Recipe | Homemade Bubble Tea

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.

bubble tea boba recipe

bubble tea boba recipe


bubble tea boba recipe

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!)


  1. Cook tapioca pearls according to the package.
    bubble tea boba recipe
  2. Transfer pearls to a bowl of cold water and let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. 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!
    bubble tea boba recipe
  4. 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.
    bubble tea boba recipe
  5. 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. bubble tea boba recipe
    Ta-da! Who needs bubble tea stores when you now have your very own homemade bubble tea?! 🙂

bubble tea boba recipe

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14 Comment

  1. That looks delicious! Assembling is definitely the best part 🙂

    1. Thanks! Hehe yess!! 😀

  2. Claire Talks Beauty says: Reply

    this looks so yummy ! love it !

    1. Thank you!! 🙂

  3. I absolutely love bubble tea! Thank you for this post! x

    1. Thank you!! 🙂

  4. Jasmin N says: Reply

    That looks so delicious! I’ve never tried bubble tea before but this seems like a worth to try out haha 🙂

    1. Thank you! You def should try it, it’s really easy! 🙂

  5. Well this is a great idea to have some home made BBT at a better price than at the shops too!

    1. Right?? Sooo much cheaper than buying out! 🙂

  6. Bubble tea, still haven’t tried that out. But it’s on my planning!

    1. You definitely should! It’s super yummy! 🙂

  7. I love bubble tea!!!!! I can’t thank you enough for the recipe!!!! It is pricey here too! If you have more bubble tea recipes, I’d love to read about them! Again, thank you so much! Koko:)

    1. Aww you’re welcome! You got to try it out some time! 🙂

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