Saturday, June 22, 2013

Crazy for Boba: Homemade Pearl Milk Tea

my own blend of milk tea with boba pearls

I am crazy for pearl milk tea because of the boba a.k.a. tapioca pearls. Soft, chewy and sweet black pearls that I cannot get enough of which I sometimes just order as is (no tea) and take it home for dessert. So crazy over it that I finally had to order a pack from milk tea suppliers (try sulit or ebay 1 pack 3kg minimum for about Php350-400 + shipping fee).

I usually get my fix of milk tea and boba at the usual tea places but did you know that they use powdered cream/milk (not fresh), lots of articial ingredients and sweeteners, and some even use powdered/instant tea instead of brewing real tea leaves?

So making your own pearl milk tea is a better idea because:

2. You're sure it's FRESH
2. You can CONTROL the serving

Go easy on the boba though! It is highly caloric and a previous study found traces of carcinogens in certain batches of boba pearls coming from Taiwan. If I could make my own boba I would but for now I haven't tried it... yet.

Easy as 1-2-3...

1. Cook the boba according to manufacturer's instruction. It's similar to cooking rice, you just boil it in water for 15mins or so depending on how much boba you are making or how chewy you want it. Rinse the boba and store in a container with sugar syrup (some muscovado and honey mixed with a little water).

2. Brew your own tea. Concentrate the mixture. If a teabag makes for 2 cups, use a teabag for 1 cup. Place in a container and chill in the fridge.

3. Serve it with a spot of fresh milk then add some boba and it's syrup. I use a ratio of 3/4 tea and 1/4 milk. If the syrup is not enough to sweeten your drink, drizzle some honey.

Another great idea would be to make a milk tea gelatin with boba topping!

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