Taho is one of Filipino’s favorite comfort food, specially for breakfast. Taho is a famous Filipino street food made of softened tofu, sago/pearls with lots of sugar syrup. It is my favorite breakfast back in my younger days as a kid.
I remember when I was a kid, the Taho vendor is one of my alarm clock in the morning. The shout of the Taho vendor calling for buyers is my queue to wake up. I can’t pass on breakfast without my favorite hot dessert in the morning. It warms up my hungry tummy and spike up my energy because of the syrup. At a very cheap price of 5 pesos you can have a sweet dessert early in the morning.
Through the years, these Taho have evolved into different flavours. Originating in Bagiou, 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.
You can buy Silken Tofu or Soft Tofu at any major groceries in Philippines like SM Supermarket. You may also order it at leading online groceries like Honest Bee for about 50 pesos and above.
To Make your own Flavored Taho: All you need to do is to add the flavor and color to the sugar syrup. Yes thats right, you only need a flavored syrup, fresh ingredient and some food color to match the flavor you want.
For Strawberry Taho, all you need is to boil and chop fresh strawberries in some water and add the required sugar ratio. 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 and ube flavor to add into your syrup and some violet food coloring. The same thing goes for Mango Taho and Chocolate Taho.
Just follow the basic recipe ingredients below and flavor your syrup. Happy cooking!
How to make Homemade Taho
700 grams extra soft tofu (silken tofu)
1 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
3/4 cup uncooked tapioca pearls
6 1/2 cups water
you can use light brown sugar if you want a lighter syrup.
1. 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 the pot. Set aside.
5. Heat a saucepan then pour-in 1/2 cup of water and let it boil.
6. Put-in 1 cup of sugar. Mix well and simmer until it becomes thick. Set aside the sweet syrup.
7. Transfer the extra soft tofu in a glass or mug then heat in a microwave oven for a minute.
8. Remove the extra soft tofu from the microwave oven.
9. Add-in the cooked tapioca pearls and sweet syrup. Serve warm.
10. Share and happy eating!