Taho or Soy Bean Curd is an important breakfast item especially for Filipino kids. It is affordable, sweet, plus it is rich in protein. Guess every Pinoy’s best friend during their childhood years is their suking Manong Magtataho.
Every morning, Manong will come calling in front of your house to alert kids of their favorite morning delight. I remember when we were kids, me and my brothers will race and run out of our house bringing with us our own cups and Mom will follow shortly with some coins ( 2 Piso palang ang taho nung panahon na yun). Lol
Manong Taho being crowded by hungry collage kids
Now taho can be enjoyed almost everywhere and anytime of the day. It is a favorite breakfast of yuppies who forgot to eat at home, or as a snack during late nights.
You can also find frozen taho in malls served with different flavors like chocolate, ube, mango and others.
What is Taho?
Taho is made from soy beans. It is a bland curd which is sweetened by a syrup made from molasses, panutsa or brown sugar called “Arnibal”. For more texture “Sago” or Tapioca Balls are added in the mix.
A small plastic cup of taho sells for 5 pesos while a bigger cup sells for 10 pesos.
Putting Strawberry Syrup into Plastic Taho Cups
Here in my place in Cebu, taho vendors do shortcuts and replaced the Arnibal with condensed milk. That doesn’t sit well with me, thus I’ve never had taho for some years now.
For me Arnibal is one major component of taho and should never be taken out of the equation, unless you’ll replace it with strawberries, then i’ll buy one. Yup, guess anything with strawberries will taste good ( or was it chocolates) hehehe.
Anyways, if you want to taste the best Strawberry Taho in the Philippines you better go to Baguio City in Northern Luzon.
Baguio’s Famous Strawberry Taho
I’ve been based in Baguio in different occasions and one of my favorite things to do in the Summer Capital of the Philippines is to grab a cup of Strawberry Taho and enjoy it while sitting on a bench in Burnham Park.
Strawberry Taho is sold almost everywhere in Baguio. Most taho vendors carry 2 types of syrup to make your soy bean curd sweet. First is the ordinary Arnibal and the other one is the syrup with strawberry preserves. The ordinary taho sells for 5 to 10 pesos per cup while the strawberry taho costs 15 to 20 pesos.
Warm Cup of Strawberry Taho in Baguio City
You will not find it hard to find a taho vendor in Baguio for there are lots of them roaming the streets or stationed in most Baguio tourist spots like in the Lourdes Grotto, infront of the Baguio Cathedral, Session Road, Mines View Park, outside the Mansion, Wright Park and others.
You can also buy it almost anytime of the day be it early in the morning or late at night. I remember seeing some vendors at the night “Ukay Ukay” market located at Harrison Road near Veniz Hotel.
Strawberry Taho is very popular with Baguio tourists and a must try local delicacy. I can’t say this Pinoy Food can only be found in Baguio for surely some nearby towns like La Trinidad, Benguet, a major supplier of strawberries and the site for the Strawberry Picking attraction, also has strawberry taho.
Sarap mag Strawberry Taho sa Baguio City
During our last trip in Baguio City, we got our first cup of strawberry taho just minutes away from the bus terminal. We went for a night trip and something warm is very welcome especially when Baguio was experiencing record low temperatures (about 10 degrees earlier that morning).
From the Dagupan Bus terminal, Cille and I decided to walk our way to Session Road to find some affordable Baguio Hotel to stay in. Along the way, we saw the Igorot Stairs of Barrio Fiesta. This is a must see tourist spot in Baguio for it has dozens of wood carvings depicting the Igorot as well as famous personalities like GMA, Tita Cory and Ninoy Aquino.
Since it is still early and we need to stretch our leg muscles coming from a more than 6 hour trip, we decided look around and to take pictures of the place and us posing along side these wood carvings. During our photo shoot, a taho vendor arrived and shouted his famous line of “ Taaahooooo” then shouted his second catch phrase, “ Strawberry Taahoooo”!!!
Ok, enough of the picture taking, manong has strawberry taho and I must have one ASAP. Even some of the collage kids who are on a Baguio Fieldtrip stopped their picture taking sessions and immediately crowded Manong Strawberry Taho hehehe. His Strawberry Taho sells for 15 pesos.
FVR and Penfires on the Strawberry Taho: Thumbs Up!!!!
Our second cup of taho came a day later. We were at the Lourdes Grotto and having climbed the 252-step stairs, our group needed a quick way to replenish our burned calories. Good thing there is another taho vendor stationed near the parking lot of this Baguio tourist spot.
His taho is more expensive for his Strawberry Taho sells for 20 pesos a cup. We did not make any complaints for we were a bit hungry and are about to start another uphill climb up Diplomat Hotel, one of the most famous ghost hunting sites in Baguio City.
Strawberry Taho with Sago near the Lourdes Grotto in Baguio City
Strawberry Taho is not the only must try food in Baguio. There is also Strawberry Ice Cream, Sundot Kulangot, the famous Raisin Bread by the Baguio Country Club and more.
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