Establishing Habits for a Productive Life

How to Make Boba at Home


Everyone has their own comfort food.  For me, its boba. Also known as bubble tea, this Taiwanese drink has served as the excuse for countless study breaks and dozens of meet-ups with friends.

When I found boba pearls at my local Asian food market the other day, I knew I just had to perfect the recipe so I could have my boba anytime, without having to leave the house.


  • 1/2 cup dried boba (tapioca) pearls (I used WuFuYuan Green Tea Tapioca Pearls)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 or 3 Thai Tea tea bags
  • 1 tbsp condensed milk (or to taste)
  • ice

Pour two cups of water to boil in a saucepan over a stove. Add boba. Once boba float to the top, turn heat to medium and cook for another 6-8 minutes, or until mostly translucent.

While boba cooks, prepare simple syrup: bring 1/2 cup water to a boil, then turn off heat and add sugar. Stir until sugar is fully dissolved.

When boba is done, strain excess water out and rinse boba, then pour into simple syrup to prevent hardening. Steep tea for 5 minutes. Use 2 teabags if drink will ultimately be prepared hot, or use three if drink will be prepared cold. Add one heaping tablespoon of condensed milk to tea and stir well. Add boba pearls to drink. If you prefer, add ice, and enjoy!



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