Boba/Pearls/Tapioca - how to make?
Here in Indiana, there's only one pearl tea joint, and it's terrible. Absolutely terrible. They use the ready-made tapioca balls and microwave them. Ugh! My fiance and I are going through pearl tea withdrawl and are too busy to trek out to Chicago on the weekends to get good pearl tea. Does anyone know how to make those pearls so darned tasty and chewy? I really love the pearls at Tapioca Express back in California, but have no idea how to replicate them. I've tried in the past, but with no success. Any tips?
1 cup tapioca pearls
8 cups water
some say 7:1 ratio
1) Boil water in a large pot.
2) Add in the tapioca pearls to boiling water.
3) Stir initially to prevent tapioca from sticking to the bottom of the pot. The tapioca pearls should float in the water.
4) Boil for about 25 minutes with the cover on.
5) Turn the heat off and let the tapioca sit in the water for another 25 minutes.
6) Rinse the cooked tapioca pearls in warm water and drain out the water.
7) Cover with bubble tea fructose, sugar syrup, brown sugar whatever syrup so they don't dry out.
If that is what you are doing now, you could vary boil times or let them sit shorter or longer in the hot water after boiling. Experimentation is fun.
definitely got to experiement yourself with the times. I'd usually do this. Cover with plenty of water, bring to a boil, the shut off the heat and let it sit covered for twenty minutes, check the pearls and repeat the boiling and sitting around time. It'll take a few rounds. If you try to boil it straight you are in for a long time.
I've been experimenting, and I really have trouble getting the pearls at the right consistancy. They're usually WAY too chewy. The other thing I find is that I like them to have a little flavour, so I've tried cooking them with a little sugar, and a little black tea. It just wasn't right, but a lot better. I live right in the middle of an asian area where there are a lot of places to get bubble tea, but it's expensive, and to be honest, I enjoy more, the flavours I can create at home.
I'm going to try some of these other ideas for cooking them.
Look for multi-coloured tapioca as well. Of course, they don't taste any different, but they are fun!
I found some quick-cook 5 minute dark brown bubbles at T&T (major asian grocery chain in Canada). I'm going to try it out tomorrow at a CNY party. My question is: how do I make the tea itself? Is it just ice tea with flavour added? I couldn't find anything in that supermarket except a few boxes of flavoured jello-looking powder "bubble tea" boxes with suspicious ingredient lists.