I’ve collected some of my favorite recipes while traveling.I tried European strawberry ice cream When I got home, I had to try it. Last year, I first encountered boba tea, also known as bubble tea, while traveling and was immediately drawn to the idea.
Despite what the sparkling name might mean, this isn’t sparkling tea. Bubble tea is a sweet tea with lots of milk and large tapioca pearls (bubbles). It is usually served chilled and requires an extra wide straw so the tapioca pearls can pass through. Bubble tea originated in Taiwan and is also known as boba.
I think I’m falling behind on this as bubble tea seems to be gaining popularity without my knowledge! Once I tried it though, I started imagining all the possibilities of making it at home. I know I have to try it.
What are tapioca pearls?
Tapioca pearls are balls made from tapioca starch. Tapioca starch is a refined flour made from tapioca root.I occasionally use tapioca in grain-free baking or in recipes that require a “spread” of protein before frying or baking, such as mine Coconut Shrimp with Piña Colada Sauce.
Tapioca starch is similar to tapioca flour, but more refined. Tapioca flour uses the whole tapioca root, while tapioca starch does not. It’s like the difference between whole wheat and white bread or brown and white rice. Tapioca flour contains more fiber. However, for tapioca pearls, you don’t want a fibrous texture, so use tapioca flour.
Tapioca pearls don’t have much flavor on their own. They are strictly added to tea for texture. They are kind of bouncy and slippery. It feels a bit like drinking a round fudge through a straw, but that’s part of the appeal.
where to buy pearls and what kind
I bought my tapioca pearls online. They come in bags dried and raw. Cooking them is very easy. Just boil the dried pearls in water until soft. There should be instructions on the packaging. It is possible to make them from scratch, but in my opinion, this is what I prefer to buy rather than make.
The most commonly used tapioca pearls are black. The idea is that the black makes them more visible in the drink. However, more and more options are becoming available. Here are some options I’ve tried:
How to Make Bubble Tea at Home
When I tried brewing tea for the first time, I didn’t ask too many questions. I really don’t want to know what’s in it, just want to enjoy trying it. But when I got home, I decided to do some research.
Unsurprisingly, I found that these ingredients often contain hydrogenated oils and artificial sweeteners. And so much sugar! Even if I wanted to, there is no place to buy bubble tea near where I live.
Curious what my kids would think, I started trying to make my own. After trial and error, I figured out how to make a healthier version at home. My kids are still divided on the texture, three of them love it and three of them claim it feels like booger-eating. Anyway, it was an interesting experiment.
Basic ingredients you need:
- Tea: Black tea is authentic, but any type of tea, matcha, or even juice will do. Since boba tea is iced, you need to brew the tea first and let it cool before continuing.
- To save time, Pickle Tea Great way to cold brew tea and have it ready in seconds (plus, their teas are great).
- milk: or cream. any type you like. Taro milk is becoming a popular choice.
- Sweetener: Optional, but any variety and amount you want; honey, maple syrup, simple syrup, stevia, etc.
- Tapioca Pearls
There are dozens of ways to customize it to your liking, which makes it a lot of fun! One of my kids’ favorites is the strawberry version, which doesn’t even contain tea. I just pureed the strawberries with milk and a little honey and added the pearls.
notes: Tapioca pearls do not hold their texture very well once cooked. You can make the tea ahead of time and let it cool, but don’t make it until you’re ready to use the tapioca pearls.
Here is the basic recipe:
Bubble Tea Recipe
A fun bubble tea (also known as boba) recipe you can make at home with sweetened tea, milk, and tapioca pearls.
Cool until cold.
Making Tapioca Pearls
Make pearls according to the directions on the package.
Mix the cooked pearls with enough sweetener to coat the pearls. This helps maintain texture.
Assemble the drink
Combine cooled tea, sweetener of choice, and milk in a large glass.
Divide the cooked tapioca pearls evenly between the other two glasses.
Pour half of the sweetened milk tea mixture over ice in each glass.
Add boba straws and serve immediately.
For extra protein, add a scoop of collagen per serving before the tea cools.
If you have fruity tea, you can also add a spoonful Just Thrive Prebiotic Powder Or Kion Amino for an extra boost.
Calories: 220kcalcarbohydrate: 53Gprotein: 1Gfat: 1GSaturated fat: 1GPolyunsaturated Fats: 1GMonounsaturated Fats: 1Gcholesterol: 3mgsodium: 20mgPotassium: 121mgfiber: 1Gsugar: 20GVitamin A: 49IUVitamin C: 1mgcalcium: 43mgiron: 1mg
check out This article More details on the origin of bubble tea.
Have you ever made bubble tea? What’s your favorite flavor?