there. Riding through the city on a mad moped, stopping at a little stall for food, and making these beautiful souls laugh with a simple gesture or few of my Vietnamese vocabulary.

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I know, I know, you can’t speak generally about one nation, but I am sorry, I love Vietnamese. Even here in Canada, I got a key cut and I heard the old couple speak in Vietnamese to each other, it makes my heart jump a tiny bit and I grin and say ‘Cam On Nhieu’ (-thank you very much). And boom, the face of the woman transforms into sheer happiness laughter and appreciation. Yes, that is why I love them. And that is also why I am quite upset and full of worries right now, reading the news about the situation between China and Vietnam turning into something more serious. But let’s not talk about this now.

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But yeah, because of all that, it is no surprise that I come home late at night, extremely fatigued, craving a good old Pho. So whatever. I make one. Here are just some very simple and quick instructions to my fast and easy version of a Veganized Pho. I have to mention that Pho, traditionally, needs to be made with beef broth. For the real recipe that I learned in Saigon with a family from the North, click here

‘Veganized Pho’

– roast cinnamon, lemongrass, garlic, star anise on low heat until it starts smelling great. [This is the base and the secret to every Pho. Usually added in a little bag to the beef broth].
– add (homemade) veggie broth. use vegetarian beef broth if you can find it in a natural food store.
– boil up, then strain the spice-givers out of the broth 
– choose your veggies. thinly sliced cucumber, lettuce, avocado, cilantro, sprouts. whatever you want! how about dried mushrooms?
– vermicelli rice noodles (Banh Pho) till soft
– place noodles in bowl. add broth. add vegetables. squeeze lemon, slice chili. 

And there you go :) Enjoy everyone!

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