We had our first bubble teas a few years ago in the China Town in Bangkok as this became very popular soft drink.
This is beverage was created during the latest 1980s in Taiwan and consists of chewy tapioca balls (also called pearls) commonly added to the drink, mostly cold tea.
There are many variants bubble teas (hot and cold!) and many different ingredients may be added. The most popular bubble drinks are bubble milk black tea with tapioca and bubble milk green tea with tapioca; both of them are often fruits-flavored.
Searching in the internet you will find colored pearls, recipes with non-dairy products (as fruit juice, coconut milk, almond milk,…) and also with sugar alternatives this including honey, stevia or aspartame.
For my bubble tea I used “China lychee black tea” as this is what I had had on hand and uncolored tapioca pearls.
Now it’s your turn to try or adapt this recipe to your taste; have fun!
You need (for two serving!)
- 1/2 cup dried tapioca pearls per serving (NOT quick-cooking boba)
- 4 cups water (for boiling)
- 1/2 cup water (for syrup), hot
- 1/2 cup sugar (for syrup)
- 2 teaspoon teas (I used lychee flavored black teas, Earl Gray may be good alternative)
- 1 cup of hot water (for tea)
- Milk or sweetened condensed milk, to taste
- Bring 4 cups of water to boil in a saucepan and add tapioca pearls.
- Boil stirring from time to time (prevent sticking at the bottom) for about 15 minutes; remove the pan from heat, cover, and let soak the pearls sit for another 12-15 minutes (or prepare the pearls according package instructions).
- In the meantime prepare the syrup mixing hot water and sugar until dissolved and prepare the tea infusing it in hot water. Let cool down and place in the fridge
- When the pearls are ready drain and rinse with cold water.
- Place them in small bowl and cover with the prepared syrup. Best let sit for a few hours. The pearls would keep in the fridge for about 2 days.
- Pour the prepared pearls into tea into a glass and add the tea and milk for a creamy/milky bubble tea. Sweeten to taste with the syrup from soaking pearls.