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Vegetarian Pho in San Diego

Saabiar Mar 7, 2009 10:43 PM

Any options for Pho with a vegetarian broth?

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  1. Fake Name RE: Saabiar Mar 8, 2009 09:47 AM

    never seen one. The base for Pho is a broth made with dead animals.

    Very tasty.

    : )

    1. trentyzan RE: Saabiar Mar 8, 2009 11:26 AM

      Can't vouch for the quality, but...


      ...or there's Pho Super Bowl in Alhambra. You could also just make your own, most Viet markets sell powdered vegetarian mushroom broth in those big silver bags.

      1. Josh RE: Saabiar Mar 8, 2009 05:00 PM

        I'd suggest making your own.

        1. phee RE: Saabiar Mar 8, 2009 11:17 PM

          There is a Pho Super Bowl in La Mesa at 8342 Parkway Drive, and they have a vegetarian pho listed on the menu (#19). It comes with tofu and broccoli, plus the usual accompaniments. You may want to call to ensure the broth is vegetarian also, but I can tell you their pho is pretty darned good. Our daughter has an art class on Wednesday nights off University, and we hit Pho Super Bowl afterward. The couple who run the place are the nicest people, the food is very good, the shaken teas with boba are delicious, and their prices are extremely reasonable.

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            epicureous eggplant RE: Saabiar Mar 9, 2009 01:51 PM

            Pho Station in Sorrento Valley
            Besides the beef based, they have chicken, and vegetarian broth.

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              Bobierto RE: Saabiar Mar 9, 2009 04:27 PM

              Interesting, i thought the whole point of pho was the delicious beef broth. That certainly seemed to be the basis of the all the pho I ate in Vietnam a couple of months ago! But ... i don't speak Vietnamese so maybe some of it was extremely amazing vegetable broth and I didn't realize it!!! Good luck ...

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                DougOLis RE: Bobierto Mar 9, 2009 05:47 PM

                you are correct. It traditionally is a beef broth and I imagine it would be difficult to replicate the taste with a vegetarian broth given how important the beef is to it.

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                  Josh RE: DougOLis Mar 9, 2009 08:30 PM

                  Actually, I think a vegetarian broth should be very doable. The beef bones aren't roasted for pho broth, so it's a relatively mild beef flavor.

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                epicureous eggplant RE: Saabiar Mar 11, 2009 09:51 AM

                Another is Sipz Vegetarian with locations in Clairemont Mesa and Sorrento Valley
                The Sorrento Valley location has vegetarian pho (haven't tried it though) and they are located right new to Pho Station!

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                  chow_eb RE: Saabiar Mar 12, 2009 09:09 PM

                  There oughta be a law ...

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                    SeanT RE: Saabiar Mar 13, 2009 08:08 AM

                    Wouldn't really be pho.

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                      Freddie Freelance RE: SeanT Mar 13, 2009 09:36 AM

                      It would be Faux Pho...

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                        trentyzan RE: Freddie Freelance Mar 13, 2009 12:23 PM

                        Right, it's not like there are any Buddhist vegetarians in Vietnam...

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                          Bobierto RE: trentyzan Mar 13, 2009 04:34 PM

                          Good point but I was stunned by the number of Christian churches!

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                        Josh RE: SeanT Apr 4, 2009 04:28 PM

                        Not true. Pho Ga is made with chicken broth.

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                        daantaat RE: Saabiar Mar 13, 2009 06:10 PM

                        can't vouch for it, but Kim's in Encinitas has faux pho.

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                          aherr22183 RE: Saabiar Apr 2, 2009 12:33 PM

                          OB Noodle House in OB has a Veggie Pho made with a veggie broth and has lots of veggies and tofu instead of the thin steak.

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                            jennywenny RE: Saabiar Apr 6, 2009 08:39 AM

                            I had a good one at phong tran, but I did notice shrimp tails floating around in there, so I'm not entirely sure quite how veggie it was! I think you'll get properly veggie stuff at sipz but I'm not sure how really truly veggie any of the others might be.

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                              Josh RE: jennywenny Apr 6, 2009 09:52 AM

                              Saigon on Fifth in Hillcrest will make it with vegetarian broth on request.

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