Growing up in Taiwan, bubble tea was pretty much a staple in my diet. It was my go-to after school snack (paired with a steaming hot piece of Taiwanese fried chicken… mmm). When I moved to Canada for university, I was disappointed to find out just how overpriced it was here. For every cup of bubble tea you buy in Canada, you can buy four in Taiwan! If you’re reluctant to fork out $5 like I am, then this homemade bubble tea recipe is for you.
Yields 2 cups
- 1/2 cup dried tapioca pearls
- 2-3 black tea bags of your choice
- 1 glass milk
- syrup (corn syrup, maple syrup, or whatever syrup you prefer!)
- Cook tapioca pearls according to the package.
- Transfer pearls to a bowl of cold water and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Drain the pearls and coat/toss in syrup. I used a combination of corn syrup and maple syrup, but feel free to use whatever type of syrup you prefer!
- Brew a cup of strong black tea with 1 glass of water (the glass you will be drinking your bubble tea out of), and turn the heat down to medium low. Pour in a glass of milk and heat until the milk tea starts simmering. Add in syrup to your desired sweetness and stir. I like mine just mildly sweet, so I added around 1.5 tablespoons of maple syrup.
- Time to assemble! Scoop pearls into a mug, and pour milk tea over. If you want your bubble tea iced, shake tea with ice before pouring over pearls.
Ta-da! Who needs bubble tea stores when you now have your very own homemade bubble tea?! 🙂