Bubble Tea (Boba Tea)

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Bubble Tea or Boba Tea as the world knows it, originated in Taiwan but is now a popular ice-cold beverage in America. The name Boba comes from the black tapioca pearls also known as boba balls or boba pearls which settle down at the bottom of the cup of the boba drink. These boba pearls are made from made cassava plants. Initially Sago or white tapioca pearls were used to make the boba drink but later on, black boba pearls which are bigger in size were used to increase the popularity of the bubble tea. Bubble Tea comes in many flavours and can be served hot or cold but this chewy super delicious sweet drink is high in calories due to the sugar syrup and the boba (These are high in carbs). When you want to make homemade boba tea, buying black tapioca pearls can be an expensive so here is a simple trick to make white tapioca pearls to black in colour and enjoy the same flavour which you get in any boba shop near you. Let’s learn how to make Boba tea.
Prep Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 40 minutes
Servings 1


  • Bubble Tea Ingredients:
  • Milk - 2 Cup
  • Condensed milk - 2 teaspoons
  • Sugar - 1 tablespoon
  • Vanilla extract - 1 drop
  • Ice-cubes 2-3
  • Black Tea Ingredients -
  • Water -1 Cup
  • Tea leaves - 1 teaspoon
  • Ingredients to cook Boba pearls -
  • Water -4 Cups
  • Tea leaves - 1 tablespoon
  • Sugar - 2 tablespoon
  • White tapioca pearls Big Size 2-3 tablespoon


  • How to make black tapioca pearls - Boba balls very expensive in market, so here is a trick to make white tapioca pearls turn black. This is the new innovative method which is different from the usual black ball from cassava plant dough.
  • Heat the 2 cups of water and when water starts to boil, add big sized White tapioca pearls (Big Size). Let it cook completely till the balls start floating.
  • Meanwhile, prepare black tea using tea bag or 1 tablespoon of tea leaves in 1 cup of water.
  • Strain the tea and soak the pearls into black tea overnight for best results.
  • How to make sugar syrup - Take 1 cup of water and boil it, Add 1/2 Cup of sugar and whisk. Boil until dissolved and simmer for 3-4 mins more to get the right consistency.Set aside to cool down at room temperature.
  • Drain the black tea and soak the black tapioca pearls into 2-3 tablespoon of sugar syrup. This would avoid the sticking of tapioca pearls. The Chewy black tapioca pearls are ready.
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  • How to make Bubble Tea - Bubble tea is named so because of the froth and bubbles which are formed at the top of the tea. To make the frothy bubble tea - In a shaker, add ice cubes, vanilla extract, condensed milk, sugar and whole milk.
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  • Shake it till you get the gets frothy.
  • How to prepare the black tea for Boba - Boil the water in a saucepan. Add the tea leaves and switch it off after a minute. Let it stand for 2 mins. Strain and let it cool down. (Use good quality tea leaves/tea bag as opposed to dust tea)
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  • How to make Boba tea - Place the black boba pearls (2-3 tablespoon) at the bottom of the glass and, pour in the frothy bubble tea, add the black tea, stir it.
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  • Bubble tea, boba tea or pearl drink with chewy boba is ready to enjoy!!
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If you would like to like to know more about Taiwanese Dishes and make them at home, Do read the 9 traditional Taiwanese dishes you can also try at home
About the Author: Sweta Biswal, runs a blog by the name of Oriyarasoi which is one of the most comprehensive food blogs on Odia Cuisine. She also enjoys giving a makeover to traditional recipes and believes in healthy eating. Not surprisingly, her blog has an amazing variety of weight loss recipes. Plus quite a few guilt-free desserts to die for!
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