Saturday, August 14, 2010

Bubble Tea

It took me a while to perfect Bubble Tea at home. But I finally did it! Here’s what you need to do to have Bubble Tea any time you want. Our favorite flavors at home are orange, cocopandan and honeydew.

The first few steps will need to be done a few days in advance…

You will need to buy “bubbles” at a local Asian market. They are giant tapioca pearls and are sometimes called boba. You will also need giant straws so you can suck up the boba while you drink. These are also found at the Asian market, usually in the same place as the boba.

Step 1- Make strong black iced tea. I just put a few tea bags in a pitcher, cover them with cold water and put them in the fridge until it is done.

bubble tea 01 bubble tea 02bubble tea 03Step 2- Make tea ice cubes. Pour your tea into ice cube trays and freeze. You can store the extra cubes in a freezer bag in the freezer for later.

bubble tea 04bubble tea 05Now that your cubes are all frozen, it’s time to make Bubble Tea.

Step 3- Cook your boba. You must use them immediately, so don’t make more than you’ll need. You want about 20 – 25 for each drink.

Boil a bit of water in a small saucepan. Dump the boba into the boiling water. Return to boil. Stir softly. Reduce heat to medium and boil covered for 5 minutes.

bubble tea 06Then drain the boba in a colander or strainer and rinse well with cold water so they are no longer hot.

bubble tea 09Step 4- The next amounts will make 2 Bubble Teas.

Place about 10 ice cubes in a blender pitcher. Pour in about 1 1/2 cups cold milk. Add flavored syrup (like Torani) to taste.

bubble tea 07bubble tea 08   Step 5- Blend until smooth.

bubble tea 10Step 6- Divide the boba between your glasses.

bubble tea 11Step 7- Pour tea smoothie over boba and serve with straw.

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