Review: Joyoung DJ13B-D08D

Joyoung DJ13B-D08D

Earlier in December, I decided to take the plunge and buy a soymilk maker. Making soymilk for soybean custard was tiring work – two hours for 1.5 liters of soymilk was just crazy! So after searching around the Internet for deals and prices, I decided to get one from a Chinese seller via Ebay. It wasn’t as cheap as the prices on Taobao (Chinese version of Ebay) but after considering that the sellers usually only ship to Asia and that my parents would have to send it over to me, I decided that buying it myself was cheaper. All in all, I paid under USD150 for the machine and international shipping. It arrived just after Christmas – pretty fast considering that the seller told me that it could possibly take over four weeks. Perhaps the festive season had something to do with it.

The panel in Chinese

The machine arrived rather well-packaged and everything was in good shape. The only downside was that the power supply was more for a Chinese outlet but it’s not a big deal. As long as the voltage is 220V, I can always plug the machine into any power outlet by using one of my adapters. While the machine comes with manuals and such, they are pretty useless to me since I don’t read Chinese. So I had one of my friends translate the panel. The machine comes with the following functions: quick wash, five grain, dry bean, soaked bean, green bean, jam and fruit/vegetable juice. It is just a matter of pressing the function of your choice and then the “start” button.

Using this was easy. The machine comes with two cups – one large for fluids and one smaller one for measuring out beans and such. One cup will give you about 90 gms of soybeans. I measured out two cups of beans and soaked them overnight. After a quick rinse, they went into the machine before I poured in cold water until the level reached 1.3L. The machine doesn’t run if you put in less than 900 ml of water or if you put over 1.3L – a failsafe, I reckon. I chose the “Dry Bean” function as I read that it gives a richer texture and more flavourful taste to the milk. It took about 20 minutes – I wasn’t really timing myself. All I know is that I started the machine before Noah’s bath and it was beeping (when it was done) just as I was finishing up with Noah in the bathroom. In terms of noise, this isn’t a very noisy machine – except when it’s grinding, which only happens a few times. Above is a video I took during the grinding process – do ignore the clicking sound in the background (it’s from my heater, I think).

Straining the finished soymilk

I didn’t use the strainer that was provided – it was too small and I wanted to strain the milk directly into a pot. I was pleasantly surprised at how fine the okara (pulp) was. My previous DIY attempts didn’t even yield okara that was this fine. While the milk looked watery compared to what I got previously (DIY version), it had a lovely rich texture. Straining this took a short time because of the fine consistency of the pulp. I had to do it twice though as the first time – with the metal strainer – didn’t allow me to fully get all out the milk from the pulp. You could drink this soymilk as it is at this stage (strained) but I was using mine to make tau foo fah so I had to boil the milk with some pandan (screwpine) leaves. The picture below is the okara before I strained it a second time. I might dry it out in the oven tomorrow to turn it into soybean meal.

The resulting pulp (okara)

All in all, I’m ultra happy with my purchase! I even joked with my mum about making tau foo fah tomorrow again…that’s how fast and easy it took. Tehehehehe. I’m looking forward to trying out other recipes like almond and buckwheat milk and the jam function – that looks quite interesting. Hm.

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  1. Are you still using it?
    How’s the performance so far?
    Am thinking whether to get or not…hmmmm

    Mabel Reply:

    Yup, am still using it and no issues so far. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hi there, was wondering if you could help. I’ve been given this machine but I don’t have the measuring cup, do you know how many grams of beans to use? X

    Mabel Reply:

    It’s about 90 gms of dried beans per cup. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hi Mabel

    What can we do with the remaining pulp (aka resulting pulp/okara as mentioned above)? You turned it to another soybean meal? Any recipe on that?

    Kelly Hon

    Mabel Reply:

    Kelly, I just dried it in the oven and then grind it in the blender until it becomes quite fine. Can substitute about 10-20% of normal plain flour with this for cakes, pancakes, etc. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. How long does this product lasts? I heard reports that it only last for more than a year.

    Mabel Reply:

    It depends on how often you use it and how well you maintain it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Just got a Joyoung, similar to yours.
    What is the GRAIN function? When would I use.
    Also, can the Joyoung make raw nut milk?
    It seems to me that the machine always heats and cooks.
    What is the green bean function (Mung bean)for?

    Mabel Reply:

    The machine is made more for soy milks, jam and even porridge. Essentially, items that need heat.

    If you’re interested in making raw nut milks, you’re better off getting a blender. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I just bought mine. Maybe you could help me since I don’t know ho to use it! I used this instruction video: but it didn’t work. When I pressed the “express method” as she called it, both the “express method” LED and the “soybean” LED started flashing and nothing happened. Do you know what I should do? Thanks!

    Mabel Reply:

    My post has some form of instruction as to how to use it. Perhaps you could email me to explain what exactly you need to know? ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hi! Did you manage to make tau foo fah successfully from soya milk from the Joyoung maker? I have heard that the soya milk made from the maker might be a little too thin- is that true? I m thinking of getting one cos I love tau foo fah, so i d appreciate your feedback! Thanks!

    Mabel Reply:

    Yes, I did…and it came out just right.

    You can opt for the dry grain option which makes the milk thicker. It’s the setting that I use anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Hey, where did you get this machine from? Did you get it from an authorized online shop? I think you got a counterfeit one… The brand logo looks off and not aligned though. I know Joyoung’s QC Checks are stringent. Any problems with this machine so far?

    Mabel Reply:

    The logo looks a bit off because of the angle in the pics and the machine comes from an authorized store. So far, no issues. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Thank you for your detail review.
    I don’t know chinese letter, so I wonder which button is for jam.
    Have you ever tried to make jam? How was it? I’ll wait for your reply. Thank you in advance !

    Mabel Reply:

    It’s the fruit symbol (middle-bottom) on the panel.

    I’ve only been using this to make soymilk coz I like to have chunky jams. Maybe I’ll try it and see how it turns out. ๐Ÿ™‚

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