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Boba Tea

Boba Tea

Boba tea is one of Taiwan's "bubble black tea" culture. Although tapioca balls are added to milk tea, it has become one of Taiwan's most representative beverages and snacks.
Prep Time 50 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4
Calories 158 kcal


Homemade pearls

  • 200 g Cassava starch
  • 150 g Water
  • 80 g Brown sugar

Homemade milk tea

  • 5 sticks Chazhen or tea leaves 30-50 grams
  • 400 g Water
  • 500 g Milk
  • 100 g Whipped cream or no milk used
  • 20 g Condensed milk 20 g
  • 20 g Sugar

Boiled syrup

  • 200 g Boil the leftover water of the pearl 200 g
  • 40 g Brown sugar


  • Put water and brown sugar cubes in the pot, cook on medium-low heat until the brown sugar melts and the water boils to make small bubbles. ⚠️It must be boiled. If the water temperature is not enough, it will form a non-Newtonian fluid, which will never form a ball, so it will be fun.
  • Pour in the tapioca starch and turn off the heat, stir with a spatula to form a flocculent powder without dry powder. Knead the dough after it is not hot. If the dough is too dry, add boiling water to it, add less, 5-10 grams at a time. If the dough is too wet, add some tapioca starch.
  • Finally knead it into a dough like plasticine. It is soft and slightly crooked, and has strong plasticity. There is no big jaggedness when pressed by fingers.
  • Move to the chopping board and rub them into long strips. Cut a few pieces on average and then rub them separately.
  • Sprinkle some tapioca starch to prevent sticking, and cut them side by side into small pieces of the same size.
  • Sprinkle some tapioca starch on the baking tray to prevent sticking. Throw the cut pearls into the baking dish and roll around to prevent sticking.
  • Cut the bigger ones to make the boba, and cut the smaller ones to make the pearls. I cut the big boba, about 2-3 grams each.
  • After cutting, take it to the living room while watching TV series,  and rub it. Bring the family members or children to help rubbing together, parent-child DIY, simple and fun. After rubbing all the pieces, rub the whole piece like this to make it rounder.
  • Make all the pearls, sift off the excess floating powder, and cook in the pot. Cook as much as you eat. The rest can be sealed and frozen for more than 1 month, and you can eat and cook as you go, without thawing, which is very convenient.
  • After laying and freezing the shape first, then pack it into boxes or bags and freeze it to prevent the pearls from being compressed and deformed.
  • Next, start to boil the pearl in a pot with more water. (Outside the recipe)
  • After the water is boiled, add the pearls and stir a few times to prevent adhesion. Boil again until the pearl floats and cook for a while.
  • The pearls are of different sizes, and the speed of cooking is different. Cook for about 10 minutes. Take one and taste. If you bite it, there is no hard core in the middle and it will be cooked. When cooked, turn off the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  • After simmering, remove the pearls, and immediately pass over the ice water, and the pearls will be more qualitative. (Water outside the formula)
  • Don’t ask me why the pearls are not round, because they are not freshly boiled, they are piled up and squashed when they are frozen, causing...
  • Next, boil the syrup for hanging on the wall. The soul of the dirty milk tea can continue to use the water just boiled the pearls. Pour out most of it, leaving about 200 grams.
  • Add the brown sugar to melt, boil until the water boils with dense small bubbles, stir it from time to time, continue to cook until large bubbles appear, stir and become slightly viscous, and the syrup is ready.
  • Add the freshly cooked pearls, stir evenly to coat the pearls with syrup, cook for 1-2 minutes, turn off the heat, cover and simmer for a while, the pearls will be more delicious.
  • All the pearls are crystal clear and can reflect light as a mirror. They are already very sweet, so I will steal a few of them first.
  • When the pearls are simmering, they just come to make milk tea. I use Pu'er tea zhen, pour 5 sticks of tea zhen in the pot, add water to boil, then open the fire to boil until the water boils. (If you use tea leaves, put about 30-50 grams of tea leaves.)
  • Turn off the heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes, the tea flavor will be more aromatic and sweet.
  • After simmering, open the lid and add milk, whipped cream, condensed milk and sugar. The sugar can be adjusted according to the taste. If you like to eat and put more, if you don’t like less, stir it evenly and then turn on the fire again. Bring to a boil.
  • Milk is easy to boil, so don't walk away while staring at it. After boiling, turn off the heat, sieve it again, remove the milk crust and foam, and the milk tea is ready.
  • The pearls just now are simmered, and the syrup will thicken after opening the lid to cool down and start to assemble. Add a few spoonfuls of pearls to the glass, add more to taste, and then add a spoonful of syrup.
  • Tilt the cup to let the syrup flow naturally and hang on the wall of the cup.
  • Scoop another two spoonfuls of syrup from the mouth of the cup and flow down the wall of the cup. Create a dirty effect.
  • Pour the milk tea, the net celebrity dirty milk tea is complete It's not too happy to come to such a big cup of hot milk tea in the cold winter, as well as big boba pearls.
  • There is nothing that cannot be solved by a cup of milk tea. If there is, then two cups.
  • A cup of milk tea, happy take off pearls dig and eat with a spoon🥄, give you a spoon
  • Put it into a heat-resistant nozzle bag, and give it to the children one person and one bag to go shopping and share it with your girlfriends and take it to the company to drink.
  • The caliber of my bag is too small, and the pearls are too big to pour in.