Sweet Tofu Pudding
TAHOOOO! The distinctive shout that the street vendor calls while making his round. You immediately grab your money and run outside making sure you don’t miss him. Pssst! You call the vendor, he comes over and starting assembling your taho. He first take a cup (you provide a cup too), he then gently scoop some warm silken tofu on sliding motion, then he add some ‘sago’ tapioca pearls on top then lastly the ‘arnibal’ a simple borwn sugar syrup.
Taho is a street food snack and you can get them in the morning and sometimes in the afternoon too. The street vendor walks around with 2 stainless barrels hanged on each side of a bamboo stick, balancing on his shoulders. You see Filipinos loves eating so much that we have our breakfast, merienda or snacks, lunch, another merienda then dinner.
This dish is one of my childhood favourite too! I remember eating it during school breaks and weekends too. So almost everyday! Haha! I have a photo of me with holding the taho barrels at one of our visits in the Philippines but I can’t find it (boo), when I do find it I’ll add it on here.
One of the most important part of Taho is making your own soy milk and to do this you need to soak the beans first preferably overnight. The beans will become softer and grow double it’s size. It will be easier to blitz in a blender with some water to extract the juices from the beans. I used my Kenwood blender, you can use any blender you have at home. If you have a small blender you can do 2 batches.
Another important ingredient is the coagulant (I pronounce it cowajelent..my sister laughs all the time!), it’s what helps the tofu come together. I use Gypsum powder or Calcium Sulphate (look for the food grade). Some people uses lemon or gelatin sheets. For taho I don’t use lemon because I don’t want the taho to have a sour or bitter taste and I don’t use gelatin for this because I want to serve warm taho just like the street vendor in the Philippines sells. I bought my gypsum powder from Wing Yip. I haven’t seen it sold in Chinatown.
It sounds complicated but it’s pretty simple. Hopefully the recipe and instructions are clear. Please message me if you are stuck or I haven’t explained the process enough.
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