already spent a fortune buying bubble milk tea everyday at your favorite shop?
You can enjoy your favorite drink even more if you make your own at home. It’s
not that complicated, plus you can even choose the brand of the ingredients and
make some adjustments of your own.
we break down the recipe, remember that traditional bubble tea consists of
sweetened tea, milk, and tapioca balls. It can come in different flavors, but
the most common are chocolate and black tea in most stores in Singapore.
Choosing the Ingredients
teas for this homemade recipe are chai tea, black tea, and jasmine tea. Just
pick from any of the three for a more flavorful drink. But why should you use
strong teas? By adding more ingredients, it is possible that the tea will lose
its natural flavor, so you would want to make sure it doesn’t lose that. Just
steep the tea according to instructions on the package and refrigerate if you
want to make it ahead.
pearls on the other hand are easy to find in the markets, but make sure to look
for pearls that have good texture and can be cooked within a few minutes. Do
not make the pearls ahead when making bubble tea. It should be cooked right
before serving the bubble milk tea.
Any type of
sweetener will work, but the best bubble milk tea uses honey or any sweetener
in syrup form (no need to use honey if you’re allergic to it). Granulated sugar
will also work because it dissolves easily. The usual ratio for the tea and
sweetener is 2 tablespoons of honey or sugar for every 2 cups of tea. As a last
option, you can also make a simple syrup by heating 1 cup of water and
dissolving 1 cup of sugar in it.
As for the
milk, you should use whole milk for a more flavorful drink. Some stores use
heavy cream, but you can compromise by using half of the milk and half of the
heavy cream. Soy milk and other varieties of milk are also fine.
Making Milk Bubble Tea
recipe, we will use black tea and simple syrup.
- 8 bags of black tea
- ¾ cup tapioca pearls
- 4 cups hot water
- Whole milk
- Simple syrup
the tea, use the 4 cups of hot water and let sit in room temperature. Make sure
the water you used has just been boiled. You can make this ahead by keeping the
tea in the refrigerator to cool it. No need to remove the tea bags.
prepare the simple syrup using the directions written in the previous section.
To prepare the pearls, boil 4 cups of water in a pan then add the tapioca pearls. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes or until the pearls have floated to the surface. Drain then rinse in cold water.
To serve, divide the pearls into glasses then add ice cubes. Pour 1 cup of teach each into each glass then add 1 ½ tablespoons milk and 1 ½ tablespoons simply syrup. Stir and add more milk or sweetener.