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taho: filipino silken tofu with sago

Taho: Filipino Silken Tofu with Sago

This Taho: Filipino Silken Tofu with Sago recipe makes for the perfect anytime-of-the-day snack. Simple to make, refreshing, and one of my favorite childhood treats.
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: Filipino
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Jeri Mobley-Arias



  • ½ cup sago or tapioca pearls
  • Water for cooking

Arnibal (sweetener)

  • cups water
  • 1⅓ cups brown sugar
  • teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Silken Tofu

  • 16 ounces silken tofu
  • Steamer basket for warming


  • Cook sago or tapioca pearls as directed on package. Once cooked, drain and return to pot used to cook pearls. Add 2 tablespoons of arnibal to lightly flavor pearls. Set aside.
  • In a saucepan, add water, brown sugar, and vanilla extract and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer and cook for 3-4 minutes or until you begin to smell caramelized notes from from the mixture and the texture is syrup-like. Turn off heat cover and set aside.
  • In a steamer lined with parchment paper, carefully place silken tofu onto a plate. Place into steamer basket and steam for 10 minutes or until warmed through.
  • To serve, scoop thin layers of tofu into a small cup. Top with warm arnibal and sago (or tapioca pearls). Serve warm.