How To Make Boba Tea!
So during Christmas I tried Boba Bubble tea for the first time. It has been on my culinary bucket list for a long time. We were traveling from Seattle to Medford and after 45 miles of bumper to bumper traffic on the freeway I decided to treat myself. Delicious!!!
It reminded me of a mix of two things. First, a childhood Filipino dessert my mother used to make call Halo Halo. Which is made using tapioca, sugar palm, coconut and various other extras you can add. Secondly, it reminded me of Thai Tea. Which is always a yummy creamy tea.
If you’re not familiar with Boba Tea, it stands for bubble tea or pearl milk tea. The bubbles are tapioca balls and are chewy little balls similar to a gummy bear. The basic recipe is tea, some type of milk/creamer and sugar (optional). You can add other items like fruit jelly, grass jelly, agar jelly, and pudding.
I’ve been craving it since December so I thought why not try and make it myself at home. Please note, most household probably will not have all the ingredients in their pantry but being part Filipino, my mom always bring bags of goodies when she visits. During Thanksgiving, she brought me down ingredients to make that Halo Halo dessert I mentioned. So I actually had tapioca, jelled coconut, jackfruit, leche, and many other sweet items. I planned to just use teas I had on hand as well. Most of these items can be purchased at local Asian markets.
There is a huge variety of Boba teas to try and it can be altered to your liking. I started with a Classic recipe (below) and then added a little twist with other flavorful teas I had in the house.
My Twist On Classic Boba:
· 2 liters warm water
· 6-8 packs of your favorite tea ( I used simple black tea)
· ¾ cup packed brown sugar
· ½ cup of milk of your choice. ( I used a low-fat milk)
· Add tea bags and brown sugar to warm water. Mix well.
· Add milk and chill.
I had the tapioca balls from the Asian Market. If you prefer to make them yourself the recipe is quite simple.
· 4 cups water
· 1 cup dried Boba of your choice (Available at the local Asian Market)
Syrup (For Boba)
· 1 cup water
· ½ cups packed golden brown cane sugar
Once your tapioca balls are finished add the syrup mixture and stir. In a glass, add however much tapioca you want. Finish with ice. Pour tea mixture over the top and Enjoy!
The finished product was DELICIOUS and the perfect sweet treat to cure my craving for Boba tea. It was a pretty simple process because I had the items on hand. It would be a fun treat for a girls lunch date, Asian inspired night or a fun activity for kiddos.
Hint: I also prepared a second version using other teas I had available. I mixed half Green Tea and half Hibiscus Tea. Made everything the same way. It added a different flavor combination and was very refreshing.