• Grace Marshall

Homemade Bubble Tea!

About two weeks ago, a Buzzfeed video about someone making homemade bubble tea at home showed up in my recommended video list. I love bubble tea, and have been craving it ever since this quarantine started, so I decided to watch the video. It looked really easy, but there was only one problem: I didn’t have the one ingredient needed to make it; tapioca starch. I figured that this would be very hard to find at grocery stores, especially at this time, but my mom found it pretty easily! Here is my attempt at making bubble tea, three ways!

I used two recipes! The first is how to make the bubbles and the second is how to make the syrup. They will also be linked down below!


Ingredients

1. Tapioca starch or flour

I used “Bob’s Red Mill Tapioca 

Flour”  and it worked pretty well

2. Water 

2. Brown sugar

4. Different kinds of tea

5. Milk 


The Bubbles 

1. Mix together 6tbs of flour and 2tbs of boiling water

This created a really weird texture of dough that looked like it was melting, but was actually solid. I attempted to add more water or more flour to get it into a smooth dough, but I wasn’t really able to achieve it. I kind of settled for dough that was pretty solid but would crumble if too much pressure was applied. 


2. Split the dough into two and roll them out. Take sections from each rolled out piece of dough and shape into small balls

I used my fingers to shape them into small balls because the dough wouldn’t roll and then put them in a separate bowl. 


3. Cook in boiling water for around 15 minutes

I only did 12 minutes, but I would cook them for a little longer next time because they are a little hard in the center.


4. Strain and place bubbles in a bowl ice water to cool 



The Syrup

The bubbles were pretty tasteless, so I decided to follow a brown sugar syrup recipe from the original Buzzfeed video 

1. Mix 1tbs of water and 2tbs of brown sugar on low heat for two minutes

These were not the same amounts as in the original recipe, but I didn’t have that many bubbles so I adjusted a little.


2. Add bubbles to the pan and stir for one minute. 


3. Strain the bubbles and put them in a separate bowl to cool


The Tea: 3 Ways 

I didn’t follow any recipe for these, and I just made them up with ingredients I already had in my house!

Green Tea

1. Steep two jasmine green tea bags in 8oz of water, and then put it in the fridge to cool for around 30min-1hr 

2. If you want milk tea, add around 3-4oz of milk of your choice (I use oat milk, the superior milk)

3. Add in 1tsp of simple syrup, honey, or any other sweetener 

4. Add in a third of the finished bubbles


Earl Grey Black Milk Tea

1. Steep two earl grey tea bags in 5oz of water, then chill in fridge until cool 

2. Add 4-5oz of milk, 1tsp of vanilla syrup, and some ice

3. Add in a third of the finished bubbles


Chai Milk Tea

1. Steep two chai tea bags in 5oz of water, then chill in fridge until cool 

2. Add 4-5oz of milk, a pinch of ground cardamom, 1tsp of vanilla syrup, and some ice

3. Add in the remaining third of the finished bubbles 



The Results

7/10

Overall, this was pretty good for my first try. The recipe made enough bubbles for about 2-3 servings, which is perfect. It took me about an hour, without factoring in the time it took for the tea to cool, but I think it will be faster once I do it a couple more times. The only thing is that the bubbles aren’t super sweet, which is fine with me, but if you like them sweet, then I would just mix in more brown sugar syrup. I would also cook the bubbles for a couple more minutes to make them a little chewier. Each tea turned out really well; my favorite is the green tea, which is expected because that is my favorite bubble tea to buy! So, while I definitely prefer to buy bubble tea from Kung Fu Tea, this still tastes really good, and I will definitely make it again!


LINKS TO RECIPES USED:

THE BUBBLES: How to make Bubble Tea

THE SYRUP: I Made Homemade Brown Sugar Boba Milk From Scratch



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