Archive for October 21st, 2007

tau foo fa (soy bean custard), originally uploaded by pearlyn83.

I absolutely LOVE tau foo fa! I used to be able to eat it for 3 meals a day! 🙂 For those of you who don’t know, tau foo fa is an asian dessert made from soy beans. It’s a very versatile dessert – can be served hot or cold, sweet or savoury. Different asian countries serve it differently – in Malaysia it’s served with white sugar/palm sugar syrup; a friend of mine from China said in her hometown, it’s served with spicy chilli bean sauce; Ryan said he had one in Sydney done Yin and Yang style with black sesame paste; my mum used to take the leftovers and serve with garlic and onion sauce for dinner – see..it’s really versatile and can be served however you want.


  • 300g soy beans
  • 2400ml water
  • 3 tbsp corn flour
  • 1 tsp gypsum powder
  • 3/4 bowl water
  • Sugar and Palm sugar (gula melaka)
  • Pandan leaves


  • Soak soy beans 5-8 hours.
  • Blend with water and strain. Bring to boil in  a large pot.
  • While the soy bean milk is boiling, mix the corn flour, gypsum powder and 3/4 bowl water together.
    Pour the mixture into a large pot/slow cooker. Wrap the lid with a tea towel.
  • When the soy bean milk comes to a boil, pour it into the pot with the gypsum mixture. Cover the lid and leave it to set for 30 minutes.
  • In the meantime, prepare the sugar syrup. Bring the white sugar and palm sugar to boil with water and pandan respectively in 2 saucepan till it thickens.
  • Uncover the lid and ladle into bowls. Serve with sugar syrup.


  • Try to use a big pot that’s heat proof or that retains as much heat as possible when setting the tau foo fa. I use a slow cooker. If you don’t have one, wrap a big pot with a tea towel and place in a box or something to retain the heat.
  • Use a flat ladle when scooping the tau foo fa. My mum got me this special ladle from Malaysia but if you don’t have one try using a turner.

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