All about How to Recreate the Traditional Filipino Taho Recipe from Your Own Kitchen
In the vegan community, we are all about trying new plant-based recipes, from breakfast foods to fancy dinners and even desserts. Stepping outside the box and dipping your feet into other cultural cuisine is a great way to expand your culinary knowledge, try new things and grow your plant-based repertoire. Taho is a traditional Filipino dessert that is extremely sweet and loved across the Filipino community, a staple in many homes and experienced by many tourists each year. In this article, I’m going to be showing you exactly how to create this taho Filipino dessert from your very own kitchen as well as sharing the best of the best taho recipe to fulfill all your veggie cravings.
What Is Taho?
So now that I’ve talked up Taho and probably made your mouth water, let me explain what exactly it is. Taho is a classic sweet treat eaten all over the Philippines for desserts and sweet snacks. This creation is 100 percent plant-based and actually made with silken tofu and in some cases sago or tapioca pearls. The dish is supposed to be comforting and served warm with the addition of rich brown sugar. In the Fillapeans it is made by almost every grandma and enjoyed by most children especially during the weekends.
How to Make Taho
Now that we know a little more about taho and the taho ingredients let’s get to the best part, and the part you’ve all been waiting for, how to make homemade taho from scratch. This taho recipe is not only super simple and easy but also almost always produces the most delicious result no matter your kitchen experience. For this Filipino taho recipe, you’ll need just a few ingredients and only about an hour and 30 minutes of your time.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 462 Kcal
To make the taho recipe from scratch you’ll first need to gather all the necessary ingredients, to find some of these you may have to venture out of your local grocery store and head for the nearest Asian supermarkets in order to create the most authentic taho desert. This recipe is made in three separate parts, for each of these parts you’ll need :
- 1 cup dried tapioca pearls (better known as boba)
- ½ cup dark brown sugar
- 400 grams of silken tofu
- ½ cup water
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
Once you have gathered all your ingredients, you can begin assembling each component of your taho dessert recipe.
- For this element you’ll need a large saucepan, fill it up with 5 cups of water and bring it to a boil.
- Add dried tapioca pearls to water and stir frequently to prevent them from sticking together, allow these to boil for about 40 minutes.
- Once your pearls are soft and have a jelly-like texture they are almost ready. At this point, reduce the heat and allow simmering for an added 15 minutes until pears are soft and chewy.
- Next, add your brown and continue to simmer until it is completely dissolved.
- Remove from heat and allow pearls to soak in the sugar mixture for about 20 minutes, you will notice your mixture start to thicken, at this point aim to keep it warm until ready to be used.
- For the next part of this easy taho recipe, you’ll simply need to steam your silken tofu for approximately 10 minutes or until fully cooked through and tender.
- For the final element of your taho dessert, you’ll need a small saucepan.
- Add your water and brown sugar and bring to a boil.
- Next, reduce the heat and allow simmering until sugar is fully dissolved.
- Remove and allow cooling.
- For the last and final stage of creating your very own homemade taho, you’ll simply need to combine all your elements together.
- Grab a serving glass of choice
- Spoon a thin layer of tofu into the glass
- Follow by adding a few teaspoons of Anibal on top
- Next, add a little scoop of tapioca pearls and repeat the process until your glass is completely full.
And just like that, you have yourself the most simple, easy, and absolutely delicious authentic Filipino taho recipe silken tofu dessert. This sweet treat can be eaten warm or kept in the fridge for a breakfast treat the following morning. This yummy plant-based snack is loved by many and a great way to make a cooking statement to all your friends and family, give it a shot and see for yourself.
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