Description: Boba tapioca pearls are soft, gelatinous spheres used to make Taiwanese bubble tea. Made from the natural starch that’s been extracted from the cassava shrub, these small pearls are the key ingredient in bubble tea (also known as boba tea). Boba tea is a milk-based drink with a handful of the pearl balls at the bottom of the glass – sucked up through an extra-wide straw. Tapioca pearls are also used in South Asian desserts, boiled up with coconut milk until they take on a jelly baby-like consistency. Or simply mixed with sugar and honey.
Follow the below instructions for cooking the boba tapioca pearls:
To cook tapioca pearls boil 10 cups of water. Add 1 cup of pearls and stir gently. Wait until they rise to the surface. Reduce to simmer and cook for another 5-8 minutes until soft, stirring regularly. Transfer to a bowl of cold water for 20 seconds. Scoop out the tapioca pearls and mix together with sugar or honey for a quick dessert!
Tuk Tuk Method: Boil water with a ratio 7:1 water to tapioca. Then pour the tapioca into the boiling water. Stir lightly while letting the tapioca float to the top, then cook for 15 minutes on high heat with a lid on. Maintain a rolling boil and stir every 5 minutes. Steep the cooked tapioca for 15 minutes, then take the pot off the heat and let it sit for 15 minutes covered. Then run lukewarm or cold water over the pearls and drain the water from them. Pour the tapioca into a container and cover them in sugar syrup or brown sugar. Cover the container and serve when ready!
Storage: Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.