How to Make Bubble Tea from Scratch

Bubble tea, also called milk tea or boba tea, is a drink that originated from Taiwan. It is a tea-based drink with a mix of milk and tapioca balls. In this recipe, tapioca balls will be made from scratch using tapioca starch, cocoa powder, water, and brown sugar.


Tapioca Balls:

• 100 grams tapioca starch
• 6 grams cocoa powder
• 65 grams water
• 40 grams brown sugar


• 35 grams sugar
• 70 grams water


• 20 grams water
• 1 cinnamon stick
• 2 cardamoms
• 2 cloves
• 8 grams black tea
• 100 grams milk

• some ice cubes


In a mixing bowl, add 100 grams of tapioca starch.
Sift in 6 grams of cocoa powder.
Mix well until combined.
Set aside.

Set a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
Add 65 grams of water and 40 grams of brown sugar.
Stir to combine and let it boil.
Once it starts to boil, turn off the heat.
Add the tapioca starch mixture.
Mix well to combine.
Transfer to a clean work surface.
Knead until thick and smooth.
Roll it out like to a thin rope.
Cut the rope into green pea-size pieces.
Make each piece into a small ball, which will be the tapioca ball.
Place the tapioca balls in a bowl.
Sprinkle some flour to avoid the balls from sticking to each other.

Set a medium pot over medium heat.
Fill it with water and let it boil.
Once it starts to boil, add the small balls into the ppt.
Boil for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, strain the water.
Wash the tapioca balls in cold water.
Set aside.

Set a medium pot over medium heat.
Add 70 grams of water and 35 grams of sugar.
Mix well and let it boil.
Add the small balls into the pot.
Stir well, then remove from the heat.
Place in the fridge to cool.

Grind a cinnamon stick, cardamoms, and cloves.
Add it in a pot with 20 grams of water.
Set it over low heat and let it boil for 3 minutes.
Add 8 grams of black tea into the pot.
Boil for another 3 minutes.
Once done, strain the tea.
Add 100 grams of milk.
Set aside.


Prepare a glass.
Add the cooled tapioca balls to the glass.
Add some ice cubes.
Pour the milk and tea mixture into the glass.
Serve and enjoy!

How To Make Bubble Tea From Scratch
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