Chinese doufu hua (tofu hua or taufu fa) or tofu pudding is a sweet dessert.
The soft, silken pudding is served with sweet syrup, making it one of the best Chinese desserts ever.
In this recipe, you will learn the step-by-step on how to make tofu pudding at home.
Tofu Pudding Recipe
After I published the “How to Make Soy Milk” post, many readers asked me to share or doufu hua (豆腐花) or tofu pudding recipe.
I have never made doufu hua before, as I always thought the recipe is hard and fail-prone.
Now that I have made this homemade tofu pudding, I can assure you that this recipe is so easy to make at home.
I grew up eating a lot of doufu hua, which is a very common and popular sweet dessert in Penang, Malaysia.
Walk down any streets or markets, one can always find soy milk hawkers (street vendors) selling both soy milk and doufu hua, freshly made each day.
There are also hawkers who cycle their mobile stall or cart around the neighborhood, hawking “doufu hua” loudly as they peddle down the street.
Both soy milk and doufu hua are excellent for the scorching hot and humid weather back home.
They are my absolute favorites.
To make the best homemade tofu pudding, you need a good master soy milk, which is a richer soy milk.
Store-bought soy milk is usually thinner compared to soy milk you make from scratch at home.
As a result, store-bought soy milk is not a good choice for homemade tofu pudding. If you want to make the best doufu hua, you have to make your own soy milk.
Here is my step-by-step soy milk recipe.
Next, you will need a coagulant. I use gypsum (石膏), which is used by the Chinese to make tofu.
You can buy gypsum online here.
To make sweet tofu pudding (Doufu Hua/豆腐花), you also need syrup to serve with it.
I like ginger and rock sugar syrup but I personally prefer gula melaka (Malaysian palm sugar), which is similar to dark brown sugar but with deeper flavors.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which Coagulant Should I Use?
Please read this guide “Tofu Coagulant Guide: What to Buy and Where to Find It”.
Can I Freeze Tofu Pudding?
Chinese sweet tofu pudding is best served the same day it’s made.
I don’t recommend freezing but you can certainly keep it cold in the refrigerator for a day.
Please take note that water will seep out from the tofu pudding if you keep it overnight in the refrigerator.
To serve, discard the water and add syrup.
How Many Calories Per Serving?
This recipe is yields 8 servings and each serving is only 181 calories per serving.
What to Serve with this Recipe?
Serve this dessert with other Chinese dishes. For a healthy Chinese meal, I recommend the following recipes.
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Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 181Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 77mgCarbohydrates 36gFiber 1gSugar 32gProtein 4g