The famous Shanshui dau fu fa (山水豆腐花), i.e. beancurd jelly with sugar syrup in surrounding, is sold on Lantao Island, Hong Kong.
Alternative names Doufuhua, tofu pudding, soybean pudding
Type Snack
Place of origin China
Main ingredients Tofu
Cookbook: Douhua  Media: Douhua
Chinese 豆(腐)花
Literal meaning bean curd flower
Tofu pudding
Traditional Chinese 豆腐腦
Simplified Chinese 豆腐脑
Literal meaning bean curd brain
Beancurd jelly with sugar syrup in surrounding, is sold on Kwai Chung, Hong Kong.

Douhua (Chinese: 豆花; pinyin: dòuhuā) is the short form of doufuhua (Chinese: 豆腐花; pinyin: dòufuhuā) or daufufaa (Jyut chinese:豆腐花; jyutping: dau6 fu6 faa1). It is a Chinese snack made with very soft tofu. It is also referred to as tofu pudding and soybean pudding.


Tofu or doufu (Chinese: 豆腐, dòufu) or daufufaa (Jyut chinese:豆腐, dau6 fu6) is thought to have originated in ancient China during the Western Han Dynasty. Chinese people have developed and enriched the recipes for tofu dishes on the basis of their own tastes, such as mapo tofu, stinky tofu, pickled tofu, steamed tofu and uncongealed tofu pudding, etc.[1]


Northern Chinese cuisine

In northern China, douhua is often eaten with soy sauce, thus resulting in a savory flavor. Northern Chinese often refer to douhua as doufunao (豆腐脑; dòufunǎo; "tofu brains", often shortened to 豆脑; dòunǎo). Local Beijing people usually eat doufunao for breakfast together with eggs or youtiao (fried dough sticks). Doufunao can be found at breakfast stands along the streets in the morning. Other times it is hard to find outside of a restaurant.[2]

Sichuan cuisine

Douhua in Sichuan is often made without any sugar at all, then served by carrying pole or bicycle vendors with a number of condiments such as chili oil, soy sauce, Sichuan pepper, scallions, and nuts, and is sometimes eaten along with white rice as well.

Hubei cuisine

Douhua is served with sugar in Hubei. It is referred to as either doufunao (Simplified Chinese: 豆腐脑; Pinyin: dòufunǎo) or doufuhua (Simplified Chinese: 豆腐花; Pinyin: dòufuhuā).

Taiwanese cuisine

Douhua in ginger syrup from Taiwan

In Taiwanese cuisine, douhua is served with sweet toppings like cooked peanuts, adzuki beans, cooked oatmeal, tapioca, mung beans, and a syrup flavored with ginger or almond. During the summer, douhua is served with crushed ice; in the winter, it is served warm.

Cantonese cuisine

A Douhua stall in Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Sha Tin, Hong Kong

In Cantonese cuisine it is served with sweet ginger or clear syrup, and sometimes as a mixture with black bean paste, and sometimes also with coconut milk. Traditionally it is made with a wooden bucket, which is sold as dau fu fa in wooden bucket (木桶豆腐花) as part of dim sum cuisine.

Malaysian and Singaporean cuisine

Douhua in sugar syrup sold in West Coast, Singapore

In Singapore and Malaysia, it is more commonly known by its names tau hua or tau huay in Min Nan, or by the Cantonese name (tau fu fa) with the Cantonese variation being more common in Malaysia. In Penang, the common term is tau hua due to the Hokkien roots of the local Chinese dialect.

It is usually served either with a clear sweet syrup alone, with ginkgo seeds suspended in the syrup, or in a sugar syrup infused with pandan. Alternatively, it can also be served with palm-syrup (Gula Melaka).

Philippine cuisine

In the Philippines, fresh silken tofu served in syrup is known as taho and sold by hawkers in the mornings, usually door-to-door or outside churches.

Indonesian cuisine

Tahwa, Indonesian version of douhua, with ginger syrup and peanut

In Indonesia, it is known as Kembang tahu or in Java as Tahwa derived from the Min Nan name Tau Hwe, or Wedang Tahu (Wedang means hot water with ginger, Tahu means tofu) and is usually sold by hawkers. It is served warm or cold with palm sugar syrup that has been flavored with pandan leaves and ginger.

Thai cuisine

In Thailand, it is known by its Min Nan name taohuai (เต้าฮวย). It is usually served cold with milk and fruit salad, which is known as taohuai nom sot (เต้าฮวยนมสด, literally "douhua in fresh milk") or taohuai fruit salad (เต้าฮวยฟรุตสลัด), or served hot with ginger syrup, which is known as taohuai nam khing (เต้าฮวยน้ำขิง).

Vietnamese cuisine

In Vietnam, it is known as tàu hủ nước đường, tàu hủ hoa or tào phớ, đậu hủ, tàu hủ. It varies in three regions in Vietnam:

Northern region- it is served with sugar, chia seeds. It is enjoyed as warm in winter and cold with ice in summer.

Central region- it is cooked with spicy ginger. Sugar is added. Douhua pieces are usually unshaped because of their softness.

Southern region- it is served warm with lychee and coconut water. Ginger is optional. Douhua pieces are more firm than those in the North and the Central.


The dessert is also sold in North American Asian supermarkets in plastic containers.


Like all tofu, douhua must have a coagulent, often gluconolactone for smoothness as compared with other coagulents.

See also

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Soybean pudding.


  1. Mary Bai (2011-10-19). "Tofu, a Healthy Traditional Food in China". China International Travel Service Limited. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
  2. "Dou Fu Nao". Retrieved 30 July 2014.
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