Taho: Filipino Silken Tofu with Sago

By Whisper of Yum
  • Total Time:
    1 hour
  • Servings:



  • sago (or tapioca pearls)
  • ½ cup of sago or tapioca pearls
  • water for cooking

Arnibal (sweetener)

  • 1½ cup water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract

Silken Tofu

  • 16 ounces silken tofu
  • steamer basket for warming


  1. Start with cooking the sago or tapioca pearls. Cook as directed on package. Once cooked, drain and return to pot used to cook pearls. Add 1½ tablespoons of arnibal to lightly flavor pearls. Set aside.
  2. Let’s make the arnibal. 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.
  3. In a steamer lined with parchment paper, carefully add silken tofu and cook for 10 minutes or until warmed through.
  4. To serve, scoop thin layers of tofu into a small cup. Top with warm arnibal and sago (or tapioca pearls). Serve warm.