Just made this for my granddaughter, she loves bubble tea. Took a trip to the Korean Market and got the ingredients, made adjustments to suit her taste. Used multi-color tapioca pearls, Fairlife milk and English Breakfast tea. She really enjoyed the treat tonight. Score one for gram!
You can also make a dairy-free version with nut milks or soy milk. I tried using canned coconut milk once, and the coconut milk left a funny feeling in my mouth. It felt as if my mouth was coated with a thin layer of coconut fat.
Can we refrigerate our tea to cook it faster?
Can I use pearl tapioca bought in the grocery store.
Hi, Christina. What you can do is make a condensed tea. For your daughter, you can dilute the tea with some water before serving. For yours, just add milk as instructed. Give that a try; otherwise, you would have to brew 2 separate batches. I don’t bother covering the tea with a lid, though if you have a ton of other food in the fridge, milk tea boba you might want to cover up the tea.
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Hi! Thank you for the amazing recipe, I have to say this is the best milk tea recipe with balanced taste between tea and milk!!
I’m looking forward to trying this breve!!
Any suggestions on how to make grapefruit royal tea? It’s my favorite at the tea shop and I’d love to make it at home!
This is a helpful post. Thank you for sharing it.
While I enjoy drinking bubble tea, I don’t particularly like the ones sold in the teahouse chains because they contain too much sugar. The good thing is that you can make bubble tea at home easily! In this bubble tea recipe, all you really need is tea, tapioca pearls, milk, and a sweetener.
So excited to try this!! I remember the craze when everyone was meeting for bubble tea. I’d definitely rather make it at home! Thanks Lisa!
Bubble tea is one of my favorite things to sip on during the summer. Originating from Taiwan, bubble tea usually consists of sweetened tea with milk and the characteristic chewy tapioca balls, also known as boba . Bubble tea comes in many flavors: plain tea flavors such as black or jasmine tea; fruit flavors such as strawberry or honeydew; and even taro, which is a root vegetable commonly used in Asian dishes. .
Tastes exactly the same as what you would buy from a bubble tea shop! I used lactose-free milk and added a few spoonfuls of sugar water in mine. I found that leaving the teabags in as the tea cooled had no effect on its taste when all ingredients are mixed in. This recipe is a keeper, thank you!
This bubble tea recipe looks so amazing and delicious! I love a good jasmine green tea, too!
Yes, you can divide the recipe by 4 and see if you like the flavor. Then, ramp up if you want more of any ingredient.
Since the tea bags are a lot and they stay for quite a while, it depends on your taste on how much milk to use. If you put a lot of milk it will be lighter for example
Also, do I leave the cover on the pot in which I’m steeping the tea or can I remove the lid to speed up the cooling process?
It’s it possible your soy milk was already sweetened and flavored? That would probably make it taste pretty bad.
Recently moved to Italy from the United States and I am missing bubble tea SO BADLY!!! I’ve been following and loving your IG for a while now and just came across this bubble tea recipe. I made this recipe for the first time yesterday with boba that a friend mailed me and it was so delicious. I came home today and immediately made another one. Will probably continue having this every day until I run out of my boba stash, LOL! Thanks for the great recipe.
I’ve been trying to find a simple way to learn to make this tea..I think I’ll try natural honey for my sweetener…thank you for sharing….. Gm
You made another excellent recipe. We loved it! Thank you so much.
I am going to try to make the pearl tea. I have bought it from Pearl Tea store many times
I love tea but I have heard the first time about this tea. This is the beauty of food. Love to try once.
I typically use , which cooks in about 5 minutes. I like that these pearls cook quickly, but the texture could be better. You can find these .
Thank you for sharing this great article. I really liked the way you have presented this article.
So good and so easy! My son commented twice on how good they were. Will make again! Thank you!!
Recipe sounds easy and delicious. I am going to try making the milk tea with boba when I have some quiet time.
