Vegan Miên Ga is a Vietnamese-style noodle soup that traditionally features chicken as the main protein, but this version is made entirely from plant-based ingredients. The broth is made from a combination of vegetable stock, dried shiitake mushrooms, and aromatic spices such as ginger, garlic, and lemongrass. The noodles used are typically rice noodles, and the dish is topped with a variety of vegetables such as bean sprouts, scallions, and cilantro.
For the plant-based protein in the soup, various options can be used, such as tofu or seitan, which is a wheat-based protein. The tofu or seitan is usually marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and Chinese five-spice powder before being pan-fried or baked until crispy.
To serve, the rice noodles are cooked and drained, then placed into a bowl and topped with the crispy protein, vegetables, and the hot broth. The dish is usually garnished with additional fresh herbs, such as Thai basil and mint, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice for added flavor.