Hello! Hello! Keeping this Thirsty Thursday introduction as short as I can, because today’s recipe is a little more involved than most, but trust me when I say the effort is well worth it.
Like Hello Kitty and hats with ears, bubble tea is an obsession that no Asian can deny. It’s a must-order item anytime I go to the Asian supermarket, but since I don’t go nearly as often as I should, I thought I’d try making the drink at home.
I was thrilled with the results and snapped pictures of the entire process. People say taking pictures of one’s food is another big Asian thing. No idea where they get that from.
The players: tapioca pearls (½ cup for each glass of bubble tea you hope to make), tea, white sugar, brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk, water and milk.
To cook the tapioca:
Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. The water to tapioca ratio should be 10 to 1. Once the water boils, throw in the tapioca pearls and bring the water back to boiling.
Turn the the heat to medium low, cover the pot and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep the tapioca from sticking.
Next, turn off the heat and let the tapioca pearls sit in the pot, covered, for another 10 minutes.
Soak them in cold water to prevent further cooking, drain through a colander and set aside.
As the tapioca pearls are cooking, you can prepare the sugar syrup.
1 cup of water
½ cup white sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
Boil the water, then mix in both sugars, and stir until the mixture comes to a boil again. Reduce heat.
You’ll only need a couple of spoonfuls per cup of bubble tea. You can refrigerate what you don’t use.
You’ll of course also need TEA! I went with a Chinese black tea, because I’m a sucker for tradition, but use whatever tea you’d like.
And now it’s time to throw all the fixings in a glass!
Start with the tapioca pearls, then add about 2 tablespoons of the sugar syrup.
Add 1 tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk.
Pour in some tea, drop in a little bit of milk, mix and taste. Add more tea, sugar syrup, and/or condensed milk to your taste.
Do all of that and you’ll have yourself one tall glass of traditional bubble tea. Throw in some ice if you like it cold. Enjoy!
- ½ cup cooked tapioca pearls
- 2 tablespoons sugar syrup (instructions above)
- 1 tablespoon sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup tea
- 1 tablespoon milk
- Fill the bottom of a tall glass with cooked tapioca pearls.
- Add 2 tablespoons of sugar syrup.
- Add 1 tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk.
- Pour tea in glass and top with milk.
- Mix and taste, adding more tea, sugar syrup, and/or condensed milk to your liking.
- Makes 1 cup of bubble tea