You can easily make sweet and tasty matcha boba tea at home! This tea is perfectly creamy, perfectly sweetened, and packed with chewy boba balls. Boba or bubble tea is a treat I used to only get at my local boba shop until I learned how to make this epic matcha boba at home. And you can too!
🌟 Why You'll Love This Recipe
🧾 Ingredients in this recipe
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👩🍳 How to Make This Recipe
First, you'll need to make the simple syrup (a combination of sugar and water). I use brown sugar, but you can also use turbinado sugar, and the flavor is fantastic either way. Use in the same ratio for both, 1:1 sugar:water.
Add the turbinado sugar and ½ a cup of water to a saucepan. Turn to medium heat and stir until the sugar is fully dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and set the simple syrup aside to cool.
Cook the tapioca pearls
Drink and enjoy! And be sure to get the right straws for drinking boba. These extra-wide glass straws work perfectly. The wide is not wide enough for the large pearls.
🧋How to Make Boba with Any Tea
If you want to try something other than matcha, this recipe works with any tea flavor. I've tried Thai tea boba, brown sugar milk boba, and many others!
To make this with another tea, follow the steps up until the step to prepare the matcha. Instead, steep the tea of your choosing in 1 cup of hot water (per serving) until brewed to your preference. Let the tea come down to room temperature before serving so it doesn't completely melt the ice and dilute the tea.
📋 Recipe FAQs
Boba are the little chewy balls at the bottom of boba tea. These balls are made from tapioca starch dough that is then boiled in hot water, which makes them slightly enlarged and chewy.
Boba tea goes by many different names: milk tea, tapioca tea, pearl milk tea, boba, and bubble tea. The drink is of Taiwanese origin and is traditionally made with a base of tea, milk, and sugar with chewy boba at the bottom.
Matcha boba has three key components: matcha powder, tapioca pearls, and milk or creamer.
Homemade boba can be considered more healthy as you control the sweetener, so you can make it with less added sugar than in shops.
By far the most common teas to use are black tea (like earl grey, chai, and breakfast tea), green teas (matcha, jasmine), and oolong teas. If you're new to boba tea, try a black tea to get you started or this matcha boba recipe.
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Matcha Boba Tea
- ½ cup brown sugar or turbinado sugar, or cane sugar
- ½ cup water
- ⅔ cups tapioca pearls
- 3 cups water
- 2 cups non-dairy milk or creamer like oat milk creamer
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon culinary grade matcha powder
- 1.5 cups ice cubes
- Simple syrup: Add the turbinado and ½ cup water to a sauce pan. Turn to medium heat and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Tea: Steep your tea and let it come to room temperature. If making matcha, wait until just before serving so the matcha leaves do not settle. Then, whisk or blend 1 tablespoon of matcha with the 2 cups of room temperature, or cold water.
- Boba: Bring 3 cups of water to boil over high heat. Add the tapioca pearls and stir until they start floating to the surface. Turn the heat to medium and cook for 12 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 12 minutes.
- Drain the boba and add to a bowl with the simple syrup. Let cool. You can keep the boba in the simple syrup for up to 12 hours.
- Assemble: Add ⅓ cup of tapioca pearls to each glass. Top with 1 cup of tea, then 1 cup of non-dairy milk or creamer. Enjoy!