Bubble Tea
Bubble Tea
5 from 1 vote
Cool and creamy, bubble tea is a delightful Taiwanese drink that has become popular worldwide. Impress your family and friends with your homemade bubble tea. Enjoy the unique texture of tapioca in this delicious drink together.
Bubble Tea

Have you ever craved a fun, flavorful beverage that’s both refreshing and unique? Look no further than Bubble Tea, a delightful concoction originating from Taiwan that has taken the world by storm.

This beloved drink, also known as Boba Tea, is a perfect blend of tea, milk, chewy tapioca pearls, and sweetness, creating an experience like no other. Despite its exotic appearance, making Bubble Tea at home is surprisingly simple, making it an ideal choice for adventurous home cooks looking to try something new.

Bubble Tea’s origins date back to the 1980s in Taiwan, where it was invented as a creative twist on traditional tea drinks. Since then, it has become a global phenomenon, with countless variations and flavors to suit every taste preference.

What sets Bubble Tea apart is the addition of tapioca pearls, which give the drink its signature chewy texture and make each sip a delightful adventure.

While making Bubble Tea might seem daunting at first, fear not! With just a few basic ingredients and some simple steps, you can whip up this delicious beverage in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Whether you’re hosting a gathering with friends or simply treating yourself to a special drink, Bubble Tea is sure to impress with its vibrant colors, rich flavors, and playful appeal.

Expert Tip: Customize your Bubble Tea with additional toppings such as jelly cubes, fruit popping boba, or flavored syrups for a unique twist on this classic drink.


Black tea or green tea: These tea bags provide the base flavor for your Bubble Tea, offering a rich and aromatic taste that pairs perfectly with the other ingredients.

Granulated sugar: Adding sweetness to the tea helps balance out the flavors and enhances the overall taste of the drink, ensuring it’s not overly bitter.

Milk: Incorporating milk adds creaminess and a smooth texture to the Bubble Tea, creating a luscious mouthfeel that complements the tea and tapioca pearls.

Tapioca pearls: These chewy, gelatinous pearls are the star of the show in Bubble Tea, providing a fun and satisfying texture with every bite. They add a playful element to the drink and make it truly unique.

Ice cubes: Cooling down the tea mixture with ice cubes ensures that your Bubble Tea is refreshing and chilled, perfect for enjoying on a hot day or as a delightful treat anytime.

Expert Tip: For extra flavor, you can infuse the tea with ingredients like ginger, lemongrass, or fruit slices before adding the milk and ice cubes.

Serving Suggestions

  • Pair your homemade Bubble Tea with some delicious Asian snacks like spring rolls, dumplings, or crispy tofu for a delightful culinary experience.
  • Serve Bubble Tea alongside fresh fruit platters or mini desserts for a fun and colorful dessert spread at parties or gatherings.
  • For a creative twist, try experimenting with different tea flavors, such as jasmine, oolong, or fruit-infused teas, to customize your Bubble Tea to your liking.
  • Garnish your Bubble Tea with a sprinkle of matcha powder, coconut flakes, or sliced fruit for an extra touch of flavor and visual appeal.
  • Consider hosting a Bubble Tea tasting party where guests can customize their own drinks with a variety of toppings and flavorings for a fun and interactive experience.

Expert Tip: Make sure to cook the tapioca pearls just until they are tender. Overcooking can result in mushy pearls, so keep an eye on them while boiling.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use other types of milk instead of cow’s milk?

Yes, you can use alternative milk options such as almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk to make your Bubble Tea dairy-free or vegan-friendly.

How long do the tapioca pearls need to cook?

Tapioca pearls typically take about 5 minutes to cook, but it’s essential to follow the package instructions as cooking times may vary depending on the brand and size of the pearls.

Can I adjust the sweetness level of the Bubble Tea?

Absolutely! Feel free to adjust the amount of sugar to suit your taste preferences. You can also experiment with alternative sweeteners like honey, agave syrup, or maple syrup for a different flavor profile.

Can I make Bubble Tea ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator?

While it’s best to enjoy Bubble Tea fresh for the best taste and texture, you can prepare the tea and tapioca pearls ahead of time and store them separately in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, simply combine the ingredients and enjoy!

Where can I find tapioca pearls for Bubble Tea?

Tapioca pearls are widely available at Asian grocery stores, specialty food stores, or online retailers. Look for tapioca pearls specifically labeled for Bubble Tea or boba drinks for the best results.

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Bubble Tea

Bubble Tea

by Nabeela Kauser
Cool and creamy, bubble tea is a delightful Taiwanese drink that has become popular worldwide. Impress your family and friends with your homemade bubble tea. Enjoy the unique texture of tapioca in this delicious drink together.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Taiwanese
Servings 2
Calories 217 kcal


  • 2 Tea Bags Black tea or green tea
  • 300 ml Water
  • 50 g Granulated Sugar
  • 100 ml Milk
  • 50 g Tapioca Pearls
  • Ice Cubes


  • To make the tea, bring 300ml of water to a boil in a saucepan. Add the tea bags and let them steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and stir in sugar until it dissolves.
  • In a separate pot, boil 500ml of water. Once boiling, add tapioca pearls and gently stir. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat and let it sit for another 5 minutes. Drain and rinse the tapioca pearls with cold running water.
  • Combine the brewed tea, milk, and ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Shake well until the mixture is frothy and well-mixed.
  • Add a handful of tapioca pearls to each glass. Pour the tea mixture over the pearls and stir gently. Serve immediately with a wide straw.


  • The amount of sugar can be adjusted to personal preference, and other sweeteners like honey can be also used instead.
  • For a vegan version, use non-dairy milk like almond or soy milk.
  • Fruit syrups or flavoured powders can also be added for extra taste.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 217kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 28mgPotassium: 81mgFibre: 0.2gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 84IUVitamin D: 1µgCalcium: 73mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword Beverages, Drinks, Recipe, Summer, Tea
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