I first had boba tea back in high school when my friend Annie took me to an Asian cafe in our hometown. Boba is made from tapioca and or jelly balls, and the balls can be dark brown or multi-colored, like the ones here. At first I was surprised by the little gummy tapioca pearls coming up the straw and had a hard time not swallowing them straight away. But after a few sips I was able to get the hand of swallowing the milk tea and chewing on the little gummies. Then when I went to LMU I found a little creperie right off campus that makes the BEST boba tea. My favorite was the jasmine milk tea boba, which I have recreated right here. I saw these tapioca pearls today at Simpang Asia for 2 bucks, and because I have little to no self control, I bought them and made this boba tea straight away. They're such fun and cute drinks, and pretty easy to make too. Enjoy them :)
1/3 Cup Tapioca Pearls
2 Cups Water
1 Cup Brewed Jasmine Tea or Jasmine Green Tea Blend, chilled
1 Cup Whole Milk
1 Teaspoon Sugar
Prepare the tapioca pearls according to the directions on the package. For mine, I boiled 1/3 cup of uncooked boba in 2 cups of water for 1 minute uncovered and then an additional 7 minutes, covered. Drain the boba and set them aside.
Take out two glasses. Pour half of the tea in one glass and half of the tea in the other. Do the same with the milk and the sugar. Mix each glass well with a spoon until the milk, tea and sugar are completely blended. Add half of the boba to one glass and half to the other. Allow the boba to settle to the bottom of the glass. Serve cold.