Updated: Feb 6
Taho is a common street food snack comprised of three ingredients: soft tofu, arnibal (simple syrup), and boba (tapioca starch, also known as cassava starch) OR, sago (tapioca balls).
Since we are lazy (hence the tamad cook), here's a hack on how to make this treat using the following items and ingredients.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 hour
Yield: 2-4 servings
A steamer - I am using the one from Sunbeam which I've had for over 15 years!!! However, there are more affordable ones like the one made by Bella with great reviews. Conversely, as a time saver, you can also use the microwave since it does the trick.
1. Silken Tofu - If you cannot find silken tofu, use soft tofu. Only USE the ones from the refrigerator section. You can easily get organic ones at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and Sprouts
2. Boba Pearls (Black Sugar Pearl)
3. 1 1/4 cups Dark brown sugar
4. 1 teaspoon Vanilla ( I'm using Watkins brand)
5. 1 cup water
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the boba pearls according to your package instructions. I use the Black Sugar Pearl which takes only 5 minutes! This can be done in advance; just be sure to store the prepped pearls with some water or a little brown sugar syrup (next step).
Combine the brown sugar, water, and vanilla in a small saucepan and place over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stir to dissolve the sugar, and lower heat to a simmer. Continue simmering for about 2-4 minutes and remove from heat. This syrup, or arnibal, can also be made in advance.
Place silken tofu in a parchment lined steamer. Steam for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through. Alternatively, you can microwave the tofu for about 2-5 minutes.
To serve, scoop slices of warm silken tofu into a small cup. Top with tapioca or sago pearls. Pour hot brown sugar syrup (arnibal) on top. Serve immediately, while warm.