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If you are looking for Vietnamese-inspired vegan recipes that are authentic, loaded with flavor, and easy to prepare, you will love these recipes. This round-up covers everything from condiments to mains and desserts!

37 Vegan Vietnamese-Inspired Recipes

🇻🇳 Introduction to Vietnamese Cuisine

Vietnamese cuisine is like no other. The variety of dishes, cooking methods, and flavors is mind-blowing. Influenced by many other cuisines like French, Indian, Chinese, and more, Vietnamese dishes are not only delicious and easy to prepare but also healthy!

🥒 Flavors of Vietnamese Dishes

Vietnamese dishes pack a lot of vegetables and fresh herbs, as well as different types of protein that are either grilled, sautéed, or boiled.

Aromatics often used include garlic, shallots, lemongrass, chili, and fish sauce.

The taste of the dishes varies depending on the area. For example, Southern Vietnamese cuisine uses more sugar to season the dishes than Nothern Vietnam.

Now, here are our best vegan Vietnamese-inspired recipes!

🥫 Condiments

Like other Asian cuisines, Vietnamese dishes rely a lot on all sorts of condiments to add flavor. You will find below some staples that you should have on hand if you plan on cooking Vietnamese dishes.

Easy Sweet Chili Sauce
Easy Sweet Chili Sauce
Super easy, 8-ingredient, and naturally sweetened chili sauce that is great to spice up your dishes! Sweet, garlicky, and perfectly spicy!
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How to Make Fermented Tofu (Chao)
Learn how to make fermented tofu, also known as Chao, from scratch! It's the perfect condiment to use in sauces, marinades, soups, and more!
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Vegan Fish Sauce
Learn how to make vegan fish sauce at home with just 5 ingredients. This savory condiment is the secret to elevating your dishes to a new level!
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Vietnamese Curry Powder
Learn how to make your own Vietnamese curry powder at home! 8 ingredients, 1 jar, and just 5 minutes are required!
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How to Make Vegan Sate
Vietnamese-inspired sate infused with lemongrass, shallots, garlic, and chili! A delicious condiment to take your dishes to another level!
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Vegan Pâté
Crafted from a base of mushrooms, cashews, and dried herbs, this vegan pâté is incredibly meaty, buttery, and so rustic! Enjoy it as a spread on French bread, toast, or as an addition to your sandwiches!
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Spicy Pickled Cucumbers
Crunchy, spicy, sweet, and tangy cucumber pickles! Super easy to prepare, these are the perfect addition to burgers, sandwiches, congee, porridge, and more!
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How to Make Annatto Oil
Learn how to make your own annatto oil with just 3 ingredients! This oil is perfect for adding a vibrant orange color to your favorite dishes!
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Vegan Meat Floss
Make your own vegan meat floss! This fluffy and cottony plant-based condiment is deliciously sprinkled on top of rice, congee, or silken tofu!
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Vietnamese Peanut Sauce
Delicious Vietnamese-inspired dipping sauce made with hoisin sauce, peanut butter, garlic, and coconut milk. Just 10 minutes and 6 ingredients!
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Sweet & Sour Chili Sauce
Make your own sweet, sour, and spicy dipping sauce! Just 8 ingredients, 15 minutes, and so much better than the store-bought version!
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Bánh Mì Sauce
A sweet and spicy tomato sauce that is perfect for adding a ton of flavor to your Bánh Mì sandwiches! Infused with garlic, five-spice, chili sauce, and green onions!
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Vietnamese Carrot & Daikon Pickles
Make carrot and daikon radish pickles at home with just 5 ingredients and 30 minutes! These Vietnamese-inspired pickles are crunchy, tangy, and slightly sweet!
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Easy Hoisin Sauce
Homemade Hoisin sauce that is sweet, salty, and refined sugar-free! So much better than store-bought! Use it as a dipping sauce, glaze, or as a marinade.
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🥗 Salads

Green Papaya Salad (Vietnamese-Inspired!)
Fresh Vietnamese-style salad packed with vegetables, roasted peanuts, and served with a lime dressing. Delicious, healthy, and light!
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🍜 Entrées

While Pho is the most famous Vietnamese dish, Vietnam has many other fantastic dishes to offer! From egg rolls to congee, spring rolls, and stews, there is something for every taste.

