There’s Something Cool About Slurping Taho


COMMON sight in the Philippine streets. A magtataho, (or street taho vendorcarries two large aluminum buckets that hang from each end of a yoke. The larger bucket carries the taho (tofu) base; the smaller bucket holds the arnibal (sweetener and flavoring) and sago (similar to tapioca pearls). A taho is a Tagalog name for a Philippine snack food or local dessert made of fresh soft and silken tofu sweetened with arnibal, the sweetener and flavoring, with sago pearl and can be found all over the country.

In Baguio City, the summer capital of the Philippines, taho are made of sweet strawberry flavoring, wherein strawberry syrup is used instead of arnibal, which is one of among my really favorite and is best enjoyed either with sipping it with a straw, or by simply slurping it straight from the cup, as simple and as cool as that.

Moreoever, I bet, every single child in the Philippines have already slurped taho be it in strawberry, and other varieties like in chocolate and buko pandan flavoring, for it is prevalent and can be found in every corner of the Philippine streets. Thus, when at the recent wedding engagement I attended, particularly with the Ngosiok and Saldua Wedding at the San Agustin Church located inside the historic walled city of Intramuros in Manila, wherein the couple offers an unlimited taho slurping, among with the unlimited fishball tuhog (pierced together) for their friends and guests who were present during the special moment of their church wedding. 


It was really among the emotional wedding engagement I worked with and really a very cool and down-to-earth sight, but definitely, no unlimited fishball and taho at the reception, wherein the guests and couple’s entourage enjoyed a sumptous meal prepared at the Grand Sunset Pavillion of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila located at the CCP Complex in Roxas Boulevard.

Anyway, it was really something cool slurping again sweet taho and munching fishball with a dip of bit chili-hot to sweet and sour sauce, a memoirs of my childhood street days, really missed those fun with real great friends, thanks anyway to Fredrich & Natasha who vowed to be with each other forever and got emotional too during the groom’s speech. True love really makes a difference. Nevertheless, I did enjoyed it all over again, the unlimited way.