Firstly, let me just start off by saying this will likely be one of the only non-baking related posts you’ll see on Made With Pink, but I just couldn’t resist posting about this! Why? Well, for the past 3 years I’ve been going through withdrawal – Bubble Tea withdrawal! Bubble Tea you ask? Yes, Bubble Tea! I’m obsessed with it! And what exactly is Bubble Tea? I guess the easy explanation would be that it’s sweetened tea, with some added flavouring (usually fruity), shaken with ice and served with dozens of little jellied chewy tapioca balls inside known as pearls. Oh – and you get to use a crazy big straw so you can suck up the jelly tapioca pearls.
You’ll need to boil the pearls in water that’s been sweetened with sugar until they’re slightly soft & chewy. Once your pearls are the right consistency (take one out of the boiling water & chew it to test them) you’ll need to drain them, put them in the bottom of a glass and pour some cold iced tea (such as Liptons) over them. Add in a bit of ice to help cool the warm pearls down. The only problem with this is that I haven’t been able to find bubble tea straws anywhere here, so I’m forced to eat them with a spoon while sipping on the actual iced tea. That’s about as close as you’re going to get to making actual bubble tea at home, but trust me – nothing beats the real thing, so if you do get a chance to visit Bubbleology then I really recommend going!