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Bubble Milk Tea (Boba) Recipe

Bubble Milk Tea (Boba Milk Tea)

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 2 people


Tapioca Pearls

  • 1/2 cup uncooked tapioca pearls
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

Black Milk Tea

  • 2 bags Tetley's orange pekoe tea or black tea of your choice
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp granulated white sugar
  • 5 tbsp Coffee Mate powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 1 cup ice


Tapioca Pearls

  1. To make the tapioca pearls, bring 3 cups of water to a boil in medium pot. Stir in 1/2 cup of the uncooked tapioca pearls and boil on medium heat for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, remove from heat. Drain off the water into a bowl and add 1/2 cup of brown sugar into the drained water and mix well. Transfer the tapioca pearls back into the pot and add in the brown-sugar-water mixture. Cover with a lid and let sit for 30 minutes or until chewy and cooked (removed from heat).

Black Milk Tea

  1. In a large cup, place 2 bags of orange pekoe tea and add in 1 1/2 cups of boiling water. Let the tea seep for about 5 minutes and remove the tea bags. Stir in 2 tbsp of granulated white sugar (to taste) and 5 tbsp of powdered non-dairy creamer and mix well. In a shaker, add 1 cup of ice. Add in the tea mixture into the shaker and shake well until all the ice melts and the milk tea is foamy.

Bubble Tea Assembly

  1. Add the cooked and sweetened tapioca pearls to two medium-sized glasses evenly (note that you can also add in the sugar syrup in which the tapioca pearls sit in). Add some ice to each glass (optional). Gently add in the milk tea and mix well.