I live in the Philippines and there really aren’t that many vegan options here. We do have a lot of sweet vegan options though and a lot of them revolves rice., but that’s for another day and another post. This time I just want to talk about Taho.
What is Taho?
It’s pretty much silken tofu or tofu pudding with arnibal (Sweetener) and sago or tapioca pearls. If you don’t like sago, you can always ask them not to put any, and if you want more arnibal, you can also ask them to add more. This is usually served hot, but you can get it chilled also in some places like chinese restaurants, if I’m not mistaken. There are usually sold by a guy carrying this metal container carrying it on his shoulders. I should have taken a photo of him, but you can just google it if you really want to see it. If you’re in the Philippines and you hear someone shouting “Tahooooooo”, it means there’s a guys selling it walking by and you should grab a mug and buy some.
Is it Vegan?
Yes! Although if you get the chilled ones, you need to check and make sure they did not use any gelatine (aka something gross that is derived from animal bones. ew, right?). The hot one don’t contain any though so that’s safe for you to ingest!
Use a mug.
Since I am trying to live zero waste or at least as close to it as possible, I like to use my own container whenever I buy some taho. Although I haven’t had some in many months, but that’s usually how my family does it because they usually serve hot taho in a thin single use plastic cup. So I do advise that you use a mug instead if you can.
I’ve let some friends try this before who were visiting the Philippines, some people like it and some people don’t. It’s all a mater of preference. This is a popular breakfast option here in the Philippines because it is served hot in the morning. It’s quite hard to find it during the day time actually. If you find yourself in Baguio City, you can even get taho with Strawberries in the arnibal which is even better than regular taho in my opinion, so you should definitely give it a try!
Peace and Love,