Continuing with the love affair – this scrap has a few delicious recipes to make Bubble Tea, a sweet and refreshing beverage that is growing popular in the West.
Bubble tea, also known as pearl milk tea or boba, is a Taiwanese tea-based drink invented in Taichung during the 1980s. Typically, there are two distinctive types of fruit and milk flavoured teas but many recipes have since been modernised as its popularity has soared. Its origin remains relatively unknown, but it is said the colourful creation was first found at Chun Shui Tang teahouse in Taichung, when Ms. Lin Hsiu Hui (the product development manager) poured sweetened balls into the tea during a meeting in 1988 – the rest is history. The oldest known Bubble Tea was a mixture of hot Taiwanese black tea, small tapioca pearls and condensed milk or honey but since then many variations have been made with the majority of teas now being served ice cold.
The iconic Tapioca pearls are a starch extracted from Manioc, a plant native to Brazil but found throughout most of the West Indies and the continents of Africa and Asia, including the Philippines and Taiwan. The Pearls or Boba are made by passing the moist starch through a sieve under pressure and is a common ingredient in Asian desserts such as falooda, kolak, tapioca pudding. They are available in a range of colours and have a chewy texture making for a real sweet treat.
You can find Tapioca pearls in most Asian food stores these days but if you are out of luck, simply order online to get started on creating this quick and tantalising drink. Here are a few recipes to get you hooked (and believe me if you haven’t tried it – you are missing out!)
Ms. Lin’s Milk Tea
- Packet of Boba
- Black Tea
- Condensed Milk
- Wide/large straws (optional – a spoon will do)
Preparing the Boba ….
- Measure 7 cups of water for every cup of boba and bring water to a boil in a saucepan.
- Add Pearls to the boiling water and stir constantly making sure they don’t stick to the bottom.
- When the pearls float to the top, cover the saucepan / pot and keep the water boiling for 30mins. Stir every 10mins.
- Remove pearls from the heat and let them sit still covered for 30mins.
- Rinse Pearls into a colander with cold water.
It’s Tea Time …
- Depending on desired strength, brew 1-3 Black Tea bags into a heatproof pitcher and leave to cool.
- Place pitcher into the fridge to chill.
- In a tall glass, add pearls.
- Add half a cup of condensed milk
- Add chilled tea and stir
- Top it of with ice and stir once again
- Serve beverage with a straw or a spoon and enjoy!
To make a Fruit Tea – simply follow the same instructions but instead of condensed milk add fruit juice or syrup. Experiment with flavours such as honey and why not try using Green Tea? The possibilities are endless.