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Homemade Taho Recipe

Homemade Taho Recipe

 

Taho is one of Filipino’s favorite comfort food, specially for breakfast. Taho is a famous Filipino street food made from soya beans (traditional making) or if you want the easy shortcut recipe version just use “softened tofu or silken tofu”. I have provided recipes for Traditional Recipe and Procedure if using a silken tofu below.
Alam mo ba kung saan nagmula ang Taho na street food agahan/merienda ng mga Filipino tuwing umaga? Ang Taho ay sinasabing nagmula pa sa Tsina sa panahon ng Han Dynasty (Taong 206 to 220 A.D.).
Ang Taho daw na ito ay dinala ng mga Intsik dito sa ating bansa noong unang panahon at nagkaroon dito ng mga Tsinong migrants..Ang ilan sa mga Tsino dito ay nakapangasawa na rin ng mga Filipina at na adopt natin ang iba’t iba nilang kultura lalo na ang pagkain. Katulad ng Hopia, Pancit, Mami, Siopao, Siomai at Taho. Mabilis napamahal sa mga Pinoy ang mga lutuing pagkain ng mga Tsino, at dinagdagan na lamang natin ito ng twist ng kulturang Pinoy. Kaya naman nagkaroon ng bansag na Tsinoy. Sila ang mga anak ng mga Intsik at Filipino dito sa ating bansa.

Traditional Taho Recipe (using Soy Milk)

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ kg soybeans
  • 4 liters (1.1 US gal) water
  • 1 ½ – 2 pcs gulaman bars
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • For Arnibal:
  • 1 kg brown sugar
  • 1 ½ liter water

PARAAN:

  1. Ibabad ito ng buong magdamag upang lumambot at madali mong matanggal ang mga balat nito.
  2. Pagkatapos ay gilingin ito sa food processor or blender ng pinong-pino habang nilalagyan ng kaunting tubig para maging smooth amg consistency. Gawin ito ng by batches kung hindi kasya sa gilingan.
  3. Isalin ang mga nagiling na soy beans sa bowl na may cheesecloth upang masala.
  4. Pigain ang cheesecloth at katasin ang gatas. Pakuluan ang nakuhang soymilk sa kaserola at pakuluan ito kasama ng kaunting gulaman para maging very soft pudding.
  5. Hayaan itong kumulo ng 10 minuto gamit ang mahinang apoy.
  6. Maari rin namang gumamit ng 1 teaspoon food-grade calcium sulfate (taho stabilizer) sa bawat 1 liter soymilk.
  7. Maari ka ng makagawa ng sarili mong homemade taho! 

Homemade Taho (Shortcut Recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 700 grams soft tofu (silken tofu)
  • 1 + ¼ cup dark brown sugar (divided)
  • 3/4 cup uncooked tapioca pearls
  • 6 + ½ cups water, (divided)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla essence

Note:
you can use light brown sugar if you want a lighter syrup.

PROCEDURE:

  1. For the Tapioca Pearls: Pour-in 6 cups of water in a cooking pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Add-in the tapioca pearls and cook for 30-40 minutes in medium heat (or until cooked, depending on the size of your tapioca pearls being used).
  3. Add-in 1/4 cup sugar and mix well.
  4. Turn off the heat and remove tapioca pearls from heat. Let it stand in the pot for 30 minutes or until cool. Then drain water.
  5. For Arnibal/Sweet Syrup: Heat a saucepan then pour-in 1/2 cup of water and let it boil.
  6. Put-in 1 cup of sugar. Mix well, add vanilla and simmer until it becomes thick. Set aside the sweet syrup.
  7. For the Taho: Transfer the extra soft tofu in a glass bowl then heat in a microwave oven for a minute. Or just steam it, if there is no microwave.
  8. Remove the extra soft tofu from the microwave oven/steamer once hot.
  9. Assembly: Add-in the cooked tapioca pearls and arnibal/sweet syrup to the soft tofu. Serve warm. Share and happy eating!

Notes: Where to buy the Ingredients?

1. You can buy Instant Soft Tofu Powder at Lazada/Shopee. (Just dissolved it in water, mix and wait for it to solidify and become soft tofu). 
2. Silken Tofu/Soft Tofu: You may also find it at any major groceries in Philippines like SM Supermarket (normally kasama siya ng mga packed firm tofu or regular tokwa sa chilled section of supermarket at made in Korea Silken Tofu ang brand).

FLAVORED TAHO MAKING:

Through the years, these Taho have evolved into different flavours. Originating in Baguio, Strawberry Taho was first tasted. After strawberry then came Ube, Pandan, Mango and chocolate flavored Taho. If you’re thinking of making your own flavored taho, dont worry because it is not as complicated as you think. This recipe is the easy version.. but not from scratch. 

Homemade Taho Recipe

To Make your own Flavored Taho:

For Strawberry Taho, all you need is to boil and chop fresh strawberries in a cup of water and add 2 cups sugar. You need a 1:2 ratio of water and sugar. For example: 1 cup water is equals to 2 cups sugar ratio.
The same process for Ube Taho, you can use ube powder, ube spread and ube flavor to add into your syrup and some violet food coloring. The same thing goes for Mango Taho and Chocolate Taho.

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