Bubble Tea

I miss traveling so much these days. To go into the Asian food store where I live makes me travel in scents and then in flavors at least for moments. I am so happy they had tapioca pearls today.


  • 1 dl tapioca pearls
  • 4 dl water
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 dl water to steep the tea in
  • 4 tea bags of black tea, or 2 tbsp black tea leaves
  • 2 dl milk of choice
  • A handful of ice cubes

In other recipes that I went through before making my own, I saw that some use both honey and brown sugar to sweeten their tapioca pearls. They used as much honey as brown sugar. Also, some added sweetened condensed milk to their milk to add another dimension of sweetness to their final tea drink.

Ingredients. Brown sugar, tapioca pearls, and water.


Bring the water to boil in a saucepan. Add the tapioca pearls and stir so that they do not stick to the bottom. Turn down the heat slightly and let simmer for 30 minutes.

Turn off the heat. Add in the sugar and stir so that the sugar dissolves. Put on the lid and let sit for an hour. Then rinse the tapioca over cold water to stop the cooking process.

Add water and tea bags to a saucepan and turn on medium-high heat. Bring to a gentle boil. Turn off the heat and remove the tea bags. Let cool until it reaches room temperature.


To a large glass, add a few spoons of tapioca pearls and ice cubes. Then fill half the glass with tea and top it off with milk.

Tapioca pearls boiling.
Set aside and add brown sugar.
Stirr to dissolve the sugar.
Let sit for an hour.

In another saucepan, bring water to a slow boil and add four tea bags. Let steep until the tea is really strong. Set aside to cool. It just put the tea in a glass jar on the terrace for it to cool down.

Rinse the tapioca pearls.
In a tall glass, add the tapioca pearls and ice cubes. Pour the cool tea over it.
Topp it off with milk of choice.