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Two bowls of shiitake pho in white speckled bowls garnished with fresh cilantro and basil with chopsticks and lime wedges and a blue and white striped towel next to them

Vegan Shiitake Pho

A delicious, savory and warm Vietnamese street soup that's so delicious and healthy. Made with shiitake mushrooms and rice noodles. 
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Entree, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 314kcal
Author: Linda & Alex


  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 leeks chopped
  • 3 carrots sliced
  • 10 shiitake mushrooms stems removed and sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 28 ounce light vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup tamari
  • 2 star anise pods
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro plus more for garnishing
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 8 ounce rice noodles
  • Basil leaves to garnish optional


  • In a large deep pan or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil on medium heat and caramelize the leeks until they’re a light golden brown. This will add so much flavor to the broth. If you don’t cook with oil you can caramelize them in a little bit of broth.
  • Add the carrots, mushrooms, garlic, vegetable broth, water, tamari, star anise, ginger, bay leaves, and the cinnamon stick and bring to a boil. Once the broth is boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and let it cook for 30 minutes.
  • While the broth is simmering cook the rice noodles according to the instructions on the package.
  • Add the chopped cilantro and squeeze the lime juice into the soup and stir it to combine. Salt to taste. 
  • Divide the noodles into four bowls and pour the broth and mushrooms over the noodles. Garnish it with more cilantro and basil leaves.
  • Enjoy!


The Nutrition Facts are an estimate only. 


Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1763mg | Potassium: 450mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 9450IU | Vitamin C: 12.5mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 2.6mg
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