Bubble teeaaa! Must resist … buying … every time I walk by a bubble tea shop … so addictive … must not give in …
Bubble tea is super delicious and satisfying to buy on a hot day but it’s kind of expensive. I feel much less guilty when I make bubble tea at home because it’s so much cheaper (~$0.40 vs. $4), so here’s a quick video to show you how I make two flavours of bubble tea at home!
2 cups of water
1/4 cup jumbo tapioca pearls
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup brown (or white) sugar
1/2 cup milk (1/4 cup per glass)
1/4 cup litchi (canned or fresh)
6 ice cubes (optional, 3 per glass)
2 Small pots with a lid
Ziploc bag (for ice cubes)
Bubble tea straws
- Boil 2 cups of water and add 1/4 cup of jumbo tapioca pearls. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the tapioca is mostly translucent. Take the pot off the burner, cover, and let it sit for 20 minutes.
- Pour 1/2 cup of water into the bowl, and add 1/2 cup of brown or white sugar. Stir, and microwave for 30 minutes to make a warm syrup.
- Strain the bubbles and add them to the warm syrup. (It’s important to keep the bubbles warm so that they don’t get hard and crunchy.)
- Milk tea: Boil 1 cup of water, turn off the heat, add 2 bags of black tea, let steep for 3-5 minutes, then let the tea cool. Scoop out 1/4 cup of cooked pearls into the glass, add 1-2 tsp. of syrup, add the black tea, top up with milk, and top it up with 3 cubes of crushed ice (using the Ziploc bag). Stir and serve!
- Litchi green tea: Boil 1/2 cup of water, turn off the heat, add 1 bags of green tea, let steep for 3-5 minutes, then let the tea cool. Blend 1/4 cup of litchi, 1/4 cup of milk, and the green tea. Scoop out 1/4 cup of cooked pearls into the glass, add 1-2 tsp. of syrup, add the tea mixture, and top it up with 3 cubes of crushed ice. Stir and serve!
You can buy jumbo tapioca pearls at most Asian grocery stores (packs sell for $2-4, and they make enough for 10-12 servings of bubble tea. I got my pearls at Lucky Moose Market in Toronto’s Chinatown for $3. I like those particular ones because they have a minimum of funny ingredients and cook up nicely — soft but still chewy.
The cooked pearls get crunchy after a day or so, so making bubble tea at home is best when you have a few friends over and you can make a big batch. Bubble tea party anyone? 😀