What I love most about tea gatherings are crossing paths and sharing tea tidbits with fellow steeped enthusiasts. At this year's World Tea Expo in Las Vegas, I serendipitously met Evan from Bubble Tea Supply (earlier that week I had been pondering how I might make the sweet steeped treat at home). While I love to skip over to the Chinatown section for a bowl of hand-drawn noodle soup and a bubble tea sip, there are days when I want to recreate it in the comfort of my kitchen. Thanks to Evan's knowledge, tips and generous package of bubble tea goodies, I was able to stay in my slippers and simmer on the stove.
We can wax on about our favorite flavors for hours, but first, let's talk bubbles, boba, pearls, whatever you call those shiny, chewy, tiny spheres gathering in the bottom on your plastic bubble tea cup. Fortunately, Evan shared the quick, at-home recipe that set my mind at ease (although tea shops use a different method). So time to get your bubbles boiling.
How to Cook Bubble Tea Tapicoca Pearls at Home:
- 1 cup Dried Bubble Tea Supply Tapioca Pearls
- 6-8 cups water
Approximately 6-10 servings for a bubble tea party, of course
- The ratio should be a minimum of 7:1, water to tapioca pearls.
- Boil water in a large pot.
- Add in the tapioca pearls to boiling water (they should float)
- Cover pot and boil tapioca pearls for 15 minutes.
- Turn the heat off and let tapioca pearls sit in the water for 15 minutes.
- Rinse the cooked tapioca pearls in warm water and drain.