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 Comments on Snappy Vietnamese Vegetable Soup

  1. FoodsThatFit
    3 February, 2009 at 5:51 pm (8 years ago)

    Way to go sticking to your plan. I need to get more organized like that!

  2. Lindsay
    3 February, 2009 at 6:10 pm (8 years ago)

    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!)…

  3. Diana
    3 February, 2009 at 7:06 pm (8 years ago)

    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

  4. Olga
    3 February, 2009 at 7:24 pm (8 years ago)

    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!

  5. Erin
    3 February, 2009 at 7:28 pm (8 years ago)

    Great job with your menu plan! Your din looks scrumdiddlyumptious!
    I like fruit too! Raisins are yummy on salad.

  6. carolinebee
    3 February, 2009 at 7:29 pm (8 years ago)

    haha i don’t even know WHAT turmeric is!? I’d have to say crackers or croutons, I love crunchy bites!

  7. Sharon
    3 February, 2009 at 7:34 pm (8 years ago)

    Oh wow, love the addition of a pear in the salad!

  8. Darius T. Williams
    3 February, 2009 at 9:07 pm (8 years ago)

    OMG – I bet asian pears are great in a salad.

    I must admit – I like smoked cheese and craisins.

  9. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    3 February, 2009 at 10:22 pm (8 years ago)

    Good luck with the contest. I think your recipe sounds like a winner!

    Favorite item in salads…nuts. Walnuts at the moment. Love them.

  10. Juliet
    3 February, 2009 at 11:13 pm (8 years ago)

    Hooray for sticking to the plan. The food looks absolutely delish!

  11. Ashley
    4 February, 2009 at 5:05 am (8 years ago)

    I love Vietnamese food, and yours looks so amazingggg 🙂 I actually just tried my first asian pear not too long ago!

  12. VeggieGirl
    4 February, 2009 at 5:23 am (8 years ago)

    SO vibrant!!

  13. Jenni
    4 February, 2009 at 8:47 am (8 years ago)

    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.

  14. Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    4 February, 2009 at 9:07 am (8 years ago)

    I love fruit in salad too. Or leftover roasted veggies, that’s always a good one!

  15. lauren
    4 February, 2009 at 9:42 am (8 years ago)

    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.

  16. Kate
    4 February, 2009 at 10:02 am (8 years ago)

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog:D I’m so glad I found yours!!!! It’s beautiful! I’ll be checking in.

  17. K
    4 February, 2009 at 10:12 am (8 years ago)

    That recipe sounds delicious!!

    I love putting fruit on my salad especially strawberries 🙂

  18. Victoria
    4 February, 2009 at 11:47 am (8 years ago)

    I really like nuts in my salads. And apples and sometimes goat cheese. 🙂

  19. Missy (Missy Maintains)
    4 February, 2009 at 12:52 pm (8 years ago)

    I love goat cheese in my salad! I really want to try a pear now!!

  20. HangryPants
    4 February, 2009 at 8:44 pm (8 years ago)

    I like to add sprouts and beans to salad!

  21. lauren
    6 March, 2009 at 12:38 am (8 years ago)

    omg, i plan to make this recipe this weekend!!! i’ve been craving a good bowl of vietnamese soup!!

  22. Tom
    1 February, 2010 at 11:07 am (7 years ago)

    Never tried making vietnamese soup before, will have to give this one a try – Thanks!

  23. Tom @ Vegetable Soup Recipes
    1 February, 2010 at 11:08 am (7 years ago)

    Never tried making vietnamese soup before, will have to give this one a try – Thanks!

  24. Jasmine
    4 January, 2012 at 7:25 pm (5 years ago)

    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.