Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Bubble Tea

Yessss! At long last, the hellish, bi-annual, mental-marathon that makes me question my affinity for law school has come to close. That's right, exams are o-v-e-r, which means that I finally (legitimately) have time to whip up something fun...
Thus, pictured above is one of my all-time favorite drinks - bubble tea. Now, before I get any further, I intend to address the thought that's inevitably running through your head right now (if you've never had bubble tea before, that is).

"What the hell is floating in the bottom of that glass?!"

First, don't be frightened. It's only tapioca balls. And second, they're really delicious, especially when covered with a scrumptious brown-sugary glaze, as they are here.

(As an aside, my love affair with bubble tea grew, appropriately, out of my obsession with regular old tea. CH can begrudgingly vouch for the fact that I have at least 30 kinds of tea stockpiled in our kitchen, and I don't intend to stop adding to it anytime soon...)

Anyway, I first began salivating over bubble tea when I discovered it at Argo Tea, which is a fantastic Chicago-based tea shop. However, I'd never attempted to make it before, until now.

So, here's the thing - bubble tea is super-easy to make, but it does take some time. And to make things clearer, instead of posting the recipe and method here, I'll just provide the links that I referenced when making it myself:
My only suggestion is to add some flavored syrup to your tea (vanilla or almond is great) before you drink it. Oh, and remember that the ratio of soy milk to bubble tea should be 1 : 1.

I hope you like it!
bubble tea


  1. I've never had bubble tea, but it certainly intrigues me. I think there are a few places around me that serve it, so maybe I should give it a shot.
    Congrats on finishing up the semester!!

  2. Heh, at first I thought it looked like corn kernels on the bottom! I've never heard of bubble tea but it's kind of intriguing me now. Off to watch the video you linked to!

  3. I <3 bubble tea! I too have a massive stockpile of tea in my kitchen! Long lost twins...?

  4. very cool that you made some too! It looks yummy, i guess i did the lazy version!:-) i hear you about being busy...i've been out of the blogosphere for awhile, thanks for visiting my blog!

  5. ooh, glad you got to make some too,it looks good! I guess i did the lazy version :-) hey, thanks for stopping by my blog.

  6. yum! i love bubble tea :) we call it boba tea here in vegas, and i recall it was called pearl tea in japan!

  7. I'd like to try this, it sounds very interesting. Speaking of tea, I'm completely obsessed with it as well.

    I've got loads of tea, I counted 41 and then I posted the pic. on my blog. Then I got more for Christmas.

    We are huge big Earl Grey fans too.

  8. I love bubble tea, thanks for the recipe!!! Where did you find the tapioca pearls?


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