Milk tea again? Why yes, indeed.
The milk tea craze has long taken the Philippines by storm, and it shows no signs of abating. Heck, if you step outside your home or office, you’d be spoiled for choice by the sheer number of milk tea joints mushrooming all over.
Surprisingly, we Filipinos find it hard to kick the habit, even amidst the findings that too much milk tea can lead to type-2 diabetes. Still, you’ll be pleased to find out that you don’t have to give it up entirely. You can actually have your cake AND eat it too, provided that you do it correctly.
How? First, you should order your milk tea with less sugar. Secondly, you can consume milk tea in a healthier form. For instance, rather than chugging it directly, you could try turning it into good old taho.
Here, milk tea’s creamy, earthy flavors infuse this traditional breakfast staple’s soft, silky spoonfuls. Pepper.ph’s take on this includes the chewy black pearls for a deconstructed milk tea pudding dessert of sorts, but you can omit those for a lighter, healthier treat.
Milk Tea Taho
(Adapted from Pepper.ph)
- 3 cups soy milk
- 4 black tea bags (I recommend a good, strong English Breakfast)
- 2 ½ tsp. gelatin powder
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 2 cups black pearls, prepared according to package instructions (optional)
- Pour half the milk into a saucepan. Place over low-medium heat, and then add the tea bags to steep.
- Sprinkle gelatin over the remaining half of the soy milk. Set aside.
- Once the milk in the saucepan turns light brown in color, remove it from the heat. This takes about 15 minutes, but take care not to let the milk boil.
- Remove and discard the tea bags.
- Pour the tea-infused milk over the gelatin and soy milk mixture. Add sugar and transfer to a saucepan.
- Over low heat, stir to dissolve gelatin and sugar. When the mixture starts to boil, remove from heat and let it cool slightly.
- Pour mixture into a large container and refrigerate for at least four hours. (Better yet, leave it in the fridge overnight so it sets properly.)
- Scoop slivers of your taho into tall glasses and add black pearls, if desired.