Bubble tea is the drink of the gods and you can’t change my opinion. Also known as boba tea, pearl milk tea, or simply milk tea, bubble tea is a sweet, milky drink with sweet and chewy gummy-like pearls that sit at the bottom of the cup. You really can’t go wrong with it; it's a perfect drink. As a staple Asian drink, bubble tea originated in Taiwan but has since spread to all corners of the world. As a bubble tea addict myself, buying several cups of bubble tea can really drain my wallet. Aside from that, most stores that sell bubble tea often use pre-made powders that aren’t all too good for your health. The amount of plastic cups and straws are also a big no-no for the environment. So I present to you this: A BASIC BUBBLE TEA RECIPE (yes, including the pearls!). This recipe is super easy to make and can be adjusted accordingly to your preference. Plus you can save some money!
Here’s the recipe:
Side Note: You may wonder why I don't add in measurements. That’s cause I make this without measurements since I always just adjust it according to my taste! So do the same, taste it and just add in whatever suits your tastebuds!
- Black Tea
- Tapioca flour/starch
- Cocoa Powder
- Sugar Syrup
MAKING THE BASE DRINK:
- Boil some water and let the tea steep. You can let the tea steep as long as you want depending on how strong you want the tea taste in your drink.
- Once the tea is finished steeping, pour in ice, milk, and the tea into your cup. Add sweetener according to taste. (Didn’t I say this recipe was easy?)
Feel free to experiment with the tea, sweetener, and milk you use! Try going for a green tea base or using condensed milk. If you’re on a diet, you can substitute in honey for sweetener or put in none at all! You can even add in fruit syrups and chocolate bits. The possibilities are endless!
MAKING THE PEARLS:
- Mix the tapioca flour/starch and cocoa powder into a bowl. (The cocoa powder adds color!)
- Transfer the dough to a flat surface and knead it until it becomes smooth.
- Roll out the dough into long, thin cylindrical strips and cut them into small pieces. (Make sure they fit your straw if you use one!)
- Roll the small bits of dough between your palms to make them round.
- Boil some water and pour them in. Let them boil until they turn soft and chewy.
- Take them off the heat and let the pearls cool down
- Drain the pearls and put them into a sugar syrup or a bowl with a bit of water in it to prevent them from sticking.
You can also try using other kinds of sinkers for the bubble tea. Such as coffee jelly, red bean, grass jelly, and nata de coco.
And you’re done! Combine the two and voila! You have a sweet, refreshing drink and chewy pearls to enjoy your day with! If you’re an absolute addict like me, stock them in the fridge! This recipe is super easy to follow and you can experiment with different flavors and ingredients to find the bubble tea flavor that suits your tastebuds.