Easy Vegan Egg Rolls
Easy vegan egg rolls that are super crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Served with a spicy and garlicky dipping sauce! Better than takeout!
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Homemade Egg Roll Wrappers
Learn how to make egg roll wrappers at home with just 3 ingredients! It's so easy to prepare that you won't buy them at the supermarket anymore. Use them to make egg rolls or samosas!
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Vegan Hot and Sour Soup (Bún Thái)
This vegan hot and sour soup is infused with lemongrass, tamarind juice, and pineapple for a wonderful harmony of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors. Served with rice noodles, fried tofu, and plenty of greens, this is one of our favorite Vietnamese noodle soups!
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Vegan Phở
This Vietnamese classic dish consists of a rich broth infused with spices and served with vegan beef, rice noodles, and fresh herbs! This recipe is as close to authentic as possible!
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Vegan Bologna (Chả Lụa)
Learn how to make Vietnamese vegan bologna from scratch! This meaty "pork" roll is prepared with tofu, wheat gluten, and a variety of seasonings. Use it in fresh spring rolls and banh mi, or add it to noodle soups or rice bowls!
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Vietnamese “Beef” Stew (Bò Kho Chay)
A vegan version of the famous Vietnamese beef stew! This delicious stew features juicy "beef" cooked in a rich and aromatic broth infused with lemongrass, garlic, and spices. Comforting, easy, and SO good!
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Vegan Bun Rieu (Vietnamese Crab Noodle Soup)
Vegan Bun Rieu (Bún riêu chay) is a traditional Vietnamese noodle soup prepared with a sweet and tangy tomato broth and served with rice noodles, mushrooms, tofu, and fresh herbs. This unique noodle soup is a symphony of flavors and texture.
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Stuffed Tofu in Spicy Tomato Sauce
Tofu stuffed with veggies and served in a flavorful, spicy, and sweet tomato sauce. A famous Vietnamese dish!
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Grilled Eggplant with Green Onions
Smoky fire-roasted eggplants served with sautéed green onions, garlic, and chili. Delicious with bread, crackers, or with steamed white rice!
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Spicy Seaweed Tofu Rolls
Tofu wrapped in seaweed and sautéed with lemongrass, garlic, and chili. This Vietnamese-inspired dish is spicy, "fishy," healthy, and easy to make!
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Vegan Pulled Mushroom Bánh Mì
Vietnamese-inspired sandwich stuffed with pickled carrots, meaty and saucy pulled mushrooms, cilantro, and roasted peanuts!
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Vegan Bánh Hỏi (Vietnamese Rice Vermicelli Woven)
Vermicelli woven served with chewy soy-glazed tofu, green onions, cucumber, and plenty of fresh herbs! A healthy and delicious Vietnamese-inspired dish!
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Vegan Sausage Patties
These vegan sausages are tender, meaty, high-protein, and can be used in a handful of ways! A MUST-TRY!
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Vegan Instant Pot Congee
Comforting rice and mung bean congee topped with spicy saté, glazed mushrooms, and crispy shallots! A quick, warming, and delicious meal!
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Vegan Bì Cuốn (Vietnamese Rolls)
Fresh, healthy, and with a toasted flavor, these Vietnamese-inspired summer rolls are filled a mix of sautéed carrots, sweet potatoes, tofu, and fresh herbs!
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Vietnamese Broken Rice (Cơm Tấm Chay)
Broken rice served with vegan ribs, tofu meatloaf, pickles, and crunchy veggies! A hearty and flavorful Vietnamese dish!
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Vietnamese Tofu Loaf
Vietnamese-inspired tofu loaf loaded with black mushrooms, carrots, shallots, and glass noodles! A delicious topping to white rice or noodles!
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How To Make Bánh Mì (Vietnamese Baguette)
Make your own Vietnamese baguettes! These Bánh Mì have a light and cottony crumb with a super thin and crispy crust! This is the closest recipe to Vietnamese Bánh Mì!
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Spicy Jackfruit Spring Rolls with Mayo Drizzle
Flavorful, better-than-takeout spring rolls filled with spicy jackfruit, green mango, fried shallots, and green onions, drizzled with vegan mayo and sweet and spicy sauce!
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Vegan Vietnamese Spring Rolls (Gỏi Cuốn)
Fresh and healthy easy vegan spring rolls filled with rice noodles, carrots, mushrooms, and tofu. Delicious served with a hoisin peanut sauce!
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How to Make The Best Vegan Bánh Mì
