Vegetarian Vietnamese-Style Broth
8 cups clear vegetable stock
3 Tablespoons soy sauce
8 medium garlic cloves, peeled and chopped coarsely
1 small onion, diced
One 1-inch piece of ginger
Two 3-inch cinnamon sticks
2 pods of star anise
2 large bay leaves
Put stock, soy sauce, garlic, and onion in a large stockpot and bring to a boil over medium heat.
Meanwhile, char ginger on all sides over an open gas flame or in a small skillet. Add to the stock.
Add the cinnamon sticks, star anise, and bay leaves to the broth. Reduce the heat to low. Simmer, partially covered, for 20-25 minutes.
Remove solids with a slotted spoon or strain the broth through a fine-mesh sieve. Adjust seasonings if necessary. Return to pot and keep hot until ready to use in soup.
Total calories per 1 cup serving: 25
Fat: <1 gram
Carbohydrates: 4 grams
Protein: 1 gram
Sodium: 386 milligrams
Fiber: <1 gram