Boba is claimed by Taiwan as their invention. This brown sugar milk tea is found all over the world and is a delicious drink that you can make at home. It is typically made with black tea but you can use any tea that you like, I made mine with a spiced black tea with notes of cinnamon and it was delicious.
Boba can be enjoyed just about any time of day, we had it for a sweet treat after our Taiwanese meal. It is easy to make you just need to pre-cook the tapioca pearls. I found that at my Asian store or, you can get them here. If you like your boba extra sweet you can add 1 more tablespoon of both the dark brown sugar and water in the syrup. You can also adjust the strength of your tea. I used a tea packet instead of loose tea to make life a little easier.
Although it is called milk tea, you should use a heavy cream instead of milk, it makes the boba much more luxurious.
In Taiwan white (instead of black) symbolizes death and is used at funerals. At weddings, red is a popular color because it symbolizes good luck. If you would like to learn more about Taiwan be sure to check out “Our Journey to Taiwan”. There you can also find more authentic Taiwanese recipes like Popcorn chicken and beef noodle soup.
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Boba (Brown Sugar Milk Tea)
For the Syrup
- 4 Tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar Packed
- 3 Tablespoons water
For the Tea
- 1 Tablespoon Black Tea
- 1 Cup Hot Water
- 1/3 Cup Tapioca Pearls cooked
- 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
- In a small saucepan, add dark brown sugar and the water. Stir to combine and heat over medium heat for about 2 minutes until the mixture starts to thicken. Remove from heat.
- In another pot, boil water and add in the tea, steep until desired strength about 5 minutes.
- In two glasses divide the tapioca pearls and the syrup. Add in the ice cubes and tea. Leave enough room to pour in the cream. Stir and serve.