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How to milk tea boba Make Bubble Tea Lisa Lin

Hi Lisa, I have some oolong tea leaves. Can I use them or are these too light?
Thank you for sharing this great article with us. I liked the way of presenting this article.
I love the flavor of the taro , do you have a recipe for taro bubble tea?
I just ordered the boba pearls on Amazon. Can’t wait to try out your recipe. I love boba tea but hesitate to buy it when I’m out and about because it’s so expensive. Thanks again for the recipe ????
Hi Lisa, can you use white tapioca pearls that don’t contain all those nasty ingredients ?
This is perfect! If you guys need a super easy boba recipe follow my recipe video!
Any kind of sweetener works. However, if you use honey , it is best if you mix in the honey while the tea is hot so that the honey can dissolves evenly. The same goes for granulated sugar. Of course, this will mean that you’ll have to approximate how much sweetener you’ll need before the bubble tea is ready for tasting. You’ll probably need at least 2 tablespoons of honey for every 2 cups of tea.
um…because it’s HOT. have you never made tea before? you never steep tea in cold water. ????
Hi there Lisa-and thanks for providing this recipe! We are going to try it as soon as we ‘ need’ to go to the supermarket to purchase the tapioca pearls, since we are doing the social distancing thing! My 15 yodaughter who is obsessed with this tea convinced me to get one via Uber eats but unfortunately it spilt on delivery and ended up costing $12.00- so we can’t wait to try your very helpful recipe! It provide us a creative goal for the day Thanks again! Penny and Natalie.
The best kinds of tea to use are those that have a robust flavor, such as black or jasmine tea. Because you will water down the tea with milk and ice cubes, you want a strong tasting tea that will retain its flavor. I used Numi’s Chinese Breakfast Tea for the recipe, but any strong tea will work. Another tea blend I recommend is equal parts Assam and Ceylon tea leaves.
I prepared the pearls with brown sugar and water. I also added a splash of heavy whipping cream along with the milk and it was delicious. Thank you for the recipe!
Also, FYI, I plan to make the boba drinks with cold tea, straight from the fridge.
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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!!
????????‍♀️ Than I guess you can’t make boba tea! ???? LMAO ????
You can find them at ANY chinese supermarket!! Hope I helped!
This recipe seems super simple and easy to follow. Good job.
You can steep the tea 1 or 2 days before and store it in the refrigerator. Also, you can make the simple syrup several days ahead. I wouldn’t recommend cooking the tapioca pearls more than an hour ahead because the pearls harden quite quickly.
I’m making this recipe for myself and my daughter. However, she likes black tea boba and I like milk tea boba. Do I need to make 2 different teas in that case? I’m afraid that if I leave the tea bags in until the water cools down completely, it’ll be too bitter for her because she won’t be using milk. Of course, I’d rather not have to make 2 different teas if I can help it. Thanks for your help!
what if you dont have boba? and cant find them anywhere
The writer put a link to buy boba in the recipe ???? if you have amazon, use that link. If not, i don’t think it’s possible to make bubble tea.
4.79 from 223 votes PRINT Servings: 4 drinks How to Make Bubble Tea I used Chinese breakfast tea for my bubble tea recipe, but any other black tea or strong tasting green teas will also work! For my version of the Jasmine Green Bubble Tea, check out my recipe on Numi’s blog ! In the recipe, you may notice that I use 8 tea bags to steep in just 4 cups of water. Because the tea will be watered down with milk and ice cubes, you want to start off with a pretty strong tasting tea. If you enjoy a lot of tapioca pearls in your drinks, I recommend cooking 1 cup of tapioca pearls instead of the 3/4 cup I listed below. You can also halve ingredients for simple syrup if you don’t think you’ll need that much. Prep Time 2 hrs Cook Time 10 mins Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins Ingredients 8 bags of black tea or 3 tablespoons loose-leaf black tea 4 cups hot water 3/4 cup quick-cooking tapioca pearls whole milk to serve , or your choice of milk simple syrup to serve , or your choice of sweetener For the Simple Syrup 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup sugar Instructions Prepare the tea : Steep the tea bags or leaves with 4 cups of freshly boiled water. Let the tea sit in water until it cools completely. Prepare the simple syrup :  Add the water and sugar to a saucepan and quickly stir everything together. Heat the water on medium-high and cook until the water boils and the sugar completely dissolves. Remove the saucepan from heat and let the simple syrup cool before transferring to a jar. Cook the tapioca pearls:  Bring about 4 cups of water to boil and add the . Stir the pearls and wait for them to float to the top. Then, cook them for another 5 minutes. Test a pearl to see if it has reached the desired level of softness. Cook the pearls for another few minutes if they are still stiff. Use a slotted spoon to remove the pearls from the hot water. Quickly rinse the pearls with water. Transfer the pearls into a bowl, and mix the pearls with a few tablespoons of simple syrup . Assemble the drinks : Strain the tea into a pitcher. Divide the cooked tapioca pearls into 4 large glasses. Next, add a few ice cubes to each glass. Pour 1 cup of the tea into each glass. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of milk and 1 1/2 tablespoons of simple syrup into each glass. Stir and taste the milk tea. Add more milk or simple syrup to your taste. If you are serving the beverage to guests, have a small pitcher of milk and the jar of simple syrup ready so that each guest can adjust their drinks to their taste. The drink is usually served with large boba straws . If you don’t have the straws on hand, you can use spoons to scoop out the tapioca pearls. Notes You will likely have some simple syrup left over, which you can refrigerate for 3 to 4 weeks. You can use any kind of sugar to make simple syrup, such as light or dark brown sugar or coconut sugar. I also like to infuse my syrup with ginger by adding a few slices of ginger to the saucepan as I make the syrup. Typically, I leave the tea steeping the entire time so that the tea is strong and bitter. Otherwise, I find that the tea flavor is too faint when I add milk and ice cubes to the drink. Some tea leaves definitely have a stronger bitter flavor. Feel free to remove the tea bags or tea leaves after 5 minutes if you are concerned about the bitterness of the tea. If you are making the pearls about an hour ahead, don’t drain the pearls from the saucepan. Leave them in the hot water as the heat of the water will help keep the tapioca pearls soft. Nutrition Serving: 1 drink | Calories: 160 kcal | Carbohydrates: 36.9 g | Protein: 1 g | Fat: 1 g | Saturated Fat: 0.6 g | Cholesterol: 3.1 mg | Sodium: 20.6 mg | Fiber: 0.3 g | Sugar: 11.9 g Did you make this recipe? Tag @hellolisalin or leave a star rating and comment on the blog! © Lisa Lin Cuisine: Asian Category: Drinks Pin Yummly Facebook Email
Magnificent Post. I really like your article.
The sugar for the syrup, how much to add as it just says 1 sugar table or cup
This was a great article, I really liked your way of presenting this article. Thank you for sharing.
I always wanted to make my bubble tea taste like the ones from starbucks but every recipie I tried just ended up to be fresh milk with a few boba pearls… But Lisa believe it or not your recipie was just perfect! Your a star, mine tasted exactly like the ones from star bucks and when I used hersheys syrup for the sweetner I was in heaven! You are so talented in this catogary Lisa! Thank you so much! Keep posting those awesome recipies!!
Ever wondered how to make bubble tea? Here is a simple bubble tea recipe that shows how you can make this beverage at home!
Hi Liv, read the section “What Kind of Sweetener Do You Use” in the post for more tips about honey.
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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
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