Bubble Tea Recipe

As promised, I’m back again writing about Bubble tea only this time I am including a Bubble tea recipe. Bubble tea is not really at all difficult to make yourself at home, providing you can find the right ingredients; with one of the most important ingredients for Bubble tea being the larger sized tapioca pearls used in the drink. Once you have the right type of tapioca balls, the next challenge in producing the perfect cup of Bubble tea is to cook the tapioca so that it is at just the right texture–not too hard and chewy and not over-cooked.

Bubble Tea Ingredients

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Here is a list of ingredients you will need to make your Bubble tea. Note, you can actually use any type of tea–green, oolong, black or even fruit tea if you like as the base.

  • selected tea (preferably loose leaf tea, though tea bags will also work)
  • large size tapioca balls
  • sugar or fructose syrup (you can make this yourself rather than buying it if you like)
  • dairy creamer or milk/cream of your choice

You will also probably want a shaker of some sort, tall clear glasses and very large straws.

How To Make Bubble Tea At Home

There are many different variations when it comes to Bubble tea recipes. The recipe listed below is a very simple, basic recipe that can be adjusted or adapted according to your taste and your creativity. The mainstay of the tea is the tapioca balls but you can make the tea from tea bags or loose leaf tea, any type of tea including fruit teas, you can choose to use more milk, evaporated milk, or a creamer substitute. You can also use fruit juices or a freshly blended fruit such as mango to make a smoothie–as long as the tapioca balls find their way into the drink–unless you want to substitute the tapioca balls with small agar-agar squares or using taro, follow a taro bubble tea recipe!

  • ¾ cup of tea of your choice
  • dash of milk, cream or a scoop of dairy creamer
  • sufficient ice to fill up your glass
  • 2 ounces (or about ¼ of a cup) of already cooked tapioca pearls
  • syrup or fructose to taste

Shake together the hot tea, milk or cream substitute and syrup of fructose till it is well mixed — a cocktail shaker works well for this.

Add the ice to the shaker and continue shaking till bubbles or froth forms on top of the tea (that’s why it is called bubble tea, not because of the tapioca balls.)

Place the cooked and cooled tapioca pearls into a large glass, pour the tea mix over it and place a large sized straw in the tea.

Sit down and enjoy your self-made bubble tea!

Where To Find Tapioca Pearls

Granted, they are not always that easy to find.  If you have an Asian area of town you may well find them in almost any Asian supermarket. It is unlikely they’ll be in your local supermarket unless of course there’s a large Asian population in the area or Bubble tea is popular where you live. You may also have a tough time finding the straws. Unless you like shopping around or you know there are some to be found nearby, my recommendation would be to buy them online. There are some “Bubble tea” sites that have them for sale, or you can simply buy some from Amazon. For example, you can easily pick up Tapioca for Bubble Tea here, with quite a selection of items to choose from.

Incidentally, if you like you can even buy a Bubble Tea Starter Kit online that includes everything you need, down to straws and a cocktail shaker fairly inexpensively.

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How To Cook Tapioca Pearls for Bubble Tea Recipe

Last but perhaps most importantly the tapioca needs to be just the right consistency; not too chewy and not so soft and mushy either. If you buy the proper kind of tapioca, that used when making Bubble tea, it will take a lot longer to cook than the normal dessert ‘minute tapioca’.  The package should have instructions for cooking listed on it. If not, here’s a basic recipe for cooking tapioca:

  • Use 1 cup of tapioca balls per eight cups of water — this will make enough tapioca for 8 drinks.
  • Boil the water in a very large pot–tapioca really swells a lot
  • Once the water is boiling, add the tapioca. It should rise to the top, if it doesn’t you may want to gently stir it to separate the tapioca balls and encourage it to rise
  • Let the tapioca boil for 20 to 25 minutes. Turn the stove off and let the tapioca sit in the hot water for another 20 minutes
  • Drain the tapioca pearls and rinse off in slightly warm water, this will help them to separate better
  • Stir in some fructose or sugar syrup, mix it through the tapioca balls — again, it will aid in keeping the balls separated (sort of how olive oil in spaghetti does the same thing)

If you choose the smaller mini tapioca balls, the cooking time is reduced to around 15 minutes (with them standing in the hot water for 15 minutes after they are cooked.)

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