Taho

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Taho is a Philippine delicacy made of fresh soft/silken Tofu, Arnibal (brown sugar syrup), and Sago "pearls" (which are similar to Tapioca pearls). This staple comfort food is a signature sweet; and can be found all over the Philippines .

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Processing

Taho vendors process their goods early in the morning, usually before dawn. The main ingredient, the fresh soft/silken Tofu, has a consistency that is very similar to a very fine custard or a Panna Cotta , although it is much softer. The brown sugar is heated and caramelized. The Sago "pearls" can be purchased in local markets, or palengke.

Marketing

Vendors are a common sight in the Philippines. They are normally male and carry a contraption that consists of two large aluminum buckets specifically designed for taho carriage, and a long narrow wooden plank, where these two buckets hang on each end. The vendors herald "TAHO!" while walking at a considerable pace along the sidewalk. Hopeful customers also scream "TAHO!" to get the roaming vendor's attention. The vendor then drops his load while the customer watches. The vendor gets a cup (the customer either picks a small 5 peso cup or a larger 10 peso (some even bring their own containers), scoops up the taho (the bean curd) in one special bucket and then adds the sago and arnibal. It is enjoyed warm and is eaten with a spoon.

History

The history of taho is not yet fully understood, but early records suggest that the delicacy is from China, adapted by Filipinos from tow hway prior to Spanish Occupation. The Chinese were one of the most active traders with Filipinos during that era.

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