The tea with milk and tapioca balls is of Asian origin and is based on a recipe from Taiwan. The tea contains small balls (known as pearls or boba) and you chew them as you drink this wonderful drink. Name bubble it is due to the tapioca balls but also the bubbles that are created.

There are shops everywhere that offer it and if you look you will surely find one near you. Now if you don’t know what to choose, I have some ideas, such as Milk Tea with pearls, Mochi Milk Tea, Fruitea, Biscuit Tea and Taiwan Tea with ingredients such as pecan milk, canteen and coconut jelly, but also contain pieces of fruit or juices.

You can choose the classic tea or a fruit drink, depending on your mood. It is served in transparent glasses with a thick straw so you can sip the bubbles too.

  • What are the bombas in tea?

Bomba pearls are usually made from tapioca starch, a little sugar and water. These are like a soft transparent dough and about the size of a pea. You can still make the pearls at home or buy them ready-made online or find them in the market.

Starch balls are opaque when raw, or slightly colored if you use brown sugar or food coloring. But once cooked, the boba looks translucent and shiny. If you chose to make this wonderful drink yourself and are looking for the recipe, then you should know that the process is quite easy but also very economical, compared to the price of buying them ready-made from a store. But how are you going to make them?

*you will find tapioca pearls in Asian cuisine stores

  • How to make Boba Tea?

Total time: 70 minutes

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 60 minutes

Portion: 1

Ingredients for the syrup:

  • 90ml water
  • 60ml white sugar
  • 30ml brown sugar


  1. Gather the materials.
  2. In a small saucepan, boil the water and add the sugar.
  3. Lower the heat and simmer until the sugar dissolves.
  4. Remove from heat.

Ingredients for Tapioca Pearls:

  • 120ml of water
  • 30ml tapioca pearls


  1. Gather the materials.
  2. Boil water in a large pot.
  3. Add the pearls and boil for 30 minutes.
  4. Stir occasionally to prevent the pearls from sticking to each other or to the pot.
  5. Turn off the heat and let the pearls soak in the water with the lid on for 30 minutes.
  6. Drain the tapioca pearls and rinse them with cold water.
  7. Then place them in the sugar syrup. Make sure the pearls are covered by the syrup. Mix well.

Ingredients for the tea:

  • ½ cup tapioca pearls
  • 1 cup of brewed tea (cold)
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 4 ice cubes


  1. Gather the materials.
  2. Place ½ cup of tapioca pearls in a large glass.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, mix the tea, milk and ice cubes. Shake well.
  4. Pour the mixture into the glass, on top of the pearls.
  5. Serve with a thick straw and a large transparent glass.
  6. Make only what you need

Remember that bombas do not keep for a long time after they are cooked. After three to six hours their texture may change and not be as nice and chewy. So, cook only as many pearls as you can eat and freeze the rest.