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Vegetarian Pho in San Diego

Any options for Pho with a vegetarian broth?

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

    Very tasty.

    : )

    1. 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. I'd suggest making your own.

        1. 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.

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

            1. 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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              1. re: Bobierto

                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.

                1. re: DougOLis

                  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.

              2. 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!

                1. There oughta be a law ...

                      1. re: Freddie Freelance

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

                        1. re: trentyzan

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

                      2. re: SeanT

                        Not true. Pho Ga is made with chicken broth.

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

                        1. 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.

                          1. 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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                            1. re: jennywenny

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