Thai bubble tea is a fun and sweet drink that’s easy to make at home. You don’t need to go out to a boba tea shop to get this delicious drink.
Making homemade thai bubble tea or Boba thai tea is fantastic because you can adjust the sweetness level to you liking. And best of all, it won’t cost a fortune! You can make gallons of this if you want and won’t break the bank. Boba is a traditional Taiwanese based drink with chewy black balls at the bottom of the drink. These black balls are made of tapioca, which gives the chewey consistency. As you drink boba tea, you’re chewing the tapioca balls at the same time, which makes for a very filling drink. There’s lots of possibilities for boba and so many different varieties, the options can be endless. You can add it to team, milk tea, smoothies, slashes or even iced coffee! That’s why we wanted to make this Thai bubble tea or Boba Thai tea from our popular Thai iced tea recipe. The combination of the two makes for a fun and delicious drink. So if you love thai iced tea, our thai bubble recipe is just like the one you would drink at most Thai Restaurants. Our thai tea recipe is that good! Add some boba pearls to the drink and voila! You have a sweet, refreshing and filling drink to add to your meal when you’re eating pad thai or any type of meal! Enjoy this refreshing and fun thai bubble tea recipe!
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Speaking of Tea – Here’s are recap of our Favorite Thai Teas and Boba Finds:
From Thai tea mixes to boba – here’s some of the favorites:
This is the mix we commonly find in Asian store around us. Just like the restaurants.
Another mix which many of our readers have suggested. Number One!
Go traditional with this Thai Tea Filter. Get a second one for coffee too!
These are the boba pearls we find in our local Asian grocery store. They don’t ship great, so sometimes there will be some broken up pearls, but the texture when cooked properly is great.
Great reviews, cooks quicker, and they even have different color options. This one is top on our list of boba to try.
Another mix we found from an Asian grocer. They even have instructions for making it in a coffee maker.
The finished and brewed Thai tea mix keeps well in the fridge. Brew the tea, strain, and then chill, storing in the fridge until you are ready to serve. This can be done several days ahead of time. The brewed thai tea lasts about 10 days in the fridge (without the half and half).
The boba needs to be used fairly soon after cooking. You can keep them in warm water for a few hours to keep from hardening up as quickly, but they are best if eaten soon after cooking.
- 1/2 cup dry tapioca pearls
- 1/2 cup milk , half & half, or other creamer (some folks also use coconut milk, heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk) *approximately
- Bring water to boil and add the Thai tea mix and sugar. Stir to completely dissolve sugar. Gently boil tea for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Allow tea to steep for at least 30 minutes and allow it to cool. The more concentrated the tea flavor, the better the Thai tea tastes.
- Strain the Thai tea and aside to cool (we prefer to strain through several layers of cheesecloth the remove any sediment). You can make this ahead of time and have the Thai tea chilling in the fridge. Completely chill before serving.
- Cook tapioca pearls according to package instructions. *see Note 1 below for instructions on cooking the boba we bought.
- Divide the warm tapioca pearls into 2-(16 oz) glasses. Pour the cold tea into the two glasses.
- Pour about 1/4 cup milk (or preferred creamer) into each of the glasses. Stir with a straw and enjoy
Note 1: Cooking Tapioca Pearls (this is roughly how our tapioca pearls instructed how to cook- manufacturers will vary on how their product is meant to be cooked):
For 1/2 cup of uncooked pearls, bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Add pearls and cook for 20 minutes on a low boil. Turn off heat, cover the pan and soak for 25 minutes in the hot water. (During last 25 min soak time, adding a sweetener like brown sugar or honey will infuse the boba pearls with a rich flavor.)
Strain and rinse. Keep in warm water until ready to serve (use within a few hours of cooking).