A different take on a staple Filipino street food.  Healthy Taho at Sago made with dates and chia seeds now make it a very plant forward nutritious meal.

Healthy Taho at Sago

The original Taho at Sago

Growing up in the Philippines as a child in the early morning hours I will hear a gentleman walking down the street calling out “taahhoo” over and over until someone stops him to buy this Filipino delicacy from him for breakfast.

The dish is made with soy cooked down so smooth that it’s almost jelly like and served with sago pearls (really big tapioca balls) and a brown sugar syrup called arnibal.

You are probably wondering how are they selling it, is it in carts?  No unfortunately not, because the ingredients are so minimal and very cheap to procure the families that do make it are quite poor.  So with Filipinos being the Macgyver’s that they are, they created a way to carry all these freshly made ingredients on foot with what they could afford or find easily for free.  How you ask?  Well they take a stick and on one end is a bucket with the silky soy curd and on the other end is another bucket with the sago pearls and arnibal sauce.  They place the stick on their shoulders and hold on to with with their hands.

They walk around the streets until they sell out.  It’s a freaking hard job and most likely after this they have another hustle and another one after that.

Why a Healthy Taho at Sago?

Diabetes is a problem within the Filipino community and my family.  So it’s been a mission of mine to still find ways to give my dad the food he grew up with, slightly modified so that his blood sugar doesn’t go crazy.

Healthy Taho at Sago

I did that by replacing the arnibal with a date puree and date syrup.  You can’t even tell the difference and it’s so much more nutritious.  Instead of using sago pearls, I replaced that will chia seeds bloomed in coconut water.

Healthy Taho at Sago

The coconut water adds additional sweetness and fills the chia seeds with sweet water and blooms clear so that it resembles small tiny pearls.  With the soy, I found some silky smooth tofu to use instead of making it from scratch.

Healthy Taho at Sago

Now this humble street food is now a plant food power house that is high in plant based protein and made with natural sugars.

Healthy Taho at Sago

How to Layer a Healthy Taho at Sago

I start with the chia seeds on the bottom and pour the date puree over and add a splash of date syrup.  Then top off with the silky tofu and dizzle more date syrup on top.  Now that was super easy and it doesn’t require any cooking at all.  Just a little bit of waiting for the chia seeds to bloom.

Healthy Taho at Sago

I hope some of you are game enough to try out this remix.  Even if you are not a Filipino.  It’s a great snack / light dessert, but if you are let me know if it does bring back memories.

Healthy Taho at Sago
Healthy Taho at Sago

Healthy Taho at Sago

A different take on a staple Filipino street food. Healthy Taho at Sago made with dates and chia seeds now make it a very plant forward nutritious meal.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Filipino, Gluten Free
Servings: 6 People


  • 12 oz Super Soft Silky Tofu
  • 6 Pitted Dates
  • 1/2 Cup Boiling Hot Water
  • 1/2 Cup Date Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup White Chia Seeds
  • 3 Cups Coconut Water


Bloom the Chia Seeds First

  • Place the chia seeds and coconut water in a large bowl and mix well.  Cover and place in the refrigerator to bloom.  It should take about 30 minutes, however I would recommend doing this overnight.  Set Aside.

Make the Date Puree

  • Place the pitted dates and boiling water in a small bowl.  Let the dates soak in the hot water until it has cooled down to room temperature.  Pour it all in a blender and blend until smooth.  Set Aside.

To Serve

  • Equally distribute the chia seeds in each of the six cups and do the same with the date puree and date syrup.  Layer on the tofu in equal amounts and add more date syrup to the top.  You can serve it either warm or cold depending on the weather and what you feel like.
Did you enjoy making it? I would love to see it! Tag me on Instagram @rezelkealoha with the #rezelkealoha!

For other healthy remixed Filipino recipes you can also try my  Healthy Leche Flan Made with Only 4 Ingredients or Fresh Lumpia with Cashew Date Sauce or Yuba Noodle Pancit with Adobo Kale Chips.