Excerpted from: www.chaboba.com
Bubble tea was invented in Taiwan, a country that is famous for its delicious food and drink. Bubble tea is a tea based drink, which has tapioca pearls at the bottom of the cup. The tapioca pearls give the drink a bubbly appearance hence the name bubble tea. The tapioca pearls are also often called ‘boba’ and are bouncy and chewy. Bubble tea is normally consumed using a big fat straw. Bubble tea drinkers can chew the bobas and drink at the same time. Everyone’s first bubble tea is always a memorable drinking experience! We have a bubble tea to suit everyone, don’t be a bubble tea virgin and try one today!
Bubble tea is very popular in Asia, North America, Canada and Australia
1/2 cup chilled, cooked large tapioca pearls (if substituting smaller tapioca, use 1/3 cup)*
1 cup crushed ice
1 cup very strong chilled black tea (or orange pekoe tea or Lichee tea)
1 cup milk or to taste
Honey or granulated sugar to taste
* See How To Cook Tapioca Pearls below.
Preparation: Place the pearls in a large parfait glass. Combine all remaining ingredients in a cocktail shaker, and shake vigorously until the mixture is frothy.
Pour into the glass, and serve with extra-thick straws.
Yields one (16-ounce) drink.
How To Cook Tapioca Pearls:
6 to 8 cups water (the ration is a minimum 7:1 water to tapioca pearls)
1 cup tapioca pearls
Preparation: In a large pot (Make sure the pot is big enough so boiling tapioca water will not spill over) over high heat, add water and bring to a boil.
Slowly stir in the tapioca pearls so that they do not stick together (after 1 minute, the tapioca pearls should float). Reduce heat to medium and let boil, covered, for approximately 15 minutes; turn the heat off and let the tapioca pearls site, covered, for an additional 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove from heat, rinse the tapioca pearls in cold water, and drain.
NOTE: The cooking time above is a general guideline. If you shorten the cooking time, you will get chewier tapioca balls. Cook longer and you will get less elastic tapioca balls.
Add the cooked tapioca pearl to your favorite Bubble Tea recipe.
Recipe reposted from: Whatscookingamerica.com