Super rich and flavorful vegan banh mi made with carrot and daikon pickles, vegan sausage, sautéed mushrooms, vegan paté, cucumber, and plenty of fresh herbs!
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Vietnamese Sticky Rice (Xôi Mặn)
Vietnamese-inspired savory sticky rice topped with vegan paté, sausage, pickles, sautéed green onions, and roasted peanuts! Easy, filling, and SO DELICIOUS!
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Vietnamese Braised Tofu & Mushrooms
Caramelized tofu and mushrooms simmered in an umami-packed black pepper sauce. A classic Vietnamese dish that is delicious served over white rice!
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Vegan Bún Chả Giò (Vietnamese Noodles with Spring Rolls)
Vietnamese-inspired cold noodle salad topped with homemade egg rolls, crunchy pickles, peanuts, fried onions, and a delicious spicy sauce! It's fresh, healthy, easy, and delicious!
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Vegan Bún Bò Huế
Incredibly flavorful Vietnamese noodle soup infused with chili, and lemongrass and topped with vegan beef, fried tofu, sautéed mushrooms, and fresh cilantro. One of my favorites!
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Easy Vegan Vietnamese Curry
Hearty and flavorful one-pot Vietnamese curry! Infused with aromatics like lemongrass, ginger, and garlic, and loaded with eggplant, taro, carrots, tofu, and mushrooms!
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Vegan Bánh Tráng Nướng
This Vietnamese snack consists of grilled rice paper stuffed with plenty of green onions, fried shallots, vegan sausage, corn, and drizzled with sweet chili sauce and mayo!
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Vegan “Roast Pork”
Learn how to make vegan "pork belly" that is crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and with layers of (coconut) fat. You will be surprised by how meaty and real it looks and tastes!
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Easy Lemongrass Tofu
Tender and juicy tofu sautéed in a citrusy and spicy lemongrass sauce! Serve with steamed white rice or sautéed vegetables. With just 9 ingredients and 45 minutes to prepare!
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Spicy Vegan Hot Pot
Spicy, sour, and a bit sweet hot pot that is super flavorful, comforting, and easy to make! Flavored with lemongrass, ginger, and chilies. Served with your favorite greens, tofu, and noodles!
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Vegan Braised Fish Rolls
Tender and flaky fish rolls wrapped in nori and braised in a garlicky and spicy black pepper sauce! Delicious on a bed of steamed rice!
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Spicy Vietnamese Grilled Bread (Vegan)
Buttery grilled bread topped with meaty paté, sautéed green onions, and a generous drizzle of mayo and sweet chili sauce! A crispy, rich, and flavorful appetizer or snack!
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Braised Jackfruit
Incredibly tender and juicy jackfruit cooked in a sweet and spicy black pepper sauce! Just 8 ingredients and 30 minutes are required. Delicious served on top of steamed rice!
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Vegan Kimchi Noodle Soup
This vegan kimchi noodle soup is infused with a wonderful blend of spiciness, sweetness, and richness. The broth is flavored with kimchi, ginger, and garlic, and paired with tender tofu, mushrooms, and greens.
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Tofu in Soybean Sauce
Delicious tofu stewed in a salty, sweet, and spicy Vietnamese-inspired soybean sauce! Saucy, packed with umami, this tofu dish is great served with greens and steamed rice!
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Tofu Meatballs in Sweet & Sour Sauce
Super tender tofu balls glazed with a sweet and sour tomato sauce! Grain-free, gluten-free, and packed with protein. These tofu balls are a must-try!
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Five-Spice Tofu Noodle Soup
Rich and fragrant vegetable broth infused with five-spice, anis, and cinnamon. Served with marinated tofu, noodles, and greens! A cozy, healthy, and delicious noodles soup!
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Char Siu Seitan Rolls
Tender and meaty seitan rolls coated in a syrupy char siu sauce! These Vietnamese inspired rolls are SO flavorful + versatile + high-protein!
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Easy Vegetable Macaroni Soup
Easy macaroni soup loaded with hearty veggies like carrots, potatoes, and mushrooms! This delicious soup is warming and so easy to prepare! Perfect for the colder days!
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Vegan Bánh Xèo
Crispy Vietnamese crepes made with rice flour and coconut milk. Filled with sautéed mushrooms, mung bean sprouts, carrots, and tofu! Versatile, easy to make, and delicious!
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🍚 Sides

Buttered Corn with Scallions
Rich and buttery sautéed corn with scallions and black pepper. A quick and delicious summer side dish!
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Perfect Clay Pot Rice
Learn how to cook perfect rice in a clay pot! Just 2 ingredients are required to make light and fluffy white rice!
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Vietnamese Peanuts
Roasted peanuts that are glazed with a sweet, spicy, and garlicky coating! These Vietnamese-inspired peanuts are easy to make and so addicting!
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🍮 Sweets

Below are some sweet dishes that are often sold as street food in Vietnam. Sweet soups are called “chè” in Vietnamese. There are tens of different types of chè, you can find below a few of them, as well as other sweet snacks!

Banh Cam (Vietnamese Sesame Balls)
Learn how to make Bánh cam at home! This traditional Vietnamese treat consists of sweet mung bean paste balls wrapped in glutinous rice flour wrappers and coated with sesame seeds before being deep fried to perfection. It's crispy, chewy, and so addicting. A must-try!
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Sweet Black Sesame Soup
Silky smooth black sesame soup that is perfectly sweet and nutty with a subtle coconut flavor. This sweet soup makes a delicious snack or dessert! Vegan + GF!
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Vanilla Sweet Mung Bean Soup
Sweet split mung bean soup infused with vanilla and served with coconut milk and toasted sesame seeds. A refreshing and delicious dessert!
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Sweet Peanut Soup
Super nutty, creamy, and silky-smooth sweet peanut soup! A healthy, not too sweet, and delicious snack!
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Banh Da Lon (Vietnamese Steamed Cakes)
Banh Da Lon is a Vietnamese steamed layered cake that is infused with pandan leaves, coconut milk, and mung beans! It is softchewy, and so addicting!
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Bánh Tiêu (Vietnamese Donuts!)
These hollow Vietnamese donuts are super tender and coated with crispy sesame seeds! A classic snack you can find sold as a street food in Vietnam. Learn how to make your own Bánh Tiêu at home!
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Peanut Butter Candy
These bite-size peanut butter candy bars are made with just 3 ingredients in about 10 minutes! Perfectly peanutty, sweet, and slightly crispy, you will love these!
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Easy Candied Ginger
Learn how to make your own candied ginger with just 4 ingredients! It's perfectly sweet, citrusy, and tender!
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☕️ Drinks

Learn below how to make traditional Vietnamese coffee and other interesting drinks like black sesame milk (one of my favorites!).

How to Make Vietnamese Coffee (Vegan)
Learn how to make vegan Vietnamese iced coffee at home! Incredibly rich and creamy, thanks to the addition of vegan condensed milk, this coffee will be your new favorite afternoon drink!
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Creamy Taro Milk Tea
Learn how to make delicious taro milk tea at home! Prepared from scratch with just 5 ingredients, this nutty and creamy drink is vegan and 100% natural!
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Black Sesame Milk
Smooth and creamy black sesame milk with a nutty and complex flavor! Delicious served fresh or warm!
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Peach, Orange & Lemongrass Iced Tea
Refreshing peach and orange iced tea infused with lemongrass for a citrusy flavor! Healthy, perfectly sweet, and so good!
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Popped Red Rice Milk
Nutty, toasty, and a bit salty red rice milk! A refreshing, healthy, and naturally sweetened plant-based drink!
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🥔 Ingredient Guides

If you are new to Vietnamese cuisine, you might be interested in learning more about some of the ingredients. You can check below complete guides on taro and winged beans.

What is Taro (And How to Cook It)
Learn how to cook taro with this step-by-step guide! This uncommon root vegetable can be used in soups, stews, curries, and more!
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How to Cook Winged Beans
Learn how to pick winged beans, how to prepare them, and how to cook them. This uncommon vegetable is deliciouscrunchyrich in nutrients, and super versatile!
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Recipe

60+ Vegan Vietnamese-Inspired Recipes

5 from 2 votes
Author: Thomas Pagot
This classic Vietnamese Pho consists of a rich broth infused with spices, and served with vegan beef, rice noodles, and fresh herbs! This recipe is as close to authentic as possible!
Prep Time : 30 minutes
Cook Time : 40 minutes
Total Time : 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 3 servings

Ingredients
 

Broth

  • 7 and 1/2 cup water
  • 1 onion halved
  • 3 shallots halved
  • 1 carrot peeled and cut into 1-inch thick slices
  • 1/2 daikon radish peeled and cut into 1-inch thick slices
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp mushroom seasoning optional
  • 2 tsp vegan fish sauce optional, add more salt to taste if omitting

Spices

Vegan "Beef"

The Rest

  • About 10 ounces dried flat rice noodles
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup sautéed mushrooms
  • a few slices of fried tofu
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions
  • a handful of Thai basil
  • 1/2 onion thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro or culantro

Instructions
 

Broth

  • Start by charring the onion and shallots: heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the halved onion and shallots, cut-side facing down. Char them for 3-5 minutes, or until almost black. Note: you can also char them under the broiler, in an oven.
  • Transfer the charred onion and shallots to a large pot. Add the sliced carrots, daikon radish, salt, and sugar. Cover with the water and bring to a boil. Let simmer uncovered for 30-35 minutes.
  • In the meantime, char the sliced ginger in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes. Add the whole spices and toast them for about 1 minute. Transfer the spices and ginger to a tea bag or cheesecloth closed with a string.
  • After the 30-35 minutes, turn off the heat and add the spices tea bag to the broth. Let infuse for about 10 minutes.
  • Remove the spices bag, onions, and shallots from the broth. Add the mushroom seasoning and vegan fish sauce if using. Taste and adjust the saltiness and sweetness if needed.
  • At this point, you can also remove the carrots and radish, or leave them in the broth to serve later. Note: If planning to keep for broth for one day in the refrigerator, I recommend removing all of the vegetables, otherwise they will soak up some liquid and you will end up with less broth.

Vegan "Beef"

  • Drain the vegan beef slices and rinse them under cold water a couple of times. Squeeze to remove as much moisture as possible.
  • Transfer the beef slices to a bowl and add the sugar, soy sauce, and ground black pepper. Stir to coat. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes, or overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Heat a tablespoon of oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the vegan beef slices and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side, or until slightly golden brown.

To Assemble

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, cook the rice noodles according to the package instructions and drain well.
  • Add a handful of raw bean sprouts to each bowl. Top with the cooked rice noodles, sautéed vegan beef slices, fried tofu, and sautéed mushrooms if using. Garnish each bowl with 2 tablespoons of chopped green onions, a few leaves of Thai basil, onion slices, and chopped cilantro. Pour in the piping hot broth over the noodles and serve immediately!
  • The broth will keep for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
Course : Breakfast, Entree, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine : Vietnamese
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Thomas Pagot is the founder, photographer, and recipe developer behind Full of Plants. He created the blog in 2016 as a personal cookbook for vegan recipes. Through years of recipe development, Thomas has successfully grown Full of Plants into a trusted resource for plant-based recipes.

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Thanks for the good recipes vegan.

Very good recipes! Thanks

I really miss vegan Vietnamese food. None of the restaurants in the states offer these kinds of variations and the ones who have a vegan option is usually disappointing. I am so glad to find this page, because they look so promising. Cannot wait to try, especially that braised vegan roast pork, sausage patty and bun bo hue. <3

This is hands down the best most informative vegan blog – as a chef here in the uk I’m always on the hunt for inspiration and usually find it in Asian dishes – I’d love to see a printed book of all your recipes – ant plans?
Thanks – fabulous!

Hi Thomas! thank you for these, i love your banh mi and mushroom pate recipes. do you have a recipe for the vietnamese mayo that they put in the banh mi? i found some online, but it uses eggs, and i’m vegan. if you ever make it, please let me know!

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I absolutely love your Vietnamese recipes! We made the bun bo hue with sausage and the Vietnamese crepes for guests and they were all blown away! Of course we shared your blog. So many favourites and so many more to try. Thanks!

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Thank you for these amazing recipes Thomas!