The iconictaho, (pronounced ta-ho) is a Filipino staple comfort food made of warm soft tofu, brown sugar syrup called arnibal, and sago, tapioca pearls. It is prepared before dawn and sold nearly anywhere in the Philippines very early in the morning.
Magtatahos walk the streets with a shoulder balancing a bamboo pole, which carries two aluminum buckets. One bucket contains the warm soft tofu, while the other contains the sweet syrup, sago, and disposable cups, and spoons.
Similar dishes featuring the warm soft tofu are served in neighboring countries as well. The main difference in the Filipino treat is the use of brown sugar syrup.
In Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and South Korea, the tofu base is mixed with spicy, savory, or other types of sweet flavors. Like the taho, these assortments of regional treats, trace their origin to the Chinese douhua, a snack also made with very soft tofu.
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