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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. 

Course Entree, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Vietnamese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 314 kcal
Author Linda Meyer


  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 leeks chopped
  • 3 carrots sliced
  • 10 shiitake mushrooms stems removed and sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 28 oz light vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup tamari
  • 2 star anise pods
  • 1 tbsp 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 oz rice noodles
  • Basil leaves to garnish optional


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. While the broth is simmering cook the rice noodles according to the instructions on the package.

  4. Add the chopped cilantro and squeeze the lime juice into the soup and stir it to combine. Salt to taste. 
  5. Divide the noodles into four bowls and pour the broth and mushrooms over the noodles. Garnish it with more cilantro and basil leaves.
  6. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts are an estimate only. 

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Shiitake Pho
Amount Per Serving
Calories 314 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 1763mg77%
Potassium 450mg13%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 9450IU189%
Vitamin C 12.5mg15%
Calcium 87mg9%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.