Always chewy boba for bubble tea

  • Cook Time : 35m
  • Ready In : 60m

Bubble tea for anyone not in the know, is a sweet drink usually made of tea but can be made of fruit smoothies and with the addition of tapioca pearls, hence the bubble or boba tea.

I usually don’t make smoothie bubble teas because it’s too filling. I just use green or black tea and even lemongrass pandan tea if I’m looking for something exotic.

Tapioca pearls come in all shapes, sizes and colours. For bubble tea, the largest pearls are used and this means that extra wide straws are needed to suck up the chewy goodness! I haven’t been able to source these wide straws locally yet but there’s always hope!

I’ve tried the instant type and the regular boba and there’s no difference in quality. The instant cost a bit more but takes about 1/4 of the times it takes to cook the regular type (see the two side by side in the first slide). It smells better as well when you open the package. The regular kind smells kinda funky and very artificial and I was very close to throwing the whole lot in the bin but thought that I might as well try it out.

I use green tea for my base, granulated sugar/brown sugar syrup, homemade almond milk and ice cubes of almond milk. Soy milk works just as well. All set for a refreshing drink! 😀


  • 1 part tapioca pearls (not instant)
  • 8 parts water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cups water


Step 1

Bring the water to a rolling boil (has been boiling for at least 2 minutes). This ensures that the temperature will remain as near to boiling when you add the tapioca pearls.

Step 2

Add the tapioca pearls. Stir gently to prevent clumping.

Step 3

Cook until the pearls starting floating up. At this point, reduce the heat to medium and cook for 30 minutes uncovered or until the pearls are translucent with no colour change in the middle of the pearls. You can also taste it to make sure that the pearls are cooked all the way through. Stir the pearls from time to time to prevent clumping. Remove from the heat and allow to stand at room temperature for 20 minutes.

Step 4

Rinse the pearls under cold running water and keep them in the sugar syrup. The pearls are best eaten

Step 5

Combine 2 cups of sugar and 3 cups of water in a pot. Bring to a boil and cook until the sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool. Will keep in the fridge for one month.

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