Asian MobBenjamin Lebus

Charred Tofu and Shiitake Pho

Asian MobBenjamin Lebus
Charred Tofu and Shiitake Pho

The most warming Pho you will ever eat.


  • 2 Star Anise

  • 1 Tsp of Coriander Seeds

  • 1 Cinnamon Sticks

  • 1 Large Knob of Ginger

  • 1 Litre of Vegetable Stock

  • 200 Vermicelli Rice Noodles

  • 2 Packs of Shiitake Mushrooms

  • Handful of Basil

  • Handful of Coriander

  • 3 Spring Onions

  • 1 Red Chilli

  • 2 x 280g Packs of Tofoo

  • 5 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce


  1. First, chop the spring onions, red chilli and ginger. Add these to a saucepan, saving half of the red chilli for later. Add the coriander seeds, star anise and a cinnamon stick and toast for a few minutes.

  2. Add the vegetable stock and soy sauce. Leave to simmer on a low heat.

  3. Tofu time. Slice it up and cover in soy sauce and olive oil. Add to a pan and allow it to char on both sides. Set aside.

  4. Add your mushrooms to the same pan and allow them to soak up the soy sauce.

  5. Place your rice noodles into hot water. Once softened, add to your serving bowls. Add your broth to the bowls, followed by the tofu and mushrooms. Finally, garnish with chopped chilli, mint, coriander and basil. Tuck in!