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The Perfect Homemade Bubble Tea: A Trip Down Memory Lane

The Perfect Homemade Bubble Tea: A Trip Down Memory Lane

Hello, dear readers! Today, we're embarking on an exciting journey to the bustling night markets of Taiwan, without leaving our kitchens. If you're already a fan of bubble tea or if you're a curious newbie, you'll love this delicious, homemade version of the iconic Taiwanese drink. Also known as Boba or Pearl Milk Tea, this beverage has taken the world by storm, and for good reason!

The history of bubble tea begins in Taiwan during the 1980s. It's said to have been invented by Liu Han-Chieh of Chun Shui Tang tea shop in Taichung, Taiwan. The unique blend of tea, milk, sweeteners, and tapioca pearls created a worldwide sensation, thanks to its delightful mix of textures and tastes. The "bubbles" or "boba" refer to the tapioca pearls at the bottom of the drink and the frothy bubbles at the top created by shaking the tea.

Now, let's dive into the fun of making your own bubble tea at home!


For the Tea:

  • 2 tablespoons of your favourite Sip Steeple tea
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 2 cups of cold water

For the Tapioca Pearls:

  • 1 cup of tapioca pearls (black, if you want the traditional look)
  • 6 cups of water

For the Sugar Syrup:

  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of water

For the Final Touch:

  • 1 cup of milk (dairy or non-dairy alternatives like almond, soy, or oat milk)
  • Ice cubes

Equipment Needed:

  • A medium-sized pot for boiling the tea and making the sugar syrup
  • A large pot for cooking the tapioca pearls
  • A cocktail shaker or a jar with a lid
  • A bubble tea straw (wider than your average straw)


Brewing the Tea:

  1. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil in a medium-sized pot. Once boiling, remove from heat.
  2. Add your Sip Steeple tea to the pot and steep for 5-10 minutes, depending on how strong you prefer your tea.
  3. Strain the tea leaves and add the 2 cups of cold water to the pot. Set aside to cool.

Preparing the Tapioca Pearls:

  1. In the large pot, bring 6 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Add the tapioca pearls to the boiling water. Stir gently until they begin floating to the top.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and cook the pearls for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat, cover the pot, and let the pearls sit for another 15 minutes.
  5. Drain the pearls and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process.

Making the Sugar Syrup:

  1. In the medium pot, combine 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally until the sugar completely dissolves.
  3. Once the sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and allow to cool.

Assembling the Bubble Tea:

  1. In your cocktail shaker or jar, combine the cooled tea, 2 tablespoons of sugar syrup, 1/4 cup of milk, and a handful of ice cubes. Shake well until the mixture is frothy.
  2. Add a generous scoop of cooked tapioca pearls to 

    your chosen glass. Pour the shaken tea mixture over the pearls.

Serving the Bubble Tea:

  1. Serve with a bubble tea straw. Enjoy your homemade Bubble Tea immediately for the best taste and texture experience!

This recipe is very versatile, and you can modify it according to your preferences. If you like your bubble tea sweeter, feel free to add more sugar syrup. If you prefer your drink creamier, add more milk. You can also experiment with different types of tea, like green tea or oolong, and add flavourings like vanilla, almond, or fruity syrups for a fun twist!

The joy of homemade Bubble Tea doesn't stop at the taste. It's about recreating an international sensation in your kitchen, about experiencing the process of making something from scratch, and most importantly, it's about sharing your creation with loved ones. This Bubble Tea recipe is bound to bring a smile to anyone who tries it!

The unique blend of cultural history, culinary adventure, and the satisfying textures of Bubble Tea makes this beverage not just a drink, but an experience. So next time you're craving something refreshing, remember - you don't need a plane ticket to Taiwan to taste the authentic Bubble Tea. All you need are simple ingredients, a little bit of time, and a dash of love.

Happy brewing, dear tea enthusiasts! I hope this recipe brings you as much joy in making it as it does in drinking it. Stay tuned for more exciting recipes from around the globe!

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