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« on: August 10, 2014 08:33:03 AM »

I have loved bubble tea since my husband introduced me to it 10 years ago.  Sadly, in that time, I've also become highly lactose intolerant, making it hard to go out for bubble tea in restaurants, since most use various mixes to make the milk tea, some of which contain dairy, and some of which don't.  Since he language barrier can be a problem at some Asian restaurants in my area, I've switched to making bubble tea at home, which is really rather easy, and you get to control what goes in it!  Also, since most tapioca pearls are vegan (made of starch rather than gelatin), by swapping out the honey for agave, you can easily make it vegan friendly.



For 1 serving you will need:
2 Teaspoons Strong black tea (preferably loose leaf tea)
Almond Milk, or other non-dairy milk of choice
cup Tapioca Pearls
1-2 Tablespoons Honey (or Agave if you'd like it to be vegan)
Almond or other flavored extract of your choice (optional)
2 cup glass measuring cup
Tea Ball or Tea Strainer
16-20 oz. glass
Bubble Tea or Smoothie Straw



Set the tea kettle to boil.  Place two teaspoons of tea into a large tea ball.  Pour just over 1 cup of water over the tea and allow to steep for 5 minutes.  (You want a good strong cup of tea to stand up to the milk and honey you will be adding.)  Once the tea is steeped, remove the tea ball and add enough ice to make 1 cups of tea.  (I like to do this is a 2 cup measuring cup.)  Add 1-3 drops of almond extract to the tea.  Stir.  By the time you make the tapioca pearls, the tea will be nice and cold.



Meanwhile place 3 cups of water in a medium sauce pan, and bring to a boil over high heat.  Once the water is boiling, slowly pour in the tapioca pearls and stir gently.  Allow to boil for about 5 minutes.  At this point the pearls should be very plump.

Cover the pan, and reduce heat to low.  Set the time for 5 minutes. 



Once the 5 minutes are up, use the lid of the pan to help you strain out the water.  Add the honey or agave to the tapioca pearls.  This not only sweetens your final beverage, but also helps the pearls from becoming hard or grainy.  Stir gently, and allow the pearls to soak in the honey for 2-3 minutes.



Pour the pearls and honey into a large glass.  (For reference this is a 20 ounce glass.)  Fill the glass to full of tea, and then add some almond milk.  Use your bubble tea straw to stir gently to combine the milk and tea.  Let rest 1-2 minutes, so the tapioca pearls cool slightly in the tea, and stir again.  Now go enjoy your bubble tea!  Preferably on the porch with a great book!

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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2014 05:10:32 PM »

One of my friends has been trying to get me to give bubble tea a shot, so I might have to try this!  It looks great!
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2014 06:42:57 AM »

This looks just like what you get in a restaurant!

Where did you get the tapioca pearls? I've never seen them in the store (granted I've never looked...).

If you wanted to go full-on dairy, would regular milk work, or would you recommend half-and-half or cream?

Thanks for sharing!!
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2014 09:36:36 AM »

This looks just like what you get in a restaurant!

Where did you get the tapioca pearls? I've never seen them in the store (granted I've never looked...).

If you wanted to go full-on dairy, would regular milk work, or would you recommend half-and-half or cream?

Thanks for sharing!!

The pearls came from Amazon.  There's a link in the list of ingredients above.  Smiley  As for a recommendation on milk vs. cream, I don't really have one for you.  I have never really liked milk, even before I couldn't digest it anymore.  I know that many of the mixes used in bubble tea shops have a type of non-dairy creamer in them, but some contain actual powdered milk.  Hence me not trusting them, since I can't easily read the ingredients labels at a restaurant.  This is also the only time I like any sort of creamy-ness added to my tea.  I drink hot tea black.  Does anyone else have an opinion for Abbeeroad?
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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2014 09:50:43 AM »

Ah! Now I see the link! Thanks for pointing it out.

No worries, I was thinking along Thai Iced Tea lines, where half-and-half or cream is so where it's at.
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2014 10:07:40 PM »

I've only had bubble tea once, I should give it a go at home! Looks like fun to play with the tapioca pearls!
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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2014 02:49:16 AM »

Never had bubble tea, but think I have to try it. Looks tasty and different. Smiley
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I haev issues with dairy and for that reason haven't tried the mixes.  I am trying this!  Thanks.
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« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2014 02:13:46 PM »

I've never heard of it, but my curiosity is peaked & I must give it a try! Looks good!
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« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2014 08:58:34 AM »

Just made my first batch! I had bought the tapioca pearls a long time ago, but was too scared to attempt the directions on the back of the package. But they're delicious! The only thing missing is the straw - guess I'll just have to go back to the local boba tea place. Wink Thanks for the tute!

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