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Because everyone has different preferences for sweetness, I recommend preparing simple syrup and having each person add however much simple syrup they want into their drinks. Simple syrup is easy to prepare. Combine 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of sugar in a saucepan and heat to a boil. Cook until the sugar dissolves and turn off the heat. Once the simple syrup has cooled, bottle it up, and it’s ready to be used. Typically, I use about 1 1/2 tablespoons of simple syrup for each drink, just so it tastes barely sweet. Some people might want more syrup in their drink.
can u make pearls at home plz. coz we don’t have em where i live n the shipping is too complicated
Should I use regular granulated sugar or brown sugar for the simple syrup?
Hi Emily! Thank you for trying this recipe and I’m so happy you like it! ?? I would use 2 bags for one cup? You can always take it out early but you want nice tea flavors .
How to milk tea boba Make Bubble Tea Lisa Lin
Depending on the type of teas used, the bags really should be removed. As the leaves steep, they begin to release tannins which make the drink incredibly bitter. More oxidized, robust teas will easily make your drink too bitter if steeped more than the recommended 3-5 minutes. It really does depend on the brand/variety, but beware!
May I suggest using canned evaporated milk? Carnation evaporated milk is my go-to whereas a no-name brand of canned evaporated milk is an excellent alternative. Interestingly, evaporated milk adds a good flavour to bubble tea, it serves as the dairy ingredient in the iconic Hong Kong Milk Tea, an exceptionally popular hot or cold beverage amongst Guangdong people who live in Hong Kong. I have researched the origins of canned evaporated milk, which emerged during World War 2, Hong Kong was a former British colony, which might have explained how the locals came to enjoy the taste of canned evaporated milk in lieu of fresh milk or cream in their Hong Kong Milk Tea.
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You do if you’re making sun brewed iced tea…
I tried this recipe and I don’t know if it’s the sweetener that I used, which was honey or the milk that I used. I used soy milk, organic one. But it wasn’t so much of my taste. It’s my first time making milk tea boba with black tea and soy milk so it was all new to my tasting. Whenever I would make it just for fun, I would use Green Tea and Coffee Cream as my milk. However, it was good overall!
Main concern with only steeping for 3-5 minutes is that it will be incredibly watered down when milk and ice are added.
Hi Penny! Hope you enjoy the bubble tea!
You mentioned heavy cream tasting better, but thought it was too decadent. Truth is heavy cream is better for you than all the rest. ????
I prefer using whole milk the most because the rich flavor makes the beverage tastier overall. I tried a version of the bubble tea with heavy cream. While the flavor of the tea was even better than the version I made with whole milk, it felt too decadent. Perhaps using half-and-half is a good compromise?
Hi just wondering how the taste of milk tea differs depending on the amount of milk you use. I’ve been looking at different recipes and they all call for very different amounts of milk. It varies from 1 tbsp to 2 cups. I was just wondering how the taste of the tea changes depending on the amount of milk i put. Thanks!
Thank you so much for catching that! It should say “1 cup sugar.” I have edited the recipe to reflect the correction.
I had bubble tea for the first time with you. I can’t even remember how many years ago that was….. Your recipe sounds delicious.
Thanks for the feedback, Mai! I have tried it with soy milk before and didn’t like it either. That’s why I recommend using whole milk.
When shopping at the store I bought regular tapioca balls not “black” can these still be used in bubble tea? What is the difference? Thanks!
This is the best recipe for tea. Thanks for sharing I will surely try this.
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Hi Lisa! Lately i’ve been “crazy” for boba tea so for me this is heaven ,Super exited to try this. Q: Lets say if i would like other flavor what could i do ? Thx !
Is it ok to divide the recipe by four and just have one serving? Just got my straws and tapioca pearls from Amazon, but I don’t want to waste any.
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Why use just boiled water? what is the purpose of just boiled water?
I think they’ll be great! I’ve definitely had milky oolong teas before!
I do not, but it will be something that I’ll explore!
The best ever tea I used to sip in my basketball training thanks
One important thing to note about these quick-cooking tapioca pearls is that you should only cook as many as you need . The pearls stiffen as they cool, so they do not keep well overnight. milk tea recipe pdf