Homemade Soy Milk 豆漿
While soy milk is often seen as a daily alternative in the States, soy milk has been a beverage in China and other parts of Asian for hundreds and thousands of years.
Traditionally, soy milk is served hot for breakfast and it’s often paired with Chinese style donuts, toast, or steamed buns. Soy milk is not only delicious but it’s also high in protein, low in fat, and packed with nutrition.
Like many people who grew up in China, I prefer to start my day with a cup of homemade soy milk over a cup of regular milk or coffee. Having grown up drinking freshly made soy milk almost daily, I have yet found any store bought soy milk, which by the way often contains artificial flavors and additives, that nearly resembles the fresh, nutty and creamy stuff I used to drink.
Now, making your own soy milk is actually a lot easier than you think. If you own a soy milk machine (a popular kitchen equipment in China), you can literally make your own soy milk by pushing one button. For those of us don’t have that kind of luxury, you can still make great-tasting soy milk with just a blender and a mesh or cloth.
One suggestion before you jump into the recipe: given the recent buzz with negative health impact associated to genetically modified soy beans, you should try to use organic non- genetically modified soybeans whenever you can. They are generally available at your health food stores or most of the Asian supermarkets. For a little extra cost, you can serve yourself the tastiest organic soy milk you can’t find elsewhere!
Homemade Soy Milk 豆漿
Yield: 6 servings
Make this delicious homemade Soy Milk following this step-by-step recipe at yireservation.com.
- 1lb dried organic soybeans
- Water. Approximately 6 - 7 cups (1420 – 1660ml)
- Sugar or Salt (optional)
- Cloth or fine mesh strainer
- Soak the dried soybeans in water overnight in the refrigerator. The beans will double in size. Rub the beans with your hands to separate the transparent skins from the soybeans. Remove the skins and rinse the beans in cold water
- Transfer the soybeans to a blender. Add just enough water to cover the soybeans (the right initial water level is important to maximize the soy milk yield)
- Blend at high speed for a minute or until there are no visible beans. Add rest of the water separately in 3 batches. Each addition of water follows with a 20 second blend
- Next step is to separate the soybean pulp to give soy milk a smooth taste. You can simply run soy milk through a really fine mesh strainer. Alternatively you can run the soy milk through two layers of clean cotton cloth
- The remaining solid portion is the soybean pulp or okara. Soy pulp is used in Chinese and Japanese cooking so save it if you feel being adventurous
- Lift the edges of the cloth together and squeeze as much soy milk as you can through the cloth into a container. Save the pulp and store in the fridge for other use
- Bring the fresh soy milk to boil and flavor it with sugar or salt. Cool it to room temperature for immediate consumption or serve it chilled. Soy milk can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days
Help yourself with a cup of freshly made soy milk and enjoy the difference!!
Now, if you want to impress someone with your soy milk, check out this almond tofu recipe.