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Bubble tea: the recipe for making the well-known drink with tapioca pearls at home

Bubble tea: the recipe for making the well-known drink with tapioca pearls at home


Powdered brown sugar

Il Bubble teaalso known as “Boba tea“, “pearl tea” o “tea with bubbles“, is a refreshing drink of origine taiwaneseborn between Taiwan and Taichung in 1980 and appreciated all over the world.

It is characterized by the presence of tapioca pearls o poppin bobacrunchy balls, black or white, prepared with tapioca starch, water e sugar. The latter, in fact, give the tea a note of crunchiness and make it a real one snack-drinkas you chew and sip at the same time.

Finally, del is added to the tapioca pearls landnero, verde o oolong – he was born in lattevaccine or vegetable.

The poppin boba you can also buy them ready-made, but today we offer you the recipe to prepare them at home and obtain a fresh and light Bubble tea, healthier than those sold in specialized chains.

How to make Bubble tea or Boba tea

In a bowl, combine the tapioca starch and cocoa powder 1. Pour the water and brown sugar into a pan 2 and wait for it to caramelize 3.

Add the starch mix and let the dry ingredients absorb the water 4. Transfer the mixture onto a surface and knead by hand, adding the water a little at a time, until it forms a compact dough 5. Form a thin cylinder of dough and make very small balls 6.

Flour in the starch 7 and let them boil in water for 15 minutes 8. After cooking time, filter them in a colander and wash them with more clean water 9.

Transfer the balls to a bowl and mix them with powdered brown sugar 10. Pour them into the cup 11 and serve with black tea and milk 12.


The tapioca pearls they keep a room temperature per 3-4 days, closed in an airtight container. They can also be frozen yes rawwell spaced from each other: in this case they will be kept for 2-3 months.

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