Since we’re making everything else from scratch anyway, why not?
While bubble tea shops have not ceased operations during the movement control order (MCO) in Malaysia, it’ll be a fun project to try out since we’re cooking and baking more than ever. You’ve made your own bread, baked cakes from a baking kit, and even tried your hand at a fine dining meal with these ready-to-cook kits.
Today, treat yourself to some homemade bubble tea.
Here, we’re offering you a recipe for how to make your own bubble tea, including pearls (although, heads up: you can still order them via food delivery services). Happy sipping!
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DIY Bubble Tea Recipe
Time: About two hours
Makes five to seven cups
For the tea
10 bags or 5 scoops tea of choice (matcha, oolong, hojicha, Thai Milk Tea or Lipton)
Hot water to the strength you prefer
Whole milk for serving
Sugar syrup, if needed
For the pearls
2 cup tapioca flour or starch
120g packed dark brown sugar
For the sugar syrup
270g of brown sugar
- Place brown sugar in the water in a saucepan and simmer over a gentle heat to dissolve the sugar. Add 1 cup of tapioca starch into the mixture, then stir quickly. Remove from heat after five seconds.
- Add the remaining starch and mix until it is incorporated and shaggy.
- Dust flour on a flat surface. Tip out the mixture in the bowl and knead until it is smooth and even. You want the dough to still be warm.
- Cut the dough into two rounds. Roll each to create small and thin sticks, roughly at a diametre that can move through your straw (we’re assuming you have bubble tea straws at home here).
- Roll the balls in your palms to create small pearls. Set aside in a dish lightly dusted with some starch so they do not stick.
- In a saucepan, heat the brown sugar and water meant for the sugar syrup till it forms large bubbles. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Now, it is time to cook your pearls. Measure out water six times the volume of pearls you have made and bring it to a boil. Turn the heat to medium.
- Scoop in the pearls and simmer for up to 30 minutes. Check at the 20-minute mark to see if they’re the consistency you like.
- When ready, drain, then wash the pearls in cold water. Take the cooked pearls and add 4 tbsp of the brown sugar you have prepared and mix.
- Now, it’s time to make the tea. Make to the instructions on the packet of your tea of choice. Set aside.
- Take a tall glass and add a scoop of pearls. Fill with ice. Add hot tea to a third of the cup, and top it up with milk. Stir and enjoy.
This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.