On a recent trip to Thailand, my friend kept humming about a certain Bubble Tea she wanted to have. Not knowing what it was, I asked her and she went on to explain that it is a cold tea based drink with tiny jelly like beads in it, that burst with flavours in your mouth. I usually like my teas hot but the gusto with which she described this drink, it sounded like a must try. “They call it Boba Tea”, she said.
Bubble Tea originated in Taiwan and has become popular across South Asia and also America. Bubble Tea or Boba Tea, as the name suggests, is mostly a tea base (green tea/black tea) mixed/shaken with milk or fruit flavours. The name Boba Tea sprung because of the tiny chewy tapioca balls, also known as boba, which is added to the drink. It is also called Bubble Tea because of the frothy bubbles formed while shaking the drink to mix the ingredients. Over the years bubble tea has evolved in flavours with the use of different ingredients like ice cream, fresh fruits, syrup, cream, etc, and the tapioca balls itself is replaced in some variations with fruit jellies to compliment the other ingredients.
Give the usual Iced Tea a miss and add another fun element to your afternoon parties with a jar of bubbly Boba Tea.
For the Boba
- 1/2 cup Tapioca Pearls (can be found in any Asian grocery store or online)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
For the Tea
- 1 cup brewed black tea
- 1/4 cup cold milk or to taste
- honey or sugar to taste
- 1 cup crushed ice
To prepare the Boba: Cook tapioca pearls as instructed on its packet and rinse them off. Make sugar syrup by combining the water and brown sugar and heat till the sugar dissolves. Transfer the cooked tapioca to the sugar syrup and let it sit for 15 minutes.
To prepare the tea: In a shaker combine all the ingredients and shake to mix it well.
Add 2-3 tablespoons of boba in a glass and pour in the tea. Stir and serve.
You can try your own variations by using flavoured milk or by combining black/green tea with fruit juices.