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Bubble Tea (Pearl Milk Tea)

December 18, 2020
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 2 people
Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 35 mins
Total 45 mins



  1. Brew tea leaves or tea bags.
  2. Leave to cool in the fridge for 4 hours.
  3. To cook the tapioca pearls, put 2 cups of water in a pan. Add the balls in it.
  4. Mix the pearls and wait for them to rise to the top. Then cook for another 5 minutes. Bake for about 20-30 minutes until it reaches the desired softness level.
  5. Pour the pearls to a small bowl and let cool.
  6. Whisk the milk slowly.
  7. Divide the tapiocas evenly into the cold tea cups first, then add the milk.
  8. Add ice and serve with a straw.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Bubble Tea (Pearl Milk Tea)
Serves 2
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10 g12.8%
Protein 1.8 g3.6%
Cholesterol 5618.7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Tapioca balls can be chewed. But it can be especially dangerous for children.
  • Take care to consume this recipe the day you prepare it.
  • You can choose green or white tea instead of black tea.
  • You can use almond milk, coconut milk or whole milk.
  • Do not keep the rest of the tapioca balls you cooked. It will rapidly solidify and become sticky and difficult to chew.
  • Tapioca balls become hard and not easy to eat if they are cooked less or left in the fridge.
  • You can choose honey, syrup or brown sugar to sweeten the tea.
  • If you want to consume hot, not iced tea; you can use the tea after brewing.
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A popular Asian drink: Bubble Tea. This tea, a flavor that has made a name for itself in social media, especially in Instagram, has emerged in Taiwan.

It is a sweet, refreshing and delicious beverage. It is originally prepared with black tea, milk and tapioca balls. It has many types prepared with different flavors and teas. This drink can be consumed cold or hot.

This tea, also known as Boba Tea, is consumed especially cold; It can be prepared plain, with milk or with fruit.

This flavor, also known as Pearl Tea or Boba Tea, is very popular in the USA and Europe.Well, wouldn't you like to try this flavor? A different soft drink recipe that you can easily make at home: Try our easy-to-prepare and delicious Bubble Tea Recipe right away. Enjoy your meal.

What is Bubble Tea?

Bubble Tea is a tea that emerged in South Asia in the 1980s and has become very popular in recent years. Tea is a beverage prepared with milk and tapioca balls (Boba). Tapioca; It is a soft, chewy starch similar to gummy candy. Bubble Tea is also known as Bubble milk tea, Pearl tea, Tapioca tea or Boba tea.

It is a tea-based Taiwanese drink that can be prepared with plain, milky or fresh fruit flavors. It can be consumed hot or cold.

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Is Bubble Tea Healthy?

Original Bubble Tea; It consists of black tea, milk and tapioca balls. Depending on the amount of fruit pieces, various syrups or sugar added to sweeten, the calories of the tea may increase. This can lead to weight gain.

The balls in Boba Tea explode like candy pops in your mouth. If you don't like it; You can also use chia seeds.

Although chia seeds do not give the same flavor, you can prepare a healthier recipe by using chia and matcha tea.

In summary; Bubble tea can be a healthy choice with its high calcium content and gluten-free tapioca balls. However, depending on the amount of added sugar in the beverage, it may turn into a more harmful than beneficial one. Also, It should also be careful when consuming tapioca pearls that explode in the mouth.

What Kind of Tea Is Used In Bubble Tea?

Classic Bubble Tea is made with black tea, milk, and tapioca pearls. Since you will dilute the tea with milk, you can make Milk Bubble Tea with thicker tea to give better results.

Types of tea that can be used to Make Boba Tea:

Black Tea: Earl Grey is the most preferred tea.

Green Tea: Another popular tea is green tea. Green tea with jasmine is especially preferred.

Chai Tea: It is a combination of black tea and aromas such as cinnamon and ginger.

Oolong Tea: It combines the flavors of black tea and green tea. It provides a taste that is very compatible with milk.

White Tea: It is rarely used in Western countries.

What Kind of Milk Is Used In Bubble Tea?

When making Bubble Tea; Milk is used to give tea a creamy and richer, intense flavor.

You can prepare this delicious recipe with the milk of your choice according to your taste.

You can use Whole Milk, Semi-Skimmed Milk, Lactose-Free Milk. If you want to use a dairy-free product; You can also use soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk or cashew milk.

Is Bubble Tea Gluten Free and Vegan?

Bubble Tea does not contain gluten. Ingredients commonly used such as tapioca balls or jelly are vegan and gluten-free. To prepare Vegan Bubble Tea, you can avoid using milk or prefer plant-based milk.

Does Boba Tea Contain Caffeine?

Can I make a caffeine-free bubble tea? Since Pearl Tea is made with black or green tea, it contains caffeine. A tea prepared with milk and matcha, green tea or black tea; It may contain an average of 100-130 mg of caffeine.

Which Bubble Tea Has No Caffeine?

Teas made with herbal tea do not contain caffeine. In addition, the caffeine content of the varieties prepared with green tea or oolong tea is low. While there is 40-50 mg of caffeine in black tea; This amount is 20-30 mg in green tea and oolong tea. Fruit Bubble Tea or Matcha Tea are also low caffeine options.

What Are Bubble Tea Flavors?

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What are the Best Bubble Tea Flavors? Bubble Tea can be prepared with a variety of flavors or simply. It can be made with chocolate, strawberry, almond, lavender, mango, and coffee. Strawberry, mango, blueberry and pineapple are among the highly preferred varieties for fresh fruit lovers.

Plain unflavored teas with fruits give the best results. Coconut, caramel and chocolate go well with this drink.

Matcha Tea is the most preferred milk based Bubble Tea variety.

In addition, Popping Boba is used as well as Tapioca balls in making Boba Tea. Popping Boba is usually prepared with ingredients such as water, sugar and fruit juice. It is especially preferred in ice cream.

How to Make Dairy-Free Bubble Tea?

Yes. You can make this recipe plain or fruity. You can also prepare your non-dairy tea using non-dairy soy, coconut, or almond milk.

How to Make Fruit Bubble Tea at Home?

Fruity Bubble Tea Recipe is quite easy to prepare. You will need:

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen fruit
  • 2 glasses of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of honey (optional)
  • 1 glass of ice (5-6 pieces of ice)
  • ½ cup tapioca pearls

Cook the tapioca balls according to the product directions. Blend fresh or frozen fruit, milk, ice and honey in a blender. Continue this process until you get a smooth consistency. Pour the balls into the glass. Add the fruity mixture you have prepared on it. If you want, add ice and serve with a straw.

How to Make Matcha Bubble Tea at Home?

Here are the ingredients you need to prepare Matcha Bubble Tea at home:

  • 1 teaspoon of matcha green tea powder
  • 2 tablespoons of hot water
  • 2 cups of almond milk
  • ¼ cup (50 g) tapioca balls
  • ½ cup (120 g) ice cube
  • 2 tablespoons of honey (optional)

Combine matcha green tea powder with hot water in a bowl. Mix honey, almond milk and ice with a mixer. Pour the previously cooked tapioca into the glass and add the mixture. You can choose any milk instead of almond milk.

How Long Can Bubble Tea Be Stored?

How long can you keep bubble tea in the fridge?

The best method is to consume this tea during the day. The tea itself does not spoil, but the bubbles in it become stale and harden. It cannot be chewed. You can keep the plain tea for 1-2 days in the refrigerator. You should consume boba pearls within 3-6 hours after cooking.

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