What is a “Tokwa”? – How to make appetizer

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Many people get confused with the “Tokwa” because its physical appearance is like a block cheese but actually they are made from a refined or ground bean which is processed until the soy milk is extracted.

Tokwa is made by coagulating soy milk and pressing the resulting curds into a rectangular casing and when it hardens it looks similar to white cheese such as parmesan.

What we like about the Tokwa is its subtle flavor that can be used in savory and sweet dishes.  This is also a great source of protein.

In Philippines, the best dish that you could cook using Tokwa is the famous “Tokwa’t Baboy”, meaning the combination of “Tokwa and Pork”. Here is a recipe on how to cook this Tokwa’t Baboy.

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When you buy a tokwa in a local market, you could actually get them in a rectangular shape such as seen in the picture. For now, let’s start making the appetizer.

How to make Tokwa



  • 5 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 3 pcs of kalamansi or 2 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 3 onion leaves (sliced finely)
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 2 small chilis (siling labuyo) (optional)
  • ½ to 1 cup of edible oil
  • 1/8 Kg Tokwa


1) What you need to do is to cut the Tokwa in cube shapes (maybe ½ inch thick and wide). Set aside.
2) In a pan, heat the oil, once hot, drain all the Tokwa cubes into the pan.
3) Stir occasionally until Tokwa turns golden brown.
4) Remove the tokwa from the pan and drain the oil.
5) In a bowl, prepare the sauce ingredients by combining them together.
6) Pour the fried tokwa into the sauce and enjoy!

Fried Tokwa

Looking for other Lutong Pinoy Recipes to try on? Feel free to check out our pork recipes, chicken recipes and desserts.

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