Homemade bubble tea, 2 ways

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Xueci Cheng

Associate Food Editor at Kitchen Stories

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Difficulty

Medium 👍
45
min.
Preparation
0
min.
Baking
0
min.
Resting

Ingredients

Servings:-2+
80 g dark brown sugar
300 ml water
100 g tapioca starch
3 g black tea (loose)
125 ml evaporated milk
375 ml whole milk
2 tsp matcha powder
150 g strawberries
tapioca starch (for dusting)
ice cubes (for serving)
strawberry (for garnish)
Metric
Imperial

Utensils

  • 2 saucepans
  • 2 whisks
  • pot (with lid)
  • 2 fine sieves
  • frying pan
  • pot
  • bowl (small)
  • fork

Nutrition per serving

Cal
545
Protein
11 g
Fat
11 g
Carb
103 g
  • Step 1/5

    To make the boba pearls, heat dark brown sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Once the mixture starts to simmer and the sugar is fully dissolved, reduce heat to low. Add a few tablespoons of the tapioca starch and whisk vigorously, until the starch is completely dissolved. Add the rest of the tapioca starch and stir until it forms a dough. Let cool slightly.
    • 50 g dark brown sugar
    • 50 ml water
    • 100 g tapioca starch
    • saucepan
    • whisk

    To make the boba pearls, heat dark brown sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Once the mixture starts to simmer and the sugar is fully dissolved, reduce heat to low. Add a few tablespoons of the tapioca starch and whisk vigorously, until the starch is completely dissolved. Add the rest of the tapioca starch and stir until it forms a dough. Let cool slightly.

  • Step 2/5

    • tapioca starch (for dusting)

    Once the dough is cool enough to handle, turn onto a clean work surface and knead until the dough is smooth and well combined. Divide the dough and roll each piece into a thin strip. Cut the strips into smaller pieces and roll them into small, pea-sized balls. Coat them in more tapioca starch to prevent sticking. If the dough gets hard or dry, you can microwave it for a few seconds to make it soft again.

  • Step 3/5

    To cook the tapioca pearls, bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the pearls and let them simmer over medium heat for approx. 10 min. Turn off the heat and cover with a lid. Let the pearls rest for approx. 10 min., or until they are cooked through and transparent. Strain the pearls through a sieve, rinse them with cold water and add them to a bowl. To prevent sticking, you can add a few tablespoons of cold water or more brown sugar.
    • pot (with lid)
    • fine sieve

    To cook the tapioca pearls, bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the pearls and let them simmer over medium heat for approx. 10 min. Turn off the heat and cover with a lid. Let the pearls rest for approx. 10 min., or until they are cooked through and transparent. Strain the pearls through a sieve, rinse them with cold water and add them to a bowl. To prevent sticking, you can add a few tablespoons of cold water or more brown sugar.

  • Step 4/5

    • 200 ml water
    • 3 g black tea (loose)
    • 125 ml evaporated milk
    • 125 ml whole milk
    • 30 g dark brown sugar
    • saucepan
    • fine sieve
    • frying pan

    To make the brown sugar bubble tea: In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add black tea and let simmer for approx. 5 min. Remove the tea bag or leaves. Let the tea cool. Combine evaporated milk, whole milk and the tea. In a frying pan, add remaining dark brown sugar and half of the tapioca pearls. Heat the pan until the sugar caramelizes. If needed, add water by the spoonful. Add the pearls to a glass, turning it so the syrup sticks to the walls of the glass. Add ice cubes and cooled milk tea.

  • Step 5/5

    To make the matcha bubble tea: Heat the water in a pot. Whisk matcha in the hot water until fully dissolved. Roughly mash the strawberries with a fork, leaving some chunks. Add the remaining pearls to a glass. Add the mashed strawberries, ice cubes and milk. Add matcha tea at the end. Garnish with half a strawberry. Enjoy!
    • 50 ml water
    • 2 tsp matcha powder
    • 150 g strawberries
    • 250 ml whole milk
    • ice cubes (for serving)
    • strawberry (for garnish)
    • pot
    • whisk
    • bowl (small)
    • fork

    To make the matcha bubble tea: Heat the water in a pot. Whisk matcha in the hot water until fully dissolved. Roughly mash the strawberries with a fork, leaving some chunks. Add the remaining pearls to a glass. Add the mashed strawberries, ice cubes and milk. Add matcha tea at the end. Garnish with half a strawberry. Enjoy!

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