What is Bubble Tea? How to make Bubble Tea
Bubble tea is a sweet tea based beverage. There are many recipes for
bubble teas but most have a strong black tea base which
is mixed with either milk or fruit juice and served cold. It can be made with
any type of tea.
The most well known is "pearl milk
tea" sometimes known as "boba milk tea"
milk tea" which contains small chewy balls made of
tapioca. These teas
are often shaken to mix the ingredients, creating a foam
on the top of some varieties which gives rise to the name.
Bubble tea was invented in Taiwan in the 1980s but has
become popular in many parts of the world having first
spread to other East Asian countries before spreading to
Canada, the United States via the numerous Chinatowns and then to
college towns along the West Coast.
You can find Bubble Tea Cafes in many cities in Asia, the USA,
Canada and Europe.
How To Cook Tapioca Pearls for Bubble Tea
Bring a large pot of water to the boil.
Slowly stir in the tapioca pearls so that they do not
stick together. Once the pearls start to float,
after about 1 minute, reduce heat to medium, cover and simmer rapidly for 15 minutes.
Turn the heat off
and leave to stand, covered, for 15 minutes.
Rinse the tapioca pearls in cold water and drain through a colander and chill
NB. A shorter cooking time will produce chewier
tapioca balls and a longer cooking time produce less
A Classic Bubble Tea Recipe
Makes 480ml/16fl.oz/ 1 serving
Prep time: 5 mins
120ml/4fl.oz./½ cup chilled, cooked large Tapioca Pearls
240ml/8fl.oz./1 cup crushed Ice
240ml/8fl.oz./1 cup very strong sweetened chilled Black
240ml/8fl.oz./1 cup Milk
the ingredients in a cocktail shaker, and shake
vigorously until the mixture is frothy.
Pour into a tall glass, and serve with extra-thick straws.