Cooling You Down

Home-made Soy Milk

Melbourne weather is like a hard-to-pleased lady. One day it can be warm with sunshine, the next can be cold with rain and thunders. Even though I have been here for several years, it seems that my body has not adapted very well with the weather of late. But it is amazing how our body knows exactly what we need to fix just that. For me, I have started to reduce my caffeine intake, and replace it with some traditional Vietnamese drinks which are well-known to have `cooling properties´ to the body. And the first thing that comes to my mind is home-made soy milk.

The soy milk I am talking about is not the sorts you can find in most supermarkets which come nothing close to the natural fragrance and tastes of soy. The real soy milk, which a lot Asians grow up with, is a lightly sweetened drink. It is easy to make from dried soy beans, and does not go through the whole process to make it more like normal milk. If I want soy milk, I want to taste the whole goodness of soy in my drink. But if you want cow milk substitution, the processed soy milk from supermarket is the one to choose.

Making soy milk at home is surprisingly easy. All you need is dried soy beans, a food processor, cheesecloth, a large saucepan, optional flavoring and sugar. Start the night before since the soy beans need to be soaked overnight. I normally soak 2 cups of dried beans, which gives enough soy milk to last for 2 days for two (don´t make more than that since home made soy milk does not keep well). If you want your drink a bit richer, soak some unpeeled peanuts with the beans as well. The next day, this is what you will have:

Making Soy Milk

Now, you need to roughly process the soaked beans in a food processor in batches. The bean & water ratio is 1:2, i.e. 1 part bean, 2 part water. This ratio gives a light drink. You may want to vary this to make the drink thicker and more concentrated in flavors. The processed mixture of beans and water has a cloud-like appearance…

Making Soy Milk

Then, in batch, pour the mixture through large cheesecloth & squeeze out liquid into a large saucepan. Discard the soy beans, and boil the soybean water over medium heat until just boil. Here you can add optional flavoring like knotted pandan leaves or even a few drops of vanilla. Add in enough sugar to sweeten the milk to your liking. Remember to stir the milk frequently when boiling so you won´t burn it.

Making Soy Milk

As easy as that, the soy milk is ready. I love to drink it at room temperature, but a few ice cubes adds a nice touch on hot days. And as tradition goes, soy bean is particularly good with some Chinese-style steamed buns!

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Home-made Soy Milk

39 Responses to Cooling You Down

  1. Mandy says:

    thank you, thank you! I wanted to make soy milk for sometime but just never come across any relevant recipe. Yours certainly suit the bill! :)

  2. Lucy says:

    It amazes me just how, if you take the time to listen, your body really does tell you what it needs. Caffeine, summer and I are a disasterous mix…

  3. Susan says:

    Another of life’s mysteries solved.

  4. Andaliman says:

    thank you for sharing, Anh

  5. whatweatelastnight says:

    Soy milk can keep at home if you put it in a sterile container. But of course not as long as the store-bought. If you can store it in a glass container with an airtight lid that you have microwaved for 60-80 seconds to kill all the bacteria it will help. Good luck to all!

  6. bluang3lbby says:

    i never knew soy milk was so easy to make. but i wish i could have some fresh soy milk now. miss the days when my mom would buy it fresh from the open air market in new orleans.

  7. Anh says:

    Mandy. you are welcome.

    . You

  8. Wandering Chopsticks says:

    I remember in college this VNese guy I knew strained his soy milk with pantyhose. :P

  9. Arfi Binsted says:

    this soy milk became the most wanted in indonesia when the cow’s milk price was gone rocketing. and i think it is more digestible and safe for those who have allergic problems. good post, anh.

  10. sher says:

    Thank you!!! I don’t like any of the soy milk in the grocery store, so I would love to make it myself. Great post.

  11. Wendy says:

    I had absolutely no idea it was this easy. Great post, Anh!

  12. Little Nutbrown Hare says:

    This is amazing, I didn’t know you can make soy milk so easily at home. My mum wanted to get me a machine that can process beans and nuts into milk, but it doesn’t seem too difficult to do it your way.

  13. Precious Moments says:

    making soya milk seems like a long process. Kudos to you for this energy. Send a cup over coz Kae simply love them. Of course, mommy just get a store bought version. hehehe

  14. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Aren’t you talented, my dear?? Making your own soy milk?? :)

  15. Asha says:

    It’s very chilly here too! Soya drink looks yum!:))

  16. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    That is so cool – I’d never even thought about making your own soy milk. Thanks for the instructions and photos.

  17. katiez says:

    I am intrigued! I had no idea it was so simple or was something that could be done at home.

  18. Anh says:

    WC, hahaha, really? :D :D :D

  19. Susan says:

    Anh, thank you for sharing the process of making soy milk. I never would have thought it was so easy. Since I’m not a fan of soy milk at the market, I should try this at home.

  20. Nora B. says:

    hi Anh, my mom often makes homemade soy milk too. It’s fun squeezing all the milk out. I like mine warm :-)

  21. Hannah says:

    Wow, what an interesting and fun project- I’ve never made my own soymilk before, but considering how often I drink it and use it in baking, perhaps I should experiment myself! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

  22. Nabeela says:

    I’ve never tried the real soymilk…only chocolate flavored ones, I’m sorry to say!

  23. Kajal says:

    Healthy drink with beans I never taste before at home made this type of drink. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Kevin says:

    I have never tried soy milk. This recipe to make it at home sounds nteresting.

  25. Cate says:

    Forget the soy milk, love the glass!

  26. Anh says:

    Susan, you are so sweet. I don’t like the soy milk available at normal store either. It tastes a bit ‘fake’ to me.

  27. Agdah says:

    Wow. This is os interesting. Happy to find your blog too. I haven’t updated the English version of my blog in a long time. Maybe, I should start again. Thank you for the visit.

  28. joey says:

    I love the taste of soy milk and it never occured to me that I could make it myself…or that it would be so easy! Thanks for sharing this :)

  29. winedeb says:

    This is a great informative post for me Anh, as my hubby is alergic to all cheese and milk products. So soy milk is in our fridge all the time. I had no idea it is so simple to make. Thanks!

  30. holybasil says:

    Homemade s

  31. Callipygia says:

    anh my mom also made this for us once in awhile- tastes totally different. The only thing, do you ever do anything to the spent soybeans? Im sure they are less flavorful but it seems they would be good pureed into a pancake or something.

  32. Maryann@FindingLaDolceVita says:

    Very interesting post, Anh. I’ve never had real soy milk. Thanks for showing us all how it’s done :)

  33. VegeYum @ A Life (Time) of Cooking says:

    Anh, thanks for this – I am definitely going to try it. I always wondered …

  34. Cynthia says:

    You constantly amaze me.

  35. valentinA says:

    Hi Anh,

  36. Tartelette says:

    It’s been ages since I made my own soymilk but thanks for reminding me of it. I am trying to clean up the diet before Thanksgiving so I don’t feel all emotional from bad eating. Love your pictures!

  37. Tried100differentways says:

    I am sorry to say this… Unless you use the same type of soy beans as being used in Vietnam, you can NEVER make the soy milk with the same taste and aroma like Vietnamese soy milk.

  38. t3peace says:

    I love this milk, my mom used to make it when I was a child..

  39. Jo says:

    I love soy milk but never really had the time to make 1 myself. Thanks for the guide as you surely made it look a bit easier than I thought it would be.

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