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Make bubble tea Taiwanese style

Updated: 24 Sep 2009
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Learn how to make bubble tea with these easy instructions. This sweet, frosty drink that is popular in Asia. The bubbles in bubble tea are actually balls of tapioca that have been cooked, cooled and added to the tea, milk and ice mixture. It is also called pearl tea and boba tea.
Bubble tea was first created in Taiwan in the mid 1980s. It was served by a little tea stand, but now is available on every Taiwanese corner. You can use black or white tapioca balls when making your tea, depending on which color you find most appealing.
Feel free to vary the type of tea used, experimenting with everything from oolong tea, green tea, Thai tea, roobos tea and yerba mate. You can also add flavorings such as vanilla or fruit, as long as you serve the drink sweet, cool and frosty with the wonderfully chewy bubbles of tapioca inside. Feel free to alter the basic bubble tea recipe to suit your taste.
How to Make Bubble Tea


¼ cup large tapioca balls
2 cups water for boiling tapioca
Tea leaves – enough for two cups strong tea (if using loose tea, prepare in a tea ball)
10 ounces water for strong tea
4 ounces whole, skim or soy milk, depending on the richness preferred
Crushed ice
Simple sugar syrup (sugar and water)
For the simple syrup, mix two parts sugar to one part water in a pot and bring to a boil. Use simple syrup to sweeten tea.
First, you will want to make a pot of tea. Fill a kettle with water, bring it to a boil and pour it over tea bags. Make sure you use twice as much tea as you would use for a normal cup of tea by doubling the recommended amount on the tea package. Let it steep, covered, for five minutes. Remove the tea bags. Stir in sugar syrup to taste. Place the tea in the refrigerator, allowing it to chill for at least one hour.
Fill a pot half way with water and bring it to a boil. Add tapioca to the boiling water and stir occasionally. Reduce heat to a simmer and allow tapioca to cook (covered) for approximately 25 to 30 minutes. Remove pot of tapioca from heat and let sit, covered, for another half hour.  Rinse tapioca under warm water. These are the bubble tea pearls.
In a cocktail shaker, mix five ounces of cooled tea, two ounces milk and three ounces crushed ice and shake until well mixed. Place half of the cooked tapioca balls in the bottom of a tall clear glass and top with tea mixture from the cocktail glass. Serve this delicious concoction with a large straw so you can suck up the “bubbles” as you drink.  This recipe should make two glasses of bubble tea.
Some people like to add vanilla extract or coconut milk instead of regular milk.  Others like to add a shot of hazelnut flavoring or a dash of almond extract.
SOURCE: Life123


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