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Vegetarian pho??

sourgirl Feb 27, 2010 01:25 PM

I'm not really looking for pho, but for some kind of asian soup dish made with a vegetarian lemongrass broth a la Tom Yum. However, i'm looking for something a bit more substantial than Tom Yum, perhaps with noodles and more veggies? So in that sense something more pho-like, must be vegetarian.

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    gourmaniac RE: sourgirl Feb 27, 2010 01:40 PM

    try Buddha's delight in chinatown. Most other places will have a meat based broth.

    1. kobuta RE: sourgirl Feb 27, 2010 07:19 PM

      I recall seeing a vegetarian pho at Pho Pasteur's menu, though I've never tried it myself.

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        maillard RE: kobuta Feb 27, 2010 10:00 PM

        I've tried it and liked it pretty well. The broth is light, but tasty and there's lots of vegetables and tofu and noodles in it, so it's very filling.

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          SaraASR RE: maillard Mar 1, 2010 12:41 PM

          Pho Pasteuer has the best veggie pho in Chinatown by far. SO many different veggies.

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          sourgirl RE: kobuta Jul 26, 2010 08:53 AM

          many months later I made it to Pho Pasteur and really loved their vegetarian pho. It was exactly what I was looking for - the broth was spicy and lemony and sour, with lots of vegetables and tofu. It was great on a rainy day to warm me up. Now, how to re-create that flavor? any tips?

          Pho Pasteur Restaurant
          682 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111

        3. viperlush RE: sourgirl Feb 28, 2010 06:13 AM

          Xinh Xinh in Chinatown also has a vegetarian broth.

          1. gansu girl RE: sourgirl Feb 28, 2010 08:52 AM

            The veggie pho at Pho Viet's in the Allston Super 88 food court has veggie broth, tofu, lots of noodles and loads of fresh vegetables on top. In fact, it was that huge mound of vegetables that caused me to ask someone eating nearby what the dish was - it was overflowing with bright, crisply steamed stuff. This pho used to be consistently delicious (to me), lately it's spotty. I've been a regular customer for a long time, but the pho at PV does have its detractors on this board.


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              MrsCheese RE: gansu girl Mar 2, 2010 05:30 PM

              Interesting to hear that the veggie pho at Pho Viet is also not as good lately. The pho tai doesn't taste good to me anymore, and I used to really like it there. It's really blah now. The bun bo hue is still good, so now I get that or banh mi when I go there.

              Anyway, I was going to give the veggie pho at PV a mention, because a friend of mine used to always get it there and I always thought it looked good (but I'm a total carnivore and couldn't be swayed from the pho tai).

            2. chickendhansak RE: sourgirl Mar 1, 2010 06:17 AM

              Pho N Rice on Beacon St. in Somerville offer Pho Chay, described on their Foodler menu as "Vegetarian noodle soup with fresh tofu and assorted vegetables in vegetarian broth."

              1. yarm RE: sourgirl Mar 2, 2010 07:16 AM

                I wonder if Maithai (Chinatown and Brookline) was anything. The food there is great but I've never paid attention to their soup menu (and their multi-page menu isn't online).

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                  marcreichman RE: sourgirl Jul 27, 2010 07:28 PM

                  Pho 'n Rice in Somerville lists one on their menu. Haven't tried it, but man, do I love their Duck Noodle Soup.

                  Pho 'n Rice
                  289 Beacon Street, Somerville, MA 02143

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