I have a serious weakness for bubble tea. Most who know me well are familiar with my obsession, and have watched me pay obscene amounts of money for a small glass of the stuff, devouring it in mere minutes.
I blame Taiwan. My obsession wouldn’t be nearly what it is today if not for that little island. I spent a semester abroad in Taipei in college, and before I went, bubble tea was a random curiosity, a passing purchase that left me intrigued, but not necessarily desiring more. And then I went to Taiwan—where there are beverage stands every ¼ mile selling the most amazing bubble tea flavors for under a dollar American. I may or may not have gotten addicted…
So finding a consistent source of bubble tea has been a must for me now that I’m back in the states. There’s a wonderful Asian market in Boston that has a Lollicup stand, but I don’t frequent it very often since it’s kind of far from where we live. Thus, I’ve been making it at home. But, alas, it never quite tastes the same.
Lucky for me, I was contacted a short while ago by a US based tea company-Jade Monk Tea-who asked me if I’d like to sample some of their products. Jade Monk makes its own matcha (finely ground green tea) blends infused with natural flavors (like chai spice, peach, and blood orange cranberry) and sweeteners, so all you have to do is add water or milk, and bam, instant, delicious green tea that’s full of antioxidants, and other nutrients.
For the bubble tea depicted here, I used the lime blossom variety. You can really taste the lime, and it pairs nicely with the natural earthiness of the matcha. Now, before you scroll down to see how you can make bubble tea at home, I have some important news. Jade Monk is also allowing me to give away two of their matcha variety packs to Bashful Bao readers!
All you have to do to be entered is to leave a comment below telling me your favorite way to enjoy tea. You can increase your chances of winning by subscribing to Bashful Bao via RSS or email, following Bashful Bao on Twitter or Instagram, or liking Bashful Bao on Facebook. Just leave another comment here telling me you’ve done so. This giveaway is only open to US residents, sorry international friends! I still appreciate your being here! I will be announcing the winners on Friday, and as an added bonus, you all will also be able to enjoy a week of recipes dedicated to one of my all-time favorite ingredients–matcha.
Ok, now on to today’s recipe. The hardest part about making bubble tea is cooking the tapioca pearls. I got mine at my local Asian market. Once they’re done, you soak them in a simple syrup to sweeten them up a bit, then pop them in your tea, and you’re all set! Thanks again to Jade Monk Tea for making this giveaway possible, and for helping me pursue my bubble tea passion 🙂
This giveaway is now closed–thanks to everyone who participated!
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- ¼ cup large tapioca pearls (also known as boba)
- 2 ½ cups water, divided use
- ½ cup sugar
- 8 oz milk (I used 1%)
- 1 packet lime blossom Jade Monk Tea
- First, cook your boba. Pour 2 cups of the water into a small saucepan and bring it to a boil. Once it’s boiling add your tapioca pearls and reduce the heat to medium, stirring until the pearls float to the top of the water. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 mins. Remove from heat and cover, letting the pearls rest for another 15 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare a simple syrup. In a glass measuring cup, heat the other ½ cup of water in the microwave just boiling. (This was about 45 seconds for me.) Remove from microwave and add sugar, stirring to combine. Let this mixture cool as the pearls rest.
- After 15 mins, drain the pearls and add them to the simple syrup, stirring to make sure they’re evenly coated. Let them sit for about 10 mins. I like to cook the boba the night before and let it sit in the simple syrup. You can store your pearls that way for up to two days.
- Once your pearls have sat for at least 10 mins, make your tea. In your favorite bubble tea glass, combine your milk and tea packet(s) and stir until well combined. Strain your pearls and add them to your tea. Make sure you have a wide straw (I grab a couple extras every time I go to a bubble tea stand), and enjoy!!