Milk Tea is still popular up to this date. Sweet, milky, tasty and comes with tapioca pearls or boba. They are pretty expensive if you get it from a tea place but they are actually super easy to make. And the good thing about making your own, you can adjust the sugar according to your preference. The only challenge really is finding the tapioca pearls and checking the package how to cook it. The rest of the ingredients, for sure you have them readily available in your kitchen.
If you are in the Philippines, you should be able to find it in major grocery stores or online like Shopee or Lazada.
Milk Tea is not complete without Boba or Black Tapioca Pearls. Cooking the pearls are a little challenge because if undercooked, the middle part will be still be a little hard and if overcooked, they will be mushy. Please know that different brands, have different cooking instructions so you have to follow that. I've used two different brands in the past and I have detailed below the instructions how those varies on cooking directions. I like using small pearls, but it comes in sizes as well and some brands offer multi-colored pearls.
Cook tapioca pearls according to package directions.
I've used two different brands before:
1. Boil in water for 25 minutes. Stir occasionally. Turn off heat, cover and leave it for 30 minutes. Strain and rinse in ice cold water. Transfer to a bowl with honey.
2. Add tapioca pearls in boiling water. Stir. Wait for the pearls to float. Cover and boil for 5-8 minutes. Turn off heat and leave it for another 5-8 minutes. Scoop out in a bowl and rest in cold water for 20 seconds. Scoop out into a dry bowl and add honey.
Boil 2 cups water. Sip 4 bags of black tea.
Add cooked tapioca pearls onto a tall glass or cup.
Add condensed milk.
Add warm black tea. Stir until condensed milk is dissolved.
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