Taho is one of the most popular Philippine street foods, it is made out of fresh silken tofu, thick sugar syrup and sago pearls. Enjoyed as a tea time snack or a breakfast food item, this sweet tofu has a texture of very fine custard that everybody would easily love. Not sure though whether I classify this as a drink or food as it is solid yet soft but consumed as like a drink.
Many Filipinos living outside the Philippines would definitely miss this one especially when they have not tried it for a long time as this was a part of everyone’s life since childhood. I still remember every weekend we eagerly await those Taho vendors on the street shouting “Tahoooooooooooooo” to attract customers attention while we stay in front of our gates holding our own cups (the bigger the better) where Taho will be served and priced according to how big your mug or cup is. Once they are ready to serve you they then open their big aluminium tubs and skim off any water that rises on top and try to slice and scoop the very delicate tofu using a spatula like spoon to your mug. They will then open the other aluminum tub which contains the sago pearls and arnibal (the sugar syrup) and using a long syrup ladle they start scooping out that sweet syrup to your mug, I remember this is also the time to ask the vendor to put in some extra syrup and sago. I guess this routine will be common to most of the Filipinos.
Now for those who are craving for this one and you’re not in thhe Philippines, crave no more as you can do it at home all you have to do is look for an Asian store and look for a top grade tofu jelly, it is the same tofu used in Taho. And for those who are curious you should try this out you might like it.
Top grade tofu jelly
1. Cook tapioca pearls according to packet instructions but add sugar on it, the amount of sugar will be similar to the amount of sago pearls (1 part sugar to 1 part sago pearls)
2. Once cooked set it aside and let it cool.
3. In a saucepan add water and brown sugar this time the ratio should be 1 part water to 3 parts brown sugar. Place in low heat until sugar dissolves then bring heat to medium and let it boil, simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Place tofu in heat proof mugs the place it on a steamer, cover mug with cling wrap or small saucer to prevent water from coming in then steam for 15 minutes, you can also use microwave for 90 seconds each full mug but steaming yields better result.
5. Remove mugs from steamer then top it with sugar syrup and sago pearls. Serve it while hot.