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DIY Taho (Soft Tofu with Tapioca and Sugar Syrup)

Fondly called Taho (sweet tofu with tapioca and sugar syrup), this dessert/snack is one of those food a lot of Filipino expatriates misses the most. For those in North America (and other part of the world) , try this DIY taho recipe and see it brings back memories of back home.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: dessert tofu, taho
Author: Pam from Pinoybites.com


  • Soft dessert Tofu Original/Plain

For the Tapioca Pearls:

  • 1 / 2 cup Tapioca big size
  • 6 cups water

For the Syrup:

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup water

Here's How:

  • To make Tapioca Pearls: In a saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, pour 6 cups of water and bring it to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, pour the uncooked Tapioca and stir to keep the pearls separate. Switch heat to med-low , cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Turn the heat off and let the mixture cool to room temperature. DO NOT OPEN the lid. Once cool, taste one to make sure it’s cooked all the way through.
  • In a separate pan, combine brown sugar and water and bring to a boil on medium heat. Cook partly covered for 5 more minutes until syrupy.
  • To assemble Taho, remove the dessert tofu from its original packaging and transfer to a microwaveable bowl and microwave for 1 minute or until warm and heated through. You can also steam the tofu for 5 -10 minutes if you don’t want to use a microwave.
  • Add some cooked Tapioca and top with a few spoonfuls of the sweet sugar syrup.


*** Tapioca cooking times vary depending on size and brand. If it’s still not cooked through after the suggested time, bring it back to a boil for 5 minutes and turn the heat off to cool. Do not open lid while cooling. For small tapioca pearls, reduce cooking time to 20 minutes.
*** If you can’t find dessert Tofu in your area, you can use soft silken tofu instead. If you fancy flavored taho, dessert tofu comes in a variety of flavors (banana, taro, mango, berries, maple, etc.).