Bubble Tea


Bubble tea originates from Taiwan and is becoming increasingly popular. Making your own bubble tea is not difficult at all and is so tasty!

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Bubble tea
Veronique van Ohmydish

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Published at 2023-06-28, this recipe is for 3 people and takes 30 minutes.

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30 minutes 3 people Vegetarian recipes
Bubble tea


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  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 600 ml whole milk
  • 20 grams of black tea leaves
  • 2 x 600 ml water
  • 60 grams of black tapioca pearls
Bubble tea ingredients
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  • medium saucepan
  • fine sieve
  • small saucepan
  • spoon
  • 3 large glasses with wide straws

Bubble Tea

30 minutes 3 people Vegetarian recipes

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Preparation - 20 minutes + waiting time

Bring 600 ml of water to a boil and cook the black tapioca pearls in it for 3 minutes. They are ready when they start to float to the surface. Drain and rinse cold under running water to prevent them from sticking.

Make a sugar syrup by heating the brown sugar, granulated white sugar and 4 tablespoons of water over low heat for a few minutes. Leave the sugar syrup to cool.

Bring another 600 ml of water to just below boiling point, add the black tea leaves and leave to infuse gently for a few minutes. Turn off the heat, add 600 ml of milk and allow to cool so that the tea flavour is fully absorbed.

Bubble tea
Bubble tea

Finishing the bubble tea – 10 minutes

Strain the milk and tea mixture to remove any loose tea.

Divide the black tapioca pearls between 3 large glasses and then add 1 tablespoon of sugar syrup to each glass.

Black tapioca pearls for bubble tea
Black tapioca pearls for bubble tea

Pour the flavoured milk over the tapioca pearls and serve the bubble tea cold, with a wide straw. You can add ice cubes if you like. Enjoy!

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Bubble Tea: frequently asked questions

What is bubble tea?

Bubble tea consists of sugar syrup, milk, tea and tapioca pearls. There are other types of bubble tea, in a variety of flavours. It is most delicious when chilled.

What are the balls in bubble tea?

The small balls are tapioca pearls, these are made from tapioca flour. Tapioca is made from cassava root.

Where can I buy tapioca pearls?

Tapioca pearls can be bought in Asian supermarkets, but also at some (larger) supermarkets.

Where can I buy bubble tea?

Ready-made bubble tea can often be bought in Asian supermarkets. There are also more and more bubble tea bars popping up around the country.