How To Make Homemade Boba Tea
Growing up in Elk Grove, I have been incredibly blessed by constant exposure to different cultures. I live down the street from an Italian restaurant, next to a boba shop, and across from an Indian restaurant. After a family trip to Europe, I fell in love with cooking and found myself trying to make as many different foods possible. One day, I decided to make homemade boba and my world changed!
What Is Boba Tea?
Boba or Bubble Tea is a drink that originated from Tawain that mixes sweet tapioca balls with creamy milk tea to create a refreshing treat. The boba itself uses only three ingredients to form small chewy balls that add a touch of sweetness to the bitter tea. Today I decided to make my own and share my experience with you!
- 4 Tbsp. of water
- 1/4 cup & 9 tsp. of dark brown sugar (light is okay, but dark is the most authentic)
- 1 bag of tapioca starch
- Pour the water and 9 Tsp. of brown sugar into a pot over the stove at medium heat and mix until the sugar is dissolved
- Once dissolved, remove from the heat. Take a spoonful of tapioca and place into the pot with the sugar
- Stir quickly to get out all the lumps, then turn the heat back on and wait until the mixture is sticky and thick (Should take less than 1 minute)
- Once the product is thick, remove from heat and place sticky mixture into a bowl with 3/4 cup of tapioca starch
- Mix the two together until a dough is formed (if too thick or lumpy, it’s best to start over)
- Once you have the dough, spread some tapioca starch onto a clean surface. Start to knead your dough until it is no longer sticky
- Once you are done kneading, cut your dough in half. Take one half and cut 3 strips
- With each strip, roll with your hands to form a long “snake-like” resemblance
- With your snakes, cut the dough into small squares (the smaller the square, the smaller the boba)
- Roll each square with your hands to form balls
- Once you’re done, place all the balls into a medium pot of boiling water
- Stir until the boba floats, then leave the boba in the pot uncovered (still boiling) for 20 minutes
- After the 20 minutes, remove from the heat and cover for another 20 minutes
- Once done, strain the boba and place in a pan with 1/4 cup of warm brown sugar
- Mix and place into any beverage (tea is ideal)
- Happy Dining!