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Very Popular Bubble Tea Recipe
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Very Popular Bubble Tea

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"Bubble tea is very popular, especially to Asians, but now, more and more people from different backgrounds like the taste of it. I'm no expert at this, but I do know how to make it. It's simple but some of the ingredients may be a little tough to find. Just be patient and look for them in Chinese grocery stores. It is worth the trouble!"

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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    1 hr 30 mins


  1. In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups water to a boil. Stir in 1 teaspoon sugar until it dissolves. Toss in the pearl tapioca. Cook for about 20 minutes. Rinse, drain, and refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Pour tea, milk, and 4 teaspoons sugar into a cocktail shaker. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and the milk is well mixed in. Add the ice cubes, and shake so the whole drink can get cold. Pour into a glass, and add tapioca.
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  • Notes
  • This drink can be turned into Bubble Green Tea if you use green tea instead.
  • If you can find it, use Chinese rock sugar, or bing tong, to cook the tapioca with.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 09, 2004

This recipe works fairly well. However, I would recommend cooking your tapioca pearls for longer... 30 minutes or more. After the said 20 minutes, just watch the pearls until they are cooked to your preference. Also, when storing your pearls, coat them with honey or sugar syrup so they do not stick together. If you want flavoured bubble tea, simply add frozen juice concentrate in the flavour of your choice. Keep adding it tsp at a time until it is flavourful enough. Chocolate syrup is also quite good.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 09, 2010

The general problem of US bubble tea is the pearls do not have the chewness we have in Taiwan. When I make it at home, I would cook the pearls then move the pearls into rice cooker and cook for another 15 minutes until the middle is completely cook. The pearls aren't fully cook if it still shows a little white dot in the middle. Once that's done. Run cold water through it 3 times. You'll have the most chewy pearls you'll ever taste. Definitely leave them in honey or syrup so they don't stick together.

Jun 25, 2004

Definitely cook the tapioca at least 35-40 minutes. I run a bubble tea shop in Corpus Christi, TX 7314 SPID, and we use Choobees because you don't have to cook them...much easier! No cooking required!!

Dec 31, 2011

You cannot use American pearl tapioca for this recipe as it will fall apart and be nothing but a bunch of starch. You must use Pearl Tapioca that is made just for Bubble Tea. I recommend cooking the tapioca for 20 minutes and removing it from the heat source. Put a lid on the pot and allow to set for another 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water, it helps get the excess starch off much easier than cold water. I use Coconut Chai tea, Almond Milk and Stevia.

Oct 04, 2010

As others have suggested, I cooked the tapioca for about 30 minutes. The thing was, I should have stirred more, because a layer of tapioca pearls got stuck to the bottom of the pot, and could easily have burned and ruined the taste. So stir, people!! Anyway, this works, it’s awesome for homemade bubble tea! I love the taste, I love the bubbles! Oh, one more thing! I only used like 3-4 ice cubes. That’s enough to chill the beverage to my liking.

Sep 07, 2010

Good attempt at it. Following the advice of the first review, these are my insights. - You will probably have to cook the tapioca longer than 20 minutes. I cooked for about ~30 minutes. Cook it until the tapioca is transparent. - I used the smaller tapioca pearls and it just wasn't the same as the larger ones. So I highly recommend using the larger ones. But if you do decide to use the smaller ones, 1/3 cup felt like overkill for me. 1/4 cup seems like a better portion. - The drink didn't seem sweet enough following the original 4 teaspoons. So you'll need to add maybe up to 6 teaspoons of white sugar, or you can add honey to add more sweetness.

Jul 31, 2008

I have tried this recipe several times. I found I had to cook my tapioca for much longer. Cook it until the tapioca is clear. Also after the ice is added the tea is a bit watered down. I used less ice the second time to keep the tea a little stronger. The flavor was good but just not strong enough for my taste. I might try it again with chai tea. I am sure that would be very yummy.

Feb 15, 2007

Try this using spiced chai for a unique flavor.


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  • Calories
  • 280 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 67.9 g
  • 22%
  • Cholesterol
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 0.6 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 27 mg
  • 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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