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Love boba tea? Here’s how to make it at home
Boba tea—we all know it, we all *love* it. This tasty drink originating in Taiwan has taken the entire world by storm with its sweet and chewy goodness. However, going out every week for a cup or two can be a bit heavy on the wallet. Read on to learn how to make the cool, trendy drink just in time for summer!
What you'll need
For tapioca pearls:
- 3/4 cup tapioca flour ( + extra for dusting)
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 4 tbsp hot water
For the milk tea base:
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 4 cups hot water
- 8 bags of black tea or 3 tablespoons loose-leaf black tea
- milk of your choosing
How to make
- Over medium heat, stir together the sugar and water until fully dissolved, then take it off the stove.
- Stir in 1 tbsp tapioca flour (make sure there are no lumps!)
- Place the mixture on the heat again until it thickens into a sticky paste, then take it off again and stir in the rest of the tapioca flour.
- On a (tapioca) floured surface, knead the dough until it becomes soft and smooth. Careful—it can get sticky, so add flour as necessary.
- Roll the dough into very thin rods (think chopsticks). Then, chop into smaller pieces and roll into balls.
- To cook, boil enough water to completely cover the boba, and then drop the pearls in when the water boils. Make sure to stir so they don't stick to each other!
- Boil for 20 minutes, then drain and let them cool.
Milk tea base
- Making the tea: steep the tea bags with the 4 cups of boiling water. Leave it to steep for the whole recipe.
- Prepare the simple syrup: add 1/2 cup (cold) water and 1/2 cup brown sugar to a saucepan and cook on medium-high until fully dissolved. Transfer to a jar.
- Assembling the drinks: Strain the tea into a pitcher. Fill 4 glasses with ice cubes and 1/4 of the boba pearls. Add 1 1/2 tbsp of 1 cup of tea and 1 1/2 tbsp of the simple syrup. Finally, add as much milk as you want to finish it off.
Mix and match
The best thing about boba is that there are *so* many different variations and add-ins to try, and that should be no exception at home either. Here are some fun inspo for your next boba drink.