Boba tea is very popular in the whole of Asia nowadays, particularly in the Philippines. Like so many fads and trends, Filipinos are quick to accept the introduction of this tea-based beverage, which is said to have been invented in Taiwan. Indeed, there is rarely a mall in the country that doesn’t showcase stalls that sell this drink.
However, while this drink is bought from popular stalls, it is surprising to learn that one can easily make or prepare this beverage at home. As long as that person is equipped with the right ingredients, he or she can serve as many of this drink as possible. It is very easy to find ice, honey, and fruits in the supermarket, but where can one purchase the black pearls?
Fortunately, here in the Philippines, supermarkets now sell black pearls by a pack. One can usually find these in the chillers, as the tapioca balls need to be frozen to be kept fresh. The kind of tapioca that a person should buy should be based on the actual time when he or she is planning to serve the tea.
For example, if a person is craving boba tea, and if he is purchasing these tapioca balls so that he can prepare the beverage immediately after getting home, then he is encouraged to purchase the quick-boiling bobas. These only need to be boiled for ten to fifteen minutes before being added to the tea. On the other hand, if the tea will be served a day after the purchase, the recommended product are the dried pearls.
To make boba tea, one should first cook the tapioca pearls. The method of cooking is similar to preparing rice. However, in this case, two cups of water should be added to the pan for every quarter cup of tapioca pearls.
The water should be boiled at a high temperature before adding the tapioca pearls. At first, the pearls will sink to the bottom but once they are cooked, they will slowly rise toward the surface. Once the pearls are all floating, lower the temperature to medium, and continue to boiling process for fifteen minutes.
After fifteen minutes, switch off the stove, and let the pan sit for another fifteen minutes. At this point, it is the best time to make the syrup. It is just a matter of dissolving sugar in a pot of water until the liquid turns brown and thick.
Drain the water from the pan containing the bobas, and drop the pearls in the sugar syrup for fifteen minutes. During this time, one is encouraged to make his preferred tea. Once this is done, the bobas can be added to the tea, even while hot.
On the other hand, if it is not yet time to prepare the tea, but the bobas have been cooked and placed in the sugar syrup, this mixture can be refrigerated. Once frozen, it can be defrosted by heating it in a pan or using a microwave. No matter the method, it is guaranteed that the softness and flavor of the