Bubble Tea is a curious drink from Taiwan that is tea, fruit juice, and tapioca balls. You can change the flavours all you want but it’ll still have odd tapioca balls at the bottom of it! You don’t really get it much around these parts but when I was in New York I had a strawberry one which was quite tasty. Recently I discovered sushi at a new Wasabi near us, they also have mochi, green tea, and bubble tea. It’s my new fave!
Still I fancied making my own (especially before Wasabi opened) and opted for a simple green tea one- mainly because I couldn’t be bothered to go and buy some fruit!
- Two green tea teabags (I had one green tea and one oolong)
- 2tbsp honey
- 200ml coconut milk
- 250ml boiling water
- 1.5 litres cold water
- 75g tapioca balls (I believe mine were the instant kind, the packet said ‘ready in 5mins’
Put the teabags in the boiling water for 5mins, then remove the bags and add the honey. Place in the fridge to chill the tea.
Boil the cold water (in a big saucepan!) then add the tapioca. You’ll see the tapioca plump in size, simmer them for another 5-10mins until soft.
Add the milk to the tea and mix in the tapioca balls and serve in a glass. You’ll get two little glasses from these quantities. It’s a good idea to get some wide straw so you can drink up the tapioca too!
It tastes good but I would say the green tea flavour is not very strong and it’s mainly the coconut milk that comes through. Like I said there are many variations; you can add blended fruit, fruit juice, different flavour tea etc. I have plenty of tapioca left!