When it comes to bubble tea, the most iconic ingredient in all beverages are the tapioca pearls that sink to the bottom of your drink. Whether you prefer milk tea or you tend to opt for a yummy fruit tea, tapioca pearls are a staple of all bubble tea drinks. However, it's not for everyone, and you can choose alternative toppings.
Here at Manhua Cha, we craft and deliver delicious bubble tea in the UK, and our handy bubble tea kits come in a range of different flavours for milk and fruit flavoured options. A common question that boba tea enthusiasts have is "how are tapioca pearls made?" Lucky for you, we have the answer! Read our article below to see how you can make this 'love it or hate it' topping at home.
Often referred to as boba pearls, they are small, translucent spheres made from the tapioca starch that comes from the cassava root. In bubble tea drinks, you will find that the pearls are black in colour.
What makes them so addictive is their chewy texture, and they can either be eaten as you drink or at the very end. They're probably the most popular topping amongst boba tea enthusiasts, but they're not the only option. Here at Manhua Cha, we offer a delicious range of jelly and popping juice ball toppings if you're not a tapioca fan. From fruity flavours like passion fruit to sweet sensations such as strawberry, our bubble tea kits come with your choice of flavouring!
If you're looking to make tapioca pearls at home, it's actually pretty simple! All you'll need is a pan of boiling water, a colander, and sugar or honey to give them that sweet flavour. We sell boba tea in the UK with a tapioca pearl recipe included in your bubble tea kit, so you never have to worry about cooking your pearls again!
You need to add the tapioca pearls to boiling water and continue stirring so that they don't stick to the pan, and eventually they should rise to the top. Boil them for 35 minutes, all the while stirring every so often. Once this time is up, steep for 15 minutes by placing the lid on top of the pan. During this time, start making your syrup!
Dissolve 300 grams of caster sugar in 150ml of water and leave it on a low heat. After your 15 minutes is up on the tapioca pearls, pour the pan over into a colander to catch your freshly boiled pearls. Rinse them under cold water and then place them into a container. You can then add your syrup or honey to flavour the tapioca for around 15 minutes. Finally, drain the pearls from the syrup and place into your drink for a delicious home-brewed bubble tea!
Here at Manhua Cha, we make yummy bubble tea in Newcastle, and can deliver bubble tea kits to homes across the UK. To browse our vast range of flavours, please visit us here.