I have really been craving Pho lately. Like… for the past 6 months.
It seems like the strongest cravings always come at really inconvenient times… such as a Tuesday, when the best noodle shop in town is closed. Fortunately, the owner of my local Asian grocery pointed me toward a vegetarian pho soup base that is almost as good as the “real thing”.
However, we have recently entered the time of year where temperatures exceed 100 degrees every day for weeks on end, and though my Pho cravings have not subsided, I am NOT interested in steaming up the whole house to make gallons of glorious soup.
(Enter My Twisted Inspiration)
“Create healthy, summery dishes inspired by Pho flavors and ingredients!!!”
Now, I try very hard not to mention specific products by name, as I don’t want anyone to feel pressured to shop at particular places or spend big bucks on an item when a cheaper item could do the job…
That being said, I’m going to “product name-drop” for this week’s blog because it is SO GOOD and I don’t know a comparable substitute! The magical vegetarian soup base recommended by my favorite Vietnamese grocer and noodle shop owner is: Quot Viet Vegetarian Pho Soup Base.
Unfortunately, my nutritional estimates are even more estimate-y than usual, because the listed ingredients are mysteriously vague (e.g. “spices”). Also, the sources I use for my calculations are very basic and Western in nature, and do not factor in the various medicinal benefits attributed to ingredients traditionally present in Pho: clove, star anise, coriander seed, fennel, cinnamon, black cardamom, ginger, shiitake mushroom and onion. I do the best I can with the tools available.