Homemade Taho: A Guide to Making This Tasty Street Food
You hear a lot of vendors shout the name of this food early in the morning, so you must be familiar with it. In fact, everyone is. It doesn’t matter if you live in an urban area or residing in a less populated place, this must-try street food will always be present. We are talking about the famous taho, and in this article, we give you a recipe to help you make homemade taho with a slightly different set of ingredients but would surely make an equally delicious food.
Taho is a popular street food in the Philippines sold by magtataho or street vendor. It is made of processed soybean with caramel and tapioca pearls (called sago locally) as toppings. But instead of using processed soybean, our own homemade version of this Filipino snack will use soft tofu. You will have no problem looking for this food material as this is readily available in most major retail food stores. Add also to your list of ingredients the tapioca pearls and brown sugar.
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Making this popular Filipino delicacy is not that complicated but certainly laborious, particularly the processing of the soybean. As you know, doing things from scratch takes more time and effort, but it’s totally worth it if you know what you are doing. So let’s go back to our taho-making using tofu, this idea actually came as a surprise to those who have heard of the recipe.
What You Need to Make Tofu Taho
- 22 ounces extra soft tofu
- 1¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup uncooked sago pearls (you can also make sago using this other sago recipe)
- 4½ cups water
Steps to Making Homemade Taho
- Pour 4 cups of water in a cooking pot and bring to a boil.
- Put-in the tapioca pearls and cook for 40 minutes in medium heat.
- Add ¼ cup brown sugar and mix well.
- Turn off the heat and let the sago pearls sit on the cooking pot until room temperature is achieved. Set aside.
- Heat a saucepan then pour in ½ cup of water.
- Put in 1 cup of brown sugar once the water starts to boil. Mix well and simmer until the mixture becomes thick. Set aside.
- Transfer the extra soft tofu in a glass or mug, then heat in a microwave oven for a minute.
- Top the extra soft tofu with the cooked tapioca pearls and sweet syrup.
- Serve warm. Share and enjoy.