Creamy Classic Milk Tea with Chewy Tapioca Pearls


Bubble Tea

10 Tips for Cooking

  1. Use fresh tapioca pearls for the best texture; they should be soft yet chewy.
  2. Brew the tea to your preferred strength; strong tea balances the sweetness.
  3. Adjust the sugar level to your taste, remembering that the tapioca pearls also add sweetness.
  4. Rinse cooked tapioca pearls in cold water to stop the cooking process and remove excess starch.
  5. Serve immediately after preparing to enjoy the best texture of tapioca pearls.
  6. Experiment with different types of tea (black, green, oolong) to find your favorite flavor.
  7. For a vegan version, use plant-based milk alternatives like almond, soy, or oat milk.
  8. If tapioca pearls are hard to find, consider making them from scratch or using alternative "boba" like fruit jellies.
  9. Ensure the tea is cooled before adding ice to prevent dilution.
  10. For an extra creamy texture, try using condensed milk or a mixture of milk and cream.

Serve it with Suggestions

  • Pair with light snacks like pastries or sandwiches for a refreshing afternoon treat.
  • Enjoy alongside Asian-inspired dishes for a culturally rich dining experience.
  • Serve as a dessert beverage after a meal for a sweet finish.


Q: Can I make bubble tea with different types of tea?
Yes, feel free to use green, oolong, or jasmine tea for different flavors.

Q: How can I store leftover tapioca pearls?
Cooked tapioca pearls are best enjoyed fresh but can be stored in a simple syrup in the fridge for a few hours.

Q: Can I make bubble tea without sugar?
Absolutely, adjust the sweetness to your liking or use alternative sweeteners.

Q: Is bubble tea gluten-free?
Yes, tapioca pearls are gluten-free, but always check the labels of other ingredients to be sure.

Q: Can I add flavors to my bubble tea?
Definitely! Experiment with syrups, fruit juices, or flavored powders to customize your drink.

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