Bubble tea is a Taiwanese based beverage which has become widely popular worldwide in a recent decade. Its origin dates back to the 1980s. Tapioca is a type of starch that is extracted from the cassava plant’s roots.
Popular bubble tea recipes have mainly unique individual combinations of some tea varieties, flavoured milk variants with sugar. Toppings used in a Bubble tea recipe are known as pearls or boba.
To make each bubble tea recipe fun and distinct, chefs often use various colourful jellies. Fruit jelly, grass jelly, agar jelly or aloe vera jelly with the chewy tapioca balls or puddings give the recipe more taste. Some frozen bubble tea recipes become more consistent and refreshing when they are served with blended ice.
Bubble teas are very popular all around the world. Various creative chefs have given bubble tea such widespread popularity. Bubble teas can be enjoyed with versatile flavours and varieties.
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The fruity and creamy flavours of bubble tea are the most popular ones. Popular fruity and creamy varieties of bubble tea are prepared using many fruits with diversity in colours and taste.
Popular taste-enhancing fruits used in fruity-creamy flavours are mango, passion fruit, lychee, honeydew, avocado, kiwi, banana and strawberry.
Another popular non-fruity & creamy flavours contain chocolate, coffee, mocha, lavender tea and rose tea.
Some chefs also offer non-creamy drinks with fruit pulp syrups. Popular fruits choices to make this variant are passion fruit, honeydew, strawberry, and lychee.
Bubble tea is gaining immense popularity across the world as non-alcoholic and non-carbonated drinks. They are being preferred as healthier options. In certain parts of the world, they are also acknowledged as pearl milk tea, Boba juice or Boba tea.
The first-ever made bubble tea consisted of cold tea and fen yuan. Fen yuan is a popular Taiwanese tapioca sweet pudding. The initial innovation of today’s brilliant bubble tea came out from the experiments of a foodie lady.
The food lover lady was trying something new with her drinks and desserts. With the sudden amazing change in taste, everyone fell in love with her fun and colourful drinks.
Since then, many variations of bubble tea were created and it is served either cold or hot with regional taste preferences. Later on, the tea base of drinks was replaced with the evolution of bubble tea.
Originally, the drink consisted of black tea then people changed their preferences to green jasmine tea and now we may see a lot of cold tasty fruity-creamy versions.
Originally, people used to have small tapioca pearls in bubble tea drinks. However, since evolving, many different sizes of tapioca are now served, with different flavours.
Currently, various kinds of flavoured and colourful tapioca pearls are used in bubble tea. Some of the popular pearls are white, pink, yellow, green and brown with the hints of resembling foods & fruits flavour like lychee, strawberry, lemon, grapes and caramel.
Let us make our bubble tea at home
The recipe makes 2 drinks, you may multiply the ingredients as per your requirements.
- 1/2 cup dried tapioca pearls per serving (Don’t use quick-cooking pearls)
- 2 to 4 tea bags per serving (Your favourite)
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Milk, almond milk, or sweetened condensed milk
- Fruit juice or nectar
- Bowl for holding the cooked pearls
- Measuring cups
- Combine the pearls with water: Measure 4 cups of water for every 1/2 cup of pearls being prepared into a saucepan. Bring the water to a boil over high heat on the stove. Add the pearls and stir gently until they begin floating to the top of the water.
- Cook the pearls: Turn the stove heat to medium and cook the pearls for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the stove, cover with a lid, and let the pearls get soaked for another 10 to 15 minutes.
- Prepare the sugar syrup for the pearls: While the pearls are cooking, make a simple sugar syrup to sweeten and preserve them when cooked. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil over high heat on the stove. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup sugar until dissolved. Set aside to cool.
- Prepare a strong cup of tea: This can be done either while the pearls are cooking or ahead of time. Allow enough time for the tea to cool completely before making the pearls. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Remove from stove heat and add the tea bags; use one tea bag for regular-strength bubble tea or two for a stronger tea flavour. Remove those tea bags after 15 minutes and let the tea chill.
- Store the pearls until ready to assemble: Once the pearls have finished cooking, drain them from the water and transfer them to a small bowl. Pour the sugar syrup over the top until the pearls are submerged. Let the pearls settle until the room temperature, at least 15 minutes, or refrigerate until ready to use. Pearls are best if used within a few hours of cooking but may be kept refrigerated for several days. The pearls will gradually harden and become crunchy as they sit.
- Make the bubble tea: Pour the prepared tea into a tall glass and add the pearls. Add milk for a rich creamy bubble tea, juice for a fruity tea, or leave plain and add a little extra water. Sweeten to taste with the simple syrup from soaking the pearls.
- Very chilled bubble tea: For an extra-chilly bubble tea, combine all the tea, milk, and/or juice, but not the pearls in a cocktail shaker. Add a few ice cubes and shake for 20 seconds. Pour into a tall glass and add the pearls.
- Shortcut pearls: If you want immediate gratification, just cook your pearls until they are tender, 5 to 10 minutes, and use them as soon as they’re cool. This kind of pearls doesn’t keep for very long (turning rock-hard in a few hours), but is delicious if eaten right away.
- Saving leftover pearls and making pearls for later: Pearls are best if used within a few hours of cooking. You may keep them refrigerated with simple syrup for several days. The pearls will gradually harden and become crunchy as they sit.
I hope you will love to enjoy bubble tea in your good times making memories with your blissful smiles and sips together with your loved ones.
And please don’t forget to mention in the comment section below, how did you like your homemade bubble tea?