Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tuesday’s Cupful: Background on taho

A bubble tea with humble origins

This beverage is sold on the streets in the Philippines. There’s a series of popular milk tea or bubble tea drinks throughout Asia. Each country tends to place different finishing touches on these beverages. The floating bits of soft tofu make this a hardy drink that’s similar to halo halo. Creative Filipino vendors sell taho by the cupful from canisters that they carry on their backs. One canister contains the warm brown sugar syrup and tapioca pearl solution while the second contains the taho. The drinks are made to order as the vendor walks the streets hoping to attract customers. We suggest adding coffee or a bit of coffee liquor to taho.

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