Store bought tapioca drinks are so expensive nowadays. Instead, why not learn to make your own tapioca boba pearls so that you can make your own drinks at home. It’s cheap, convenient and best of all, it tastes delicious. Plus, it only takes 3 ingredients to make it, so anybody can make it with ease.
Boba drinks are one of the most popular drinks in the world and is continuing to grow in popularity. It is a Taiwanese staple that has since grown to be loved by everybody all around.
Even now, more and more boba shops are constantly opening up selling all kinds of different boba for you to try.
But one thing is for certain. Boba drinks are very expensive, at least where I live anyways. Usually a boba drink will usually cost around $5 to $7 dollars which is pretty costly.
That is why I wanted to make my own boba pearls as it will usually be cheaper and in my opinion, taste better.
I mean sure you can go to the store and buy the pre-made boba pearls already, but not all of them taste good. Not only that, but some of them are even made with toxic ingredients.
It is because of that reason that I have decided to make my own boba pearls. After all, it is a relatively easy process that uses only 3 ingredients.
I guarantee once you try this recipe, you will absolutely fall in love with it.
Why You Should Make Boba Pearls?
Healthy: There’s no food dye or any other toxic ingredient in this recipe. It is all natural.
Delicious: Since we are going to be using brown sugar in this recipe, it will taste sweet and delicious.
Keeps Well: The boba pearls will keep well for a few days so you can make more drinks each and every day.
Better Than Stores: Since you are making this recipe from scratch, it will always be better than any store made or store bought boba pearls.
Ingredients In This Boba Pearl Recipe?
This recipe is extremely easy to make as it only uses a few ingredients which you most likely have at home or can easily get. Or if not, you can simply go to the store and buy them up as they are really cheap to buy.
You can find the exact measurements down below. But the ingredients we are going to be using are as followed:
Main Ingredients (Must Use)
Tapioca Starch: Tapioca Starch is the star of this dish.
Brown Sugar: Brown sugar gives the pearls its dark brown color.
Water: This is used to boil the pearls.
What Is Tapioca Starch?
For those that are unfamiliar, Tapioca starch which might also be labeled as Tapioca flour in the United States is a starchy substance that comes from the cassava root.
Tapioca starch is a popular item used in many gluten-free baking because it gives the baked items a more chewy like texture.
People also use this as a thickening agent. Similar to corn starch, tapioca starch is great to use for thickening soups, sauces and anything else you want to thicken.
How Do You Make Boba Pearls?
Making boba pearls is a really simple process.
The process is as followed:
First in a sauce pan, you want to combine your brown sugar with water over medium heat until the sugar has melted.
Then remove the sauce pan from the heat and add in a portion of your tapioca starch. Continue to stir things around. Once the starch is dissolved, return the sauce pan back to the heat and cook until it is slightly thickened.
After it is slightly thickened, turn off the heat and remove the saucepan from the heat. Add in the rest of your tapioca starch. Keep mixing until it starts to form a rough dough.
Bring out a cutting board or any cooking surface you have and dust it with some tapioca flour. Roll out the dough and make sure to continuously knead the dough until it is smooth and round.
Roll the dough into a long log shape and cut it into 3 to 4 sections.
Take one section and place it on the board. Take the other leftover sections and wrap them in some plastic wraps to keep them from drying out.
With that one section you have on your board, roll the dough out into a smaller log roll about 1/2 an inch thick. Then cut it into small section pieces. Probably around half an 1/4 of an inch wide. Basically the size of a boba pearl.
Roll each tiny piece into a ball shape and set aside with some light dusting of tapioca flour.
Keep repeating this process with the remaining dough until every is turned into tiny balls. Try to work fast as the longer you take, the more the dough will start to dry out.
Boil some water and put the boba pearls into the boiling water. Once all the boba starts to float to the surface, lower the heat to low and keep cooking for another 10 to 15 minutes.
After that, you’ll turn off the heat and cover the lid. Let the boba sit for another 10 to 15 minutes.
Then drain the boba and rinse it with cold water.
It is now ready to serve, or you can do the optional step down below.
Time to make your syrup!
In a pot, melt some brown sugar into water. Then add in the fresh boba you have just made. Cook until the syrup has thickened.
After that, take it out and serve immediately with your choice of drink.
Tips For Making This Dish
- Try to work quickly or else the dough might dry out.
- If the dough drys out, then just add some water to it to re-hydrate the dough.
- A good tip to use is to have a bowl of water next to you in case you need to moisten your hands or dough to help mold things better.
What To Pair Boba Pearls With?
You can pair these boba pearls with any type of drink you want.
The most common type of drink you’ll see paired with boba pearls is with milk tea.
Or you can make a brown sugar milk version that is just as tasty.
Brown Sugar Milk Recipe
A simple recipe you can make to pair with the boba pearls is a drink called “brown sugar milk”.
The steps are as followed:
- Scoop some boba into a cup
- Add some brown sugar syrup inside the cup
- Add milk
Storing Boba Pearls
Storing: Typically you can store these boba pearls in the refrigerator for around a few days to a week.
Reheating: You should be able to reheat the boba pearls just fine by boiling them in brown sugar water.
Freezing: I have never tried freezing this as I usually always finish it, but it should be able to freeze just like any other foods you make.
Please let me know how you like this recipe down in the comments below. I always love reading feedback and seeing all the creative alternatives you have decided to change in this recipe.
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- 1/4 Cup Water
- 3 Teaspoon Brown Sugar
- 5 Tablespoon Tapioca Flour
Brown Sugar Syrup – Optional
- 1/4 Cup Water
- 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
Making Boba Pearls
- Into a sauce pan on medium heat, combine the brown sugar and water together. Mix things around until the sugar has completely dissolved.
- Remove the sauce pan from the heat and add in a portion of the tapioca starch into the brown sugar mixture. Make sure to keep stirring until everything is combined together. Once the tapioca starch is dissolved, return the sauce pan back to the heat and cook until the mixture is slightly thickened.
- Once the mixture has thickened, turn off the heat and move the sauce pan away. Add in the rest of the tapioca starch and continue to mix things around until you get a rough looking sticky dough.
- Dust your work surface with some tapioca starch and roll out the dough. Make sure to knead the dough well until it becomes smooth and round.
- Roll the dough into a log shape and cut it into a few sections. Keep one section on the work surface while wrapping the other sections in some kind of wrap. By wrapping the sections up, you'll prevent it from drying out too fast.
- With that one section on your work surface, roll the dough until it becomes a thin log shape around half an inch thick. Then cut the log into tiny individual pieces, about the size of a boba pearl. Roll the section into a ball shape and set it aside with a light dustng of tapioca starch.
- Repeat the steps of making the tiny ball shape pieces with the remaining dough until you have used up all the dough. Be sure to work fast during these steps or else you might risk the chance of the dough getting dry and hard.
- Grab a pot and boil some water up. Put your boba pearls inside the boiling water. Once the boba pearls start to float to the surface, lower the heat and keep cooking for around 10 to 15 minutes.
- After 10 to 15 minutes have passed, turn off the heat and cover the pot. Let the boba pearls sit for another 10 to 15 minutes.
- Once time is up, drain the hot water from the pot and rinse with some cold ice water.
- Serve immediately with your choice of drink.
Making Brown Sugar Syrup – Optional
- Grab a pot over medium heat and pour in some water and brown sugar. Dissolve the sugar into the water and then add in your cooked boba pearls.
- Cook till syrup has thickened.
- Serve immediately with your choice of drink.