I used to work at a bubble tea cafe for a few years so I guess you can say that I've learned the tricks of the trade. I ordered some tapioca and fat drinking straws online at Rakuten, and now here I am doing this post!
How to Make Homemade Bubble Tea
All you need to know is how to make pearls (aka bubbles, or "boba" in America). As for the drinks you can make whatever you desire. Personally I have always stayed away from the milk tea drinks, especially the pastel coloured ones, since they are all made out of ladles of artificially coloured and flavoured powders. The only milky drinks I like are the regular milk tea, hazelnut or earl grey. Otherwise I always stick to green tea or fresh fruit smoothies! Icecream milkshakes are really good with bubbles too! I also always make my drinks with as less sugar as possible, or if I'm ordering it outside I always ask for them to make it "half sweet". A cup of bubble tea has A LOT of sugar in it - at least half a cup or more of syrup. And for some reason smoothies have 1.5x more sugar than a cold drink, even though you get the same amount. I don't know why, but I just know this as a fact from the "recipes" I followed at the bubble tea shop.
Those are what uncooked tapioca pearls look like, and they come in airtight vacuum sealed packaging. They are basically balls of compressed starch and usually caramel gives it its colour. They are quite fragile, and if you squeeze a pearl it will crumble.
First things first you will have to boil some water. The ratio of water to pearls is about 4:1, and the more water the better. If you don't have enough water, you risk having it become very thick and starchy and it boils over easily. Often times the pearls will become stuck to the bottom and they will burn, ruining the entire batch and they taste like crap. Here I am making 2 cups of pearls so I have 8 cups of water.
|Boil water on high heat|
|Add the pearls, stir the bottom to make sure they haven't settled to the bottom. They should float.|
|Cook covered for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and let sit covered for another 20 minutes. They should sink to the bottom. Occasionally stir to make sure they aren't sticking to the pot.|
|Drain pearls in a colander and rinse thoroughly under cold water.|
|Transfer to a container and mix pearls well with 1/2 - 1 cup of sugar. Let sit for at least 30 minutes.|
★ Point ★ It's important to rinse the pearls under cold water as it will give the pearls a chewy texture and also stop the cooking process. The most important part is adding sugar afterwards and letting it soak (like marinading) so they have a sweet flavour. A bland pearl tastes gross and ruins your bubble tea experience.
|I have chosen to make peach and fresh strawberry smoothies|
|Place pearls into a cups and fill it up! Add the straw and enjoy ♥|
There you have it! It's actually really easy, all you need is access to pearls. Cooking 1 cup of pearls is plenty enough to serve a few drinks. I made 2 cups and have way too much, and they don't taste good the day after, so less is more! If you have leftover uncooked pearls, try to keep it airtight and you can freeze them!
If you have any questions feel free to ask! Has everyone tried bubble / boba tea before? What are your favourite flavours? I think during the summer fresh watermelon is the best!! Avocado smoothies taste frigging awesome with pearls as well!
Anyways, hope you liked this post! Thanks for dropping byyyy ♥