Faux pho

Laden with golden tofu and satiny noodles, this richly spiced Vietnamese comfort soup brings all the goods: veggies, protein and mouthwatering flavour.


( 57 ratings )

Preparation time:
10 minutes
Total time:
23 minutes


  • 900-mL  carton vegetable or chicken broth, about 3 1/2 cups
  • 1  cinnamon stick
  • 1  thin slice ginger
  • 1  star anise (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp each granulated sugar and hot chili-garlic sauce
  • 1/2  of a 350-g pkg extra-firm tofu or 1 cup chopped cooked chicken
  • 2 cups sliced shiitake or button mushrooms
  • Bundle of thin rice vermicelli noodles, about 1 in. thick
  • 2  green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup shredded mint or basil
  •  Handful of bean sprouts (optional)
  • 1  lime

Our easy take on this classic Vietnamese comfort soup features a ginger-scented broth and lots of satiny noodles. Fresh mint livens up the dish.


  • Pour broth into large saucepan set over high heat. Add cinnamon, ginger, anise, sugar and chili-garlic sauce. Bring to a boil. Then simmer over medium-low until flavourful, 5 to 10 min. Remove and discard cinnamon, anise and ginger.
  • Meanwhile, cut tofu into cubes. Remove and discard shiitake stems. Slice mushrooms. Oil a large frying pan and set over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and tofu. Stir often until tofu is golden around edges, 5 min. Add to broth. If using chicken, add now. Bring to a boil, then stir in noodles, separating as you add. Boil gently, stirring often, until noodles are tender, 3 to 5 min. Stir in onions and mint, then ladle into soup bowls. Top with bean sprouts and serve with lime wedges.

Nutrition (per Serving)

16 g
41 g
156 mg

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