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.
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.
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.
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.