How to Make Taho

Taho is a favorite Philippine healthy snack food and is basically made of fresh tofu, brown sugar or vanilla syrup and pearl sago.  It is high in protein, low in fat and very affordable that is why this snack food is well loved by Filipinos of all walks of life.

But how to make this staple food called, Taho? Check them out below;

Prepare the following Ingredients:

  • ½ kg soybeans
  • 4 liters water
  • 1 ½ – 2 pcs gulaman
  • ¼ tsp vanilla

Syrup:

  • 1 kg brown sugar
  • 1 ½ liter water

Utensils:

  • 2 pcs colander
  • 1 pc osterizer
  • 2 pcs casserole
  • 1 unit stove
  • 2 pcs basin
  • 2 yards cheesecloth

Instructions

  1. Soak beans overnight.
  2. Grind finely while adding boiling water.
  3. Put soybean in a cheesecloth and squeeze out milk.
  4. Boil soymilk for at least 10 minutes.
  5. Stir and add gulaman.
  6. Allow to boil for about 10 minutes.
  7. Pass the mixture through a cheesecloth then put in a molder.
  8. Cool and serve with syrup and sago.

Then

  1. Soak soya beans for 30 mins. in topwater.
  2. Peel the soya beans using your hands until skin of beans are peeled.
  3. Soak the soya beans for 8 hours with generous amount of water. After 8 hours, grind the soaked beans as fine as possible (you can use a blender), then cooked it and let it boil in 180 degrees for about 20 minutes.
  4. Drain the cooked soya beans to separate the soya milk to the soy pulp. Make sure you squeeze all the soya pulp for excess soya milk.(you can use a fine piece of cloth) see video
  5. Then apply a coagulating powder (such as food-grade calcium sulfate, magnesium chloride, or nigari). Stir one or twice until gel-like form is achieved.

For the Taho/Tawa syrups:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Dissolve sugar in water and let it boil for 5 minutes. Use more sugar and cook longer if you want thicker syrup.

OR

  • 10 ounces (1 1/4 cup) sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice OR vinegar OR 1/2 lemon

Boil sugar and water. Add lemon or vinegar and set aside.

OR

  • For a thin, strong ginger syrup:
  • 8 ounces fresh ginger
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar OR to taste

Grate ginger. In a sauce pan, combine ginger, water and sugar. On low heat, simmer and sugar to dissolve. Strain before serving.

An alternative for ginger syrup is ginger powder which you can buy at grocery store. Make it about 4-8 times normal strength, add sugar to taste and simmer until the sugar is dissolved.

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