Soy Milk or Dòu Jiāng 豆漿, is a very delicious drink that is also incredibly simple to make. Depending on where you are from in the world, the taste of Soy Milk can actually be quite different. In this post, we’ll be teaching you how to make homemade Chinese Soy Milk that uses only around 3 to 4 ingredients. This is one recipe you will love for the rest of your life.
Soy Milk / Dòu Jiāng / 豆漿 is a drink that has recently caught on in popularity here in the Western Countries.
However, back in the Asian Countries, people have been drinking this delicious drink for thousands of years.
And in my household, this is basically the drink of choice as we don’t really buy cows milk all that much. We prefer soy milk for it’s unique flavor as well as having a delicious taste.
When I was younger, every weekend I would usually see my mother making this delicious drink. She would usually start the soaking method on a Friday morning, and then actually make the drink the next day.
Me and my dad would usually always rush out of our rooms the minute we smelled the aroma of fresh soy milk. It was something we all loved to have.
And in my case, I prefer it with a bunch of sugar added to it. However my dad prefers it plain with no sugar or salt. This is something we always debate against even to this day as I just can’t get my dad to realize just how good sweet soy milk really is.
But at the end of the day, soy milk is something that is near and dear to my heart. And I want to share with you all exactly how to make this delicious drink in hopes that you all can learn to make it as well.
What Is Soy Milk?
What is Soy Milk / Dòu Jiāng / 豆漿 you might ask?
Soy Milk is a type of drink that is made directly from Soy Beans.
It has played a long role in the world’s history as it has been around for thousands of years. In fact, it originally came from China where it was used to create a variety of different ingredients.
For instance, back then, soy beans were commonly used to make things such as tofu or tofu skin and more. But as time grew on, they eventually found out that soy beans were also able to make a type of drink for people to have.
It’s a relatively simple process where you just soak some soy beans for a day or so to soften them. Then you ground them up and boil the mixture. Lastly you filter out the remaining particulates which will bring you the delicious drink you have come to know and love.
As for nutrition, Soy Milk is incredibly nutritious and can be comparable with milk. In fact, Soy Milk has a lot of vitamins, protein, iron and more which can definitely help your nutrient needs.
The taste of Soy Milk is definitely unique as you’ll get the feel and taste of soy beans, but is nothing too overpowering. Depending on how you like things, you can also find soy milk which are sweet or plain.
Difference Between Chinese Soy Milk And Western Soy Milk
Depending on where you are from in the world, you might have noticed that there is a difference in taste and quality in Soy Milk from many stores.
The reason for this is because there Chinese Soy Milk and Western Soy Milk are actually quite different.
In any Asian countries, specifically China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and more, Soy Milk tastes almost exactly like the way it was made. Specially it is mostly made up of Water and Soy Beans, with sometimes an addition of sugar or salt being added as well.
In Western countries, the soy milk formula actually has been changed quite a bit. In fact, you can hardly even taste the soy bean flavor. This is because companies are trying to get the taste to become similar to milk.
In the United States, Soy Milk is actually much thicker in consistency. Plus, they will usually add a bunch of other ingredients like preservatives or a variety of sugar and more. They even have flavors added as well such as vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and anything else you can imagine.
This is why there is a big difference in Chinese Soy Milk and Western Soy Milk.
Why This Recipe Works?
- Homemade Soy Milk tastes much better than store bought soy milk.
- You are able to adjust the sweetness and salt levels of the drink.
- This recipe is incredibly simple to make, as it can be made in an hour or less after you have soaked your beans.
- Homemade Soy Milk can also be used to make a variety of other ingredients like Tofu Pudding, Tofu Skin, or even Tofu.
Ingredients To Make Chinese Soy Milk
The ingredients you’ll need to make Chinese Soy Milk are incredibly easy to come by.
Basically, you’ll need the following:
- Soy Beans – 1 1/2 Cups of Soy Beans
- Water – 10 Cups of Water
- Sugar – Pinch of Sugar (Optional)
- Salt – Pinch of Salt (Optional)
- Cheesecloth or Coffee Filter – Doesn’t matter which one you use.
And that is basically it!
How To Make Chinese Soy Milk
Making Soy Milk / Dòu Jiāng / 豆漿 is extremely easy to do.
Basically the steps to make it are as followed:
Prepping The Beans
Rinse your soy beans thoroughly and then put them inside a pot. Add enough water so that the water covers the soy beans and let it soak for around 24 hours or 1 full day.
After 24 hours have passed, drain out the water and set it aside.
(Optional) You can peel the soy beans to remove the skin entirely or you can leave them on. This is totally optional. I tend to skip this step as there isn’t really a difference in taste.
Making The Soy Milk
Grab your blender and get ready to use it.
You are going to work this in two batches. Grab half of the soy beans and pour them inside the blender. Then add in 4 cups of water.
Blend the contents entirely really well until it becomes fully liquid. Then pour the contents into a large stock pock.
Repeat this step another time until you have blended up your entire batch of soy beans.
Into the stock pot, add in another 2 cups of water. Then put the pot on a stove and turn the heat up to medium.
Make sure to stir the contents constantly so that the mixture doesn’t burn. Bring the contents to a boil and then turn the heat down to low so that it can simmer. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes.
Note: Watch over this carefully and make sure it does not boil over. If it starts to boil over, remove it from the heat until it goes back down and then put it back on the heat.
Once 10 minutes is up, turn off the heat.
Using a cheese cloth, filter out the soy bean mixture. If you want, you can also use a coffee filter if you have one.
Filter out all the soybean residue until all you have left with are pure liquid soy milk.
You can save the soybean residue to make some other foods or you can use it as fertilizer or even throw it out. It is up to you. The only thing that matters here is that you have finally made soy milk.
And that’s basically it!
Now you can simply drink it as is, which will be a plain taste.
(Optional) Or you can add a touch of salt and as much sugar as you need to get the desired sweetness level. But this is totally optional.
How To Store/Keep For Future Use
Storying Soy Milk / Dòu Jiāng / 豆漿 is a relatively simple to thing to do.
Basically, after you have made your soy milk, you can pour it into some bottles or even leave it in a pot with a lid. Then simply store it in the fridge where it should remain good for up to 5 days.
I would not recommend freezing soy milk as that will change the texture and consistency of the drink. Also, who freezes milk?
If you like your soy milk warm or hot, you can simply heat it up over the stove top until it is up to your desired heat level.
FAQS About This Recipe
Soy Milk is incredibly healthy for you to drink. It contains many vitamins and minerals which are comparable to those that drink cows milk.
If you have an allergy to soy beans then soy milk might not be something you may be able to tolerant.
Yes, it is totally OK to drink soy milk everyday.
Soy Milk is incredibly similar to regular cows milk. In fact, it also contains the highest amount of protein of all the alternative milk options.
Tips For Making The Most Delicious Soy Milk
- If you want your soy milk to be on the sweeter side, add a bit of sugar for that delicious taste.
- Add just a pinch of salt to your soy milk to make it even more luxurious.
How To Make Chinese Soy Milk Recipe (Dòu Jiāng 豆漿)
- Cheesecloth Or Coffee Filter
- 1 1/2 Cup Soy Bean
- 10 Cup Water
- Salt Just a pinch
- Sugar Just a pinch
Prepping The Soy Beans
- First rinse out your soy beans and then pour them into a pot. Pour water into the pot until it covers the soy beans and let it soak for about 1 entire day or 24 hours.
- Once 1 day has passed, drain out the water. Rinse the soy beans a few times so that they can be clean. Then set it aside.(Optional) You can peel the skin from each of the soy beans if you want. But I find this to be a waste of time as there isn't really a difference in taste. This is optional.
Making The Soy Milk
- You are going to be working in two batches.Grab your blender and pour half of the soy beans into it. Then pour in 4 cups of water. Blend the contents entirely until the beans have been fully blended. Then pour the mixture into a large stock pot.Repeat this step one more time until you have blended all of your soy beans.
- Pour 2 more cups of water into the stock pot. Then put the pot on the stove and bring the heat to a medium. Once it starts to boil, turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Once time is up, turn off the heat.Using a cheesecloth or a coffee filter, filter out the soy bean residue to make your soy milk Try to get all the liquid out of the residue as possible. You can throw away the leftover residue or use it to make other foods or even use it as fertilizer, this is all up to you.
- Serve immediately or you can store it in the fridge.
- Before serving your soy milk, you can add a pinch of salt or as much sugar as you want until you get your desired sweetness level. This is all optional so it is totally up to you.
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