Recipe: Bubble Tea


Bubble tea, a fairly new concoction started in the 1980's, is a Taiwanese tea-based drinks made with tapioca pearls or bubbles. It's often called boba tea and since it's become incredibly popular as a refreshing soft drink in the summer we thought Grace might like it... so we invited her down to try some.



  • 150 g white tapioca pearls
  • 1.5 l water

Sugar Syrup

  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 200 ml water
  • 2 drops pandan extract
  • 1 glugs grenadine syrup


  • 2 l boiling water
  • 4 jasmine tea bags
  • 4 tbsp matcha powder

  • 1 bowl ice
  • 1 small jug almond milk
simmer the tapioca pearls

Step 1

Simmer The Tapioca Pearls

place the litre of water for the tapioca into a saucepan and bring to a boil. tip in the tapioca pearls and stir well. simmer gently for 50-60 minutes, stirring occasionally, until only a tiny bit of each pearl is still translucent.

Step 2

Make The Syrup

simmer the 200g of sugar and 200ml of water in another pan to make the syrup. divide into two different bowls once the sugar has dissolved and mix the grenadine syrup into one and the pandan extract into another. leave to cool.

add bubbles to syrup

Step 3

Add Bubbles To Syrup

test a bubble by cooling it slightly and chewing through it, there should be no dry or hard centre. drain the pearls in a sieve and run under cold water to stop the cooking, wash off excess starch and cool. split the bubbles between the two syrups to store.

make the tea

Step 4

Make The Tea

place the matcha powder into one clear bowl and the jasmine teabags into another. boil up 2 litres of water and pour half into each of the tea bowls, leave to steep and cool.

pour and serve

Step 5

Pour And Serve

pour about 200ml of the cooled green tea over ice in a serving glass, spoon in 3 tbsp of pandan bubbles and syrup, then finish with a drizzle of almond milk and stir before serving. pour 200ml of cooled jasamine tea over ice in a serving bowl, spoon in 3 tbsp of grenadine bubbles and syrup, then finish with a glug of almond milk stir before serving. makes 4 glasses of each tea

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