What is Boba Tea?
Also known as Bubble Tea…. According to Wikipedia:
“Bubble tea is a Taiwanese tea-based drink invented in Taichung in the 1980s. Most bubble tea recipes contain a tea base mixed/shaken with fruit or milk, to which chewy tapioca balls or fruit jellies are often added.”
Boba tea was introduced to Los Angeles in the early 2000’s and its popularity has grown in recent years. You will find a wide range of people enjoying a boba milk tea, from teenagers to moms and also all ethnicities love boba tea. It’s not just an Asian thing! It’s a nice alternative to coffee since it’s not as strong in caffeine, yet gives you some energy and it’s fun to chew on the boba.
You can enjoy all sorts of flavors of boba milk tea. There’s Thai Milk Tea, Matcha Green Milk Tea, Taro Milk Tea, Earl Grey Milk Tea, Almond Milk Tea, Jasmine Milk Tea, Caramel Milk Tea, and many more flavors of milk tea.
As another option, you can enjoy a non-milk tea and order any flavor of iced tea with boba. Honey Tea, Honey Lemon Tea, Green Tea, Black Tea, Mango Black Tea and lots more. As even another option, you can order your boba tea hot. Perfect for a cool day or to warm up your vocals for you singers out there. If you see a Snow Bubble Tea on the menu, that’s more of a slushy boba drink. Yet another yummy option! As you can see, there are so many choices! Don’t feel overwhelmed. Once you discover your favorite boba drink, you’ll be hooked and will continue ordering the same drink over and over. It’s quite addicting!
DIY Boba Milk Tea
Here’s the recipe for creating your own Boba Milk Tea at home! This recipe makes enough boba for one drink. Just double up to make enough for two!
Find “Tapioca Pearls” at the Asian market.
You’ll need 2 cups of water for every 1/4 cup of boba.
Bring the water to a boil.
Add the boba and stir until they begin floating to the top of the water. Turn heat to medium and cook the boba 12-15 minutes. Remove pan from heat, cover, and let the boba sit for another 12-15 minutes.
Here’s what the boba looks like while they are cooking.
Cooking tip: Use a wooden spoon to prevent the water from boiling over!
While the tapioca pearls are cooking, you can start on the sweet syrup. You can make your own simple syrup, which is perfect to sweeten and preserve them once cooked. Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil on high heat on the stove. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup sugar until dissolved. Set aside to cool.
Once the boba is all done cooking, drain them in the sink using a colander.
Pour the boba into a glass bowl or plastic container.
Pour the sugar syrup over top until the boba and soak the boba in the homemade simple syrup. Let the boba sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving. You can also store in the fridge until you’re ready to make your drink.
This is what the boba looks like after it’s all done! Boba are best if used within a few hours of cooking, but you can store any extra boba in the fridge. They will become hard though. Fresh boba is always best!
Add as much boba as you want into your favorite milk tea or iced tea drink. This is a Taro Milk Tea is made with Taro Drink Mix powder mix from Big Train.
Here’s what the Taro mix from Big Train looks like. There are other delicious Asian inspired flavors available from Big Train in their Dragonfly line: Coconut, Green Tea, Honeydew, Mango, Taro and Thai.
You can add boba to any iced tea drink. Just brew hot tea as you normally would, then pour over ice. Add some sweet boba to your iced tea and you have yourself a boba iced tea! For milk tea, just add a splash of milk. For non dairy options, try soy, almond or coconut milk. There are so many ways to enjoy a refreshing boba drink!
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