How to make Taho (Sweetened Soy Bean Curd)

Posted by Manny on November 24th, 2008

“Taho” is a favorite Filipino delicacy and was a street food sold by traveling vendors. I think the Philippines is the only country that makes this because I can’t find an english term for the word “taho”. Some called it soy yogurt as I read in some magazines but soy yogurt is really a yogurt. I mean the taste is similar to yogurt which is sour and creamy in consistency and use soy milk instead of cow’s milk . Taho on the other hand is similar to Japanese silken tofu but much softer and breaks easily. It’s more of a very soft gelatin in consistency and sweetened with brown syrup sometimes flavored with vanilla. Since I can’t find an appropriate English term for it, for the mean time I will call it “Sweetened Soy Bean Curd”.

So as for the taho recipe, see below:

Taho Recipe

500 grams soybeans
3.5 liter water
2 bars white gelatin,
250 grams brown sugar

Tools, equipment and utensils needed:

  • Blender
  • Stove, pot, weighing scale
  • Basting spoon
  • Knife
  • l-yard cheesecloth
  • Dial/cooking thermometer,
  • plastic basin
  • Strainer


Select newly harvested and good soybeans. Good soybeans are spotless, smooth, and free from infestation. Wash them, then soak them overnight or for at least 6 hours. After soaking the soybeans, wash and clean them; by then they would have expanded to three tames their original size. Remove the beans from the water and peel the hulls. Blend the soybeans to be turned into taho into a puree. Similarly put the puree for the “taho” into a bowl and mix in water gradually, but this time use only 1.5 L of water. Then using cheesecloth, filter the soy puree to derive soymilk.

Cook the gelatin by dissolving the bars in a liter of boiling water. Put the soymilk for the yogurt. In a pot and heat it in low fire. After 10 minutes of boiling, the temperature would reach 80° C. At this temperature, let the milk boil for another 7 minutes or until the beany flavor disappears.

Pour and mix the dissolved gelatin into the boiling soymilk. Remove the froth that forms on top of the mixture. Afterwards, remove the pot from the stove and let the mixture cool. Using the cheesecloth, strain the mixture and remove unmixed gelatin bars. Then pour the mixture into a mold. Set it aside and let it cool and harden for an hour. While waiting for the soymilk mixture to solidify, prepare the syrup and the sago pearls.

To make the syrup, boil 200 ml of water and dissolve 250 g of brown sugar in the water. Once the soymilk mixture solidifies, get a few scoops, add sago pearls, pour in the syrup, then serve. This recipe can make about 2 kilos of soymilk mixture with a shelf life of 1 week.

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40 Responses to “How to make Taho (Sweetened Soy Bean Curd)”

  1. Thanks for the post! I love taho, as well as tokwa. But ever since I’ve watched a report in a local investigative show that exposed the unhygienic practices of taho and tokwa makers, I haven’t been eating any soybean-derived product. I hope to try your recipe soon!

  2. Jay Velasco says:

    I have the authentic taho making kit. You’ll be able to make authentic taho at home. It comes with instructions. also available as a business.

  3. Pearl Pay says:

    Hi Jay. Im interested in your taho making kit. Pls email me details and your contact info.
    Thanks for your prompt reply.

  4. chrizz says:

    bleah taho i dont like ……………hehehehehe

  5. anne says:

    what is a taho kit?

  6. mckay says:

    hi am mckay!! how to start or become an online entreprrenuer? please help am interested….email me please… tnx and happy holidays!!!!

  7. aramdisacla is the name says:

    Its English name is Soy bean Custard, In Chinese, Tau Fu Fa or Dau Fu Fa.. share ko lang po 😀

  8. baby says:

    pano ba maging taho vendor? send me details naman, plz…. tnx in advance

  9. ChrisG says:

    the philippines is not the only country that make this. it originated from the chinese.

  10. Manuel says:


    I’ll try to post this topic soon.

  11. rhandz says:

    sir ask ko lang po wer ako pwde makabili ng ice cream machine, ung medyo mura lang po,,,salamat

  12. Manuel says:

    As of now I don’t have an idea but maybe you can try classified ads and Buy and Sell Philippines.

  13. kc says:

    Tried your taho recipe last night with a friend. The soy bean part is very time consuming plus we didn’t get the result that we wanted. The soy milk didn’t even solidify even after leaving it over night. We probably messed up because we used a powdered gelatin? I don’t know. But I found another recipe and substituted Silken Tofu instead of soy beans, and it worked good! Just put in the microwave, it will save you time!

  14. Marycris says:

    Sir, what’s the measurement for making the arnibal? And where can I buy soybean here in Las Vegas? Thank you .

  15. Butch Ruelos says:

    Sir I’m here in Saudi and I like eating tokwa.I’m interested in making my own tokwa but I don’t know where to buy this MgSO4.Is it available in grocery stores or can I just use gulaman instead as coagulant?Mabuo o tumigas kaya siya?Need your advise and thanks in advance.

  16. Manuel says:

    @Butch Ruelos
    I don’t think gelatin can be used as coagulant. Also the coagulant is CaSO4 (Calcium Sulfate).

  17. Butch says:

    ah ok coz I read one article and they use this gulaman in making taho thats why I’m thinking maybe it will works in tokwa if you will increase the quantity of gulaman.Thanks for the advise.

  18. Butch says:

    Hey Jay I’m also interested in your taho making kit.Can you please email me the details at!

  19. missy says:

    In english its called Tofu Dessert. used to buy them in Canada from TNT its a little different though insted of the sago and brown sugar syrup, it can have different flavours from pandan, strawberry, mango. I finally got one of the asian groceries to stock Tofu Dessert here in Australia and it tastes soo good again different flavours on top strawberry and mango.
    but i still miss Taho in Philippines.

  20. alex says:

    Hi Jay, I’m intersted with your taho making kit. Would you kindly email me Your kits, both home and business. Looking forward for them and thank you so much. . . . Alex

  21. nic says:

    Hi, Im planning to start soybean bussiness but i dont have much capital for soya grinder or maker, can you tell me where can I buy cheap but quality machine, secondhand is my other option as long as it its in good condition. Can you also tell me where to buy good quality of soya beans?

    Many thanks!

  22. danzo says:

    bakit pag niluluto na namin ung soy extract nabubuo-buo ng maliliit? sensitive po ba ang paggawa ng taho? ano po ang dapat gawin para maiwasan ang pre-mature coagulation ng soy extract?

  23. Ron says:

    Now I know how to make taho. I am looking for this recipe. My cousin/s in Canada want to try and make this taho kasi.

  24. Tissue says:

    sir baka naman meron kayong record about sa food composition ng taho or nutritional value. baka pede nyo lang i-share. pero kung hindi po sakop ng fields nyo yung part na yun ok lang rin. thanks nga po pala sa info. napakalaking tulong po

  25. Mark Isi says:

    Sir baka pwde nyo ako refer kung san nakakabili ng soy bean mismo. Salamat!

  26. jubz says:

    hi jay! i’m really interested in your taho making kit, where can i find it? I had been searching in the market but can’t find the item. My kids really love taho, I want to do it myself. Can you please send me the details, my email address Thanks a lot…

    @manuel..tried your recipe but sad to say, it didn’t work, hope you can help me find the taho making kit…thanks…

  27. jaime says:

    jay pls email me your authentic recpe of taho. many tnx

  28. aira says:

    @Jay Velasco : ahmm,,I’m a college student and we have a project that has everything to do with taho….
    is that kit a type of machine???
    can you please email me about it??
    we have to have machines to make taho,,we need to make a production/operation plans

  29. Love to hear this every morning “TAHOOOOOO!” while walking at a considerable pace along the sidewalk. The history of taho is not yet fully understood, but early records suggest that the delicacy is from China, adapted by Filipinos.

  30. katsumi says:

    Gusto ko po malaman kong paano gumawa ng Taho recipe at kung meroon po kayo available na brouschure thank you

  31. ping says:

    pwde send no saken pano pggwa ng taho or ano ingridients???meron ba simple pggwa ng toho or pwde ba iblend yon parang zago style..tnx

  32. lina says:

    Interisado ako matuto ng paggawa ng taho. Pwede bang i send mo sa akin ang kumpletong pamamaraan ng paggawa ng taho. thank you

  33. Rose says:


    interesado ako malaman pano gumawa ng taho cn u send me the complete procedure??? tks

  34. LINDA BOLINA says:





  35. Eduardo Macose says:

    To Jay Velasco,

    Hello po. I am very interested in your authentic taho making kit. If you don’t mind could I have a copy? How much it would cost? Please reply on my email

    Eduardo F. Macose from Baler, Aurora

  36. miguel antonino says:

    To: Mr. Jay Velasco
    Friend interested ako sa business aspect ng Taho production.
    If possible ay forward mo ang copya through my e-mail address.
    Salamat ulit sa iyong posting malaking tulong ito sa nakararami .

  37. Tricia says:

    Please email details of your taho kit thanks!

  38. miguel antonino says:

    i had tried receipe on the subject -taho, tafu-fa , had invested some capital to jump start a small scale bizz to help our luck yet with their reciepe had tried calcium sulfate w/ corn starh as buffer without much succes. i do need help on the subject would much appreciate for any assistance.

  39. eNzo Reyes says:



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