Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Homemade Boba!

Bubble Tea Boba

Today the ingredients from boba tea direct came so I can make my very own boba at home!

My husband is an addict of the honeydew flavored bubble tea, so I ordered the honeydew powder online at the link above, plus the oversized straws and of course the large sized tapioca pearls.  I was a bit apprehensive about getting the pearls that take 30 minutes to cook, but now they have minute pearls!  All you have to do is boil some water and stir in the tapioca pearls for 5 minutes, rinse in warm water and strain.  To make them have a sweet flavor you can put them in a container with some sugar water or sugar syrup or honey.  They keep for up to 6 hrs, so only make enough to use the same day they are cooked.
Just a side note- if you happen to be lucky enough to have an asian grocery by you, check to see if they sell the minute pearls.  Many people have had luck finding them at their local asian grocer.  I am just lazy and haven't had time to go looking yet.

When I accompanied my DH to Portland, Oregon this month for a work conference he was attending, we got one day to walk around and experience the Portlandness of Portland.  We strolled by a cute little boba/yogurt shop and stepped in for some refereshing boba.  I have never had "Popping Boba" before but what a treat!!

These little bubbles are replacements for tapioca pearls in the bubble tea.  Instead of a chewy consistency, they are like little grapes full of liquid that "pop" open when you suck them up the straw and into your mouth, releasing in this case a strawberry flavor that adds to the flavor of the tea.  You can use them as a topping for ice cream as well, and I'm sure there are tons of other uses for them.  My favorite flavor by far is the strawberry popping boba.  A huge plus to using these instead of tapioca pearls is you don't need to cook them.  They are pre-made fruity boba bliss.  I had mine in a peach flavored bubble tea mix, and it was delish!  My DH had Honeydew flavored tea mix with mango popping boba, and it was good but not nearly as yummy as mine.  Boba tea direct sells these Popping Bobas by the bucket but they are so new and so popular, it is out of stock before they can list them online!  You can sign up for the backordered list if you want to by contacting them through their email form online.

Here is the recipe for making the minute black pearls:

Cooking Minute Pearls for Bubble Tea:

1/2 cup Minute Pearls
4 cups water

(Makes enough for 2 16 oz bubble teas)

1) Boil water in a large pot.
2) Add in the Minute Pearls to boiling water.
3) Stir initially to prevent Minute Pearls from sticking to the bottom of the pot. The tapioca pearls should float in the water.
4) Boil for about 5 minutes with the cover on.
5) Rinse the cooked Minute Pearls in warm water and drain out the water.
6) Cover the cooked pearls with *sugar water to give them a sweet flavor.

*Sugar water:
Boil 2 cups water and add 3/4 cup white sugar.  When sugar is dissolved, set water aside to cool.

To make the bubble tea mix, I purchased the honeydew flavored all-in-one mix and followed the directions that came with the package, which is as follows:

Preparation: (For 16 oz serving)
1) Scoop desired amount of Tapioca Pearls, and/or Coconut Jelly and/or Choobees into your serving cup.
2) Put 2 to 3 ounces (4-6 Tbsp) of All-In-One mix in your cocktail shaker or blender (for ice-blended drinks).
3) Add 6 to 8 ounces of water to dissolve the powder.
4) Add 1 cup ice (or desired amount) to cocktail shaker or blender until the blended mixture comes up to 2 cups (16 oz serving).
5) Pour over your texture components.

Don't forget to serve your boba with an oversized straw so you can slurp up the tapioca pearls!

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