On chilly winter evenings, there is nothing more comforting than a bowl of warm noodle soup. Pho, a Vietnamese street food, is traditionally beef or chicken-based with rice noodles and thin meat pieces that cook in the broth. These days, some restaurants serve a vegan-friendly version.
The best I have found in Melbourne, is at Dot Spot, 670 Bourke Street. This quirky two-level casual and low-cost restaurant offers all three pho varieties as well as a range of other flavourful Vietnamese street food.
The vegan pho, my number #1 choice, has a light broth with fragrant aromas of star anise, cinnamon, and cilantro. Rice noodles are balanced with a variety of fresh and healthy vegetables - cabbage, broccoli, carrots, and tofu. A side plate of crunchy bean sprouts, fresh chillies, lemon wedges, and Vietnamese mint, adds another layer of flavour and texture. This healthy meal is gluten-free, low in calories, and heart-healthy.
Do you know of other places that serve an awesome vegan pho? Please share in the comments.