The mountain snow and fog is back, the homeworks have been done, there is nowhere to go and nothing much to do. So naturally, I have spent some time in the kitchen and returned with another random recipe to whip up on days just like this.
On this particular day, I was craving a tea from my favorite boba tea place, but upon looking outside, it became clear very fast that that was not going to happen. So I made my own instead, and thought maybe you’d like to try it too!
Boba Milk Tea
Ingredients for tea:
- roughly 2 1/2 cups water
- three teaspoons of loose black tea (or two black tea bags)
- a bottle of honey*
- at least 1 1/2 cups of whole milk (you can add more if you prefer)
- 1 bag of black boba pearls
For boba syrup:
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp honey
- tsp water
*no you will not need a whole bottle of honey for the tea, but with the syrup and the sweetening of the water which I will go into later, I suggest having a small bottle just in case!
Pause for a second: let’s talk about boba.
You can purchase boba pearls pretty cheap at your local mega mart or international food store. (You can also make them when you have a lot of free time, but that’s another post.) They look like this:
Each bag has cooking instructions on the back, and I suggest you follow those because they tend to vary depending on what kind you get. What they don’t include is how to properly flavor them.
First of all, just like salting pasta water, I sweeten my boba water with honey in order for the flavor to soak in fully. (This is a controversial issue so don’t quote me on it. However, unlike some people, I don’t tend to like flavorless balls of starch floating around in my tea.) If you make your own pearls, you can put brown sugar in the dough and skip this step.
After cooking, I soak the pearls in a honey brown sugar syrup. To make the syrup, combine 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp brown sugar, and 1 tsp water in a small bowl and mix it thoroughly. That’s it! Just leave your pearls to soak until you are ready to use them.
Now. Back to the tea.
Put the water in a pot and bring to a boil. Then turn off the heat and add the tea. Cover the pot and steep for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes is up, strain the tea into a large bowl or pitcher (I use bowl just because it’s easier to mix it fully that way.) Then add milk and honey and stir. I suggest using two tbsp honey to start, and then sweetening it to your personal taste.
Refrigerate the tea for 1 hour or overnight.
Meanwhile, cook the boba pearls. (Read my previous lecture about boba to learn how to cook them the right way. *cough cough*)
When you are ready to assemble the drink, start by putting some boba syrup in the bottom of the glass, just enough to cover the bottom. Then put in your desired amount of pearls, and fill the rest of the glass with milk tea. You will NOT add ice because it dilutes the tea and RUINS the flavor! If you want it really cold, just chill the glass for a bit! It doesn’t take that long!
Of course, there are many ways to serve the tea. You can warm it up and serve it hot, you can make fruit jelly to add in with the pearls, you can use different flavors of tea. Experiment with it, have fun! You never know what will work until you try it, right?
So now you know how to make your own boba milk tea drinks from home! I hope you enjoy this recipe. If you try it out, comment below and tell me how it went! I appreciate feedback.