Tuesday, July 7, 2009

How To Make Your Own Milk Tea with Boba

Sometimes, the only thing better than eating one of your favorite foods is learning how to make it yourself so you can make it all the time and eventually open up your own food cart outside your cubicle at work or outside a hip, happenin' club in the City. It's fun to learn how to make things, especially when the making is easy and when there are puppies involved.

Last night I played with a puppy named Cookie Monster and learned how to make my favorite drink, which is sipped and eaten simultaneously. It was like I had died and gone to some other realm in which an Asian Martha Stewart exists, one that knows how to make boba and who owns the cutest puppy ever.

Before we get to boba making history, you must first meet C. Monster, a 2-month old, fluffy puppy, not to be mistaken for a stuffed animal.

That fluffy thing is Cookie, sleeping at my feet in the car.

Everyone is mesmerized by her fluffiness, even other dogs.

OK, here is the secret to my future success...

How to make Boba/Pearl Tea:

1) First, prepare simple syrup. Meaure 1 c. filtered water.
2) Boil water.
3) Find brown sugar in your cupboard. Once it's found, someone may need to go retrieve a cleaver or a small ice pick to get the brick into smaller granules if the brown sugar is stale, but whatever works for you is fine.
4) Measure 1/2 c of brown sugar.
5) Measure 1/2 c of white sugar.
6) Stir both brown and white sugar into the boiling water.
7) Bring the concoction to a boil. Keep stirring. You will know when all the sugar has been melted when the bottom of the pot doesn't streak when you move your spatula across it.8) When all the sugar is melted, simple syrup is ready. Place aside and let cool.

9) Next, prepare your boba balls. We used rainbow ones because they are rainbow and com'on, they look cool, but you can use whatever kind you want. We used 1 c of boba balls. For every cup, add 7 cups of water.

10) Add the boba balls to the pot of water; cover. Let it come to a boil and boil for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the boba balls sit uncovered for another 15 minutes.
11) Drain the boba balls and rinse with cold water. Rinsing will keep the balls from sticking together and stop them from cooking into a gooey hot mess.

12) Add your boba balls to your simple syrup and chill in the fridge next to the Soyrizo and milk.
13) Now onto the tea, prepare whatever kind of tea you like. We made Jasmine green tea.

14) When your tea is ready, add milk and simple syrup to your desired sweetness and creaminess.

15) Add boba balls to your tea and serve. If you are trying to impress guests, it may be best to visit tea shops in your neighborhood prior to serving so that you can pick up a few extra straws. But spoons will also do.

And for your tea drinking pleasure, here is a video of Cookie eating and generally being cute.


Roy said...

i feel the need to comment that i totally chuckled when i read:

"Next, prepare your boba balls"

Connie said...

Cookie is adorable.
And I have never heard of boba balls.I will have to see if I can find them here in rural Ohio.

viince said...

cute dog! i sure could go for some boba right now.

Dishtank DJ said...

I saw the link to your blog on the "Blogs of Note" page so I decided to visit. I'm very impressed and love the layout of your blog and it has great pics too.

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lady elle said...

yum! my fave. definitely going on the list of things to try making! yay for 'blogs of note' (:

novella said...

Blogging about Boba tea and a dog...relieved to see someone else blog about their dog and unrelated matter!! For me it was a chihuahua and a calm, sane mind. LOL.

nom said...

Oh my gosh, this is amazing. When I was 17, I went to Shanghai and I drank boba tea, but I never knew what it was, the boba balls have been a mystery to me ever since! And now I can maybe make it at home in England! Thank you!

Sobrina Tung said...

Hi Connie and Nom, the boba balls also go by the name of tapioca balls or tapioca pearls. I wish you success in your search!

Chococo said...

Always wondered how to make bubble tea. I used to drink them whenever I visited our ''china town''.
Think I'll try to make this one day.

n a n d a said...

that cookie monster is adorable hehe <3

and i heart boba milk tea <3
never thought can make one, usually just buy i-cup drinks haha ^__^

Theresa said...

i love boba, so to actually know how to make it now is great :)
and the dog is absolutely adorable :)
the description of the cute, fluffy dog completely reminded me of my boyfriend's new puppy, who just happens to have green eyes, which i find quite intriguing haha excuse my rambling.

Kyrie said...

Simple. Lovely. :)

Christy said...

Found you on "Blogs of Note".
Very great blog. I giggle when I read your stuff. I like that.

Bubble tea, er boba tea, is one of my favorites. I have a far fetched crazy dream of one day having a bubble tea place and calling it Pop. Now, I know how to make it! Gee, thanks for helping me fulfill my lifelong dreams! :)

Now, if I could just find some bobas...

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