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Friday, November 11, 2011

Magic: Homemade Organic Soy Milk


do you remember that story about jack & the beanstalk, how he foolishly traded his cow for some magic beans? his pissed off mother kicked his ass, sent him to bed hungry and threw the beans out the window. when he awoke the next morning a beanstalk had grown, high up into the sky. without preamble, a ladder or a parachute, jack climbed that beanstalk.


he climbed that beanstalk 3 times, the first 2 times narrowly missing the wrath of the Giant who lived up in the sky, his pockets laden with what can only be described as Grand Theft. the 3rd & final time, the Giant was PISSED and chased jack down the beanstalk, but jack was able to cut the stalk and the Giant died. where they buried his body is beyond me.

Moral of the Story: Theiving is only possible if you have a cow and you trade it for magic beans. (disclaimer: don't take my word for it tho.)

Question of the Story: what kind of beverage do you think would've come forth from the magic beans?


the soy milk i made recently was not magic by any means, but it was magical. it reminded me of my eldest uncle Tuu. he used to make fresh homemade soy milk when i was kid and stayed over for long breaks with his family, to play with my cousins buu & kim. it's not as grainy as the asian market brands, or sweet. slightly diluted with water, i sipped it warm from the stove and added it to my bowl of cereal cold the next day. like i said, it was magical.

Homemade Organic Soy Milk

Homemade Organic Soy Milk
Uncle Tuu Style

1/2 cup of dried organic soy beans (not the same as dried MUNG BEANS. i bought mine at Whole Foods, but only after calling a variety of other organic stores in the city. for 2lbs, it cost about $4. bang for your buck dude.)
2 1/2 cups water, + 3 cups water
scant 1/4 cup organic sugar, to taste
pinch of sea salt

do this overnight. wash & rinse dried beans. in a bowl add water & soak. the next morning, dump water, pick out any beans that did not expand in size. in a vitamix add the beans + 2 1/2 cups cold water. blend until creamy smooth, white and foamy. once done, add mixture to stock pot, add the remaining 3 cups of water. bring to a gentle boil, stirring. (i wasn't very dilligent with this, there were a lot of dishes to do.) skim off top foam. simmer for about 30 minutes. add sugar + salt.

strain soy milk thru a fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth (again, purchased at Whole Foods). press soy beans. i finally got tired and just grabbed the cheesecloth and squeezed by hand.

serve hot or cold, either way, it's magical.

This is my entry for Delicious Vietnam, a monthly blogging event to celebrate Vietnamese cuisine created by Anh of Food Lovers Journey and Hong & Kim of the Ravenous Couple. Sandy of Ginger & Scotch was this month's host.


  1. My hat's off to you Lan for making your own soy milk...and for actually remembering the details of Jack and the Beanstalk.

  2. Nice! I remember making soy milk when I was younger; it was so easy. We couldn't have a cheese cloth at home so we would squeeze the milk through a new, cheap shirt.

    I really feel like some homemade soy milk now.

  3. I've wanted to make my own soy milk forever but have been so intimidated -- you just turned it into my Sunday project, though! Awesome.

  4. Beautiful post. I love the magic of recaptured flavors/memories. There is such a poignancy to your writing.

  5. I loved drinking soy milk when I was younger, it was always so tasty and refreshing. Unfortunately nowadays the types of soymilk I see around are so 'baahh' that I don't drink soy milk anymore, or barely (I live in Germany now). I can imagine that fresh soy milk tastes wonderful, but I don't know where to get soy beans around where I live :(.

  6. Your posts truly make me laugh; love the Jack and the Beanstalk story; haha!

    I can't believe you made this home-made soy milk - what a great recipe; and great entry.

  7. O I absolutely love fresh soy milk-- nearly impossible to get outside Asian countries but sooo good. Childhood memories of drinking warm soy milk and bread :) So lovely!

  8. Beautiful photos! Love your striped straw. It's perfect. My parents used to make soy milk for us when we were kids. We never really appreciated the work involved. So spoilt! They should have made us do the squeezing.