This reminds me of my college days, when one familiar traveling vendor passes by my brother’s apartment everyday, one young man in particular. He used to pass by, very early in the morning, and my brother always had to purchase 2 glasses of his delicious taho; one for him, the other for me. That was a feel-good breakfast, before heading to the hospital where I worked as a nurse intern, while my brother headed to work himself, also. That used to be our morning ritual.

Knowing we could make a a delicious, homemade Taho nowadays, brings that feeling of nostalgia. I recall how strong that young male vendor could have been, carrying two large aluminum buckets filled with delicious Taho, on both ends of the pole, as they hanged on his right shoulder, and he shouts the word “TAAAHHOOOO!!”, with quite a strange, but funny sound. He had to do it for his family to survive, he said. Those were the days, and I hope and pray, that young man has been blessed forever.

Ingredients: 2-3 servings

2 cups of soft, silken tofu
1 cup of large tapioca pearls
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup of water

Instructions:

  1. First, pre-boil 6 cups of water prior to dropping tapioca pearls into the water. Cover pot with its lid and let tapioca pearls boil for 15 minutes, while stirring occasionally to avoid tapioca from sticking together.
  2. Turn off the heat, but leave tapioca pearls in the pot with its lid on, and continue to cook for another 15 minutes. If tapioca pearls are still hard in the center, repeat the first 2 procedures, until tapiocas turn translucent.
  3. On a bowl, dissolve some sugar into a cup of warm water. Drain and rinse tapioca in cold water, then drop them into the sweetened water to prevent them from sticking while waiting for the next step.
  4. On a small pot, combine water, sugar, and vanilla extract. Set up over over medium heat. Bring caramel mixture to a boil, let the sugar dissolve into the boiling water as you stir.
  5. Adjust the heat to low and let it continue to simmer for 3 more minutes while stirring occasionally.
  6. Heat up the soft, silken tofu in the microwave for 5-8 minutes. You can also choose to steam it for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Apply a scoop of the soft silken tofu on the tapioca pearls, then pour some arnibal(caramel sauce) on top. You got yourself a delicious homemade Taho for breakfast or mirienda!
  8. Serve this heart-warming, homemade Taho warm, and enjoy!

Tip: Soft silken tofu can be found in the refrigerated sections. You can try Ube flavored Taho.