Snappy Vietnamese Vegetable Soup

I’m sticking to my menu plan!  Last night’s meal was a Vietnamese soup with veggies and tofu.  It was spicy and delicious, and toned down quite well with some whole wheat couscous.

Snappy Vietnamese Vegetable Soup



  • <1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 large white onion
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha chili sauce (I used a bit more, but we like things hot)
  • 2 teaspoons stevia (you could use 1 tablespoon sugar instead)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (**weekly food challenge – see below**)
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons vegetarian fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2/3 package of tofu, chopped in squares
  • 3-4 cups chopped greens (I used collards and Chinese greens)
  • ~1 cup bean sprouts
  • ~1.5 cups chopped tomatoes (firm is best)
  • salt & pepper, to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a wok/soup pan on high heat.  Add the garlic and onion.  Saute for 2 minutes.  Add the chili powder, stevia/sugar, and turmeric and stir for another 20 seconds.
  2. Add the water and bring to a boil; add the lemon juice, soy sauce, and vegetarian fish sauce.
  3. Add the tofu, greens, sprouts, and tomatoes.  Cook for about 2 minutes, then serve; add salt & pepper if necessary.

Enjoy with whole wheat couscous, rice, and salad.  I’m also entering this dish into The Chic Life’s Weekly Food Challenge – Turmeric.


This was the salad that I made – spring mix, tomatoes, Asian pear, bacon bits, parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar & olive oil.


It was delicious.  What is your favorite thing to put in a salad? Mine is fruitcrisp, crunchy Asian pears especially.

26 Replies to “Snappy Vietnamese Vegetable Soup”

  1. i should start adding fruit to my salads at home – i love eating fruit in salad when i order food out, never thought to recreate it at home (w/ the exception of strawberries!)…

  2. Way to go! What a unique challenge dish…it looks great…thanks for playing!

    Fave salad topping? There are so many! I really like seeds and cranberries, though.

    🙂 Diana

  3. I love to put nuts in salads, that awesome crunch is so nice!

    I also love Asian pears, unfortunately, they’re usually way too pricey for me!

  4. i love the colors in both of those dishes! both meals look fantastic. i really do love asian pears, but my favorite salad add-in is definitely hummus right now.

  5. thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I am impressed you are sticking to your menu plan! I tried to start doing that on Sunday and I keep making changes. the soup is beautiful.

  6. I am Vnamese. I just cook and eat VNamese food only. Never hear or eat any soup similar like this one. Not sure it is sour soup or not. In VNamese cooking, sour soup never has turmeric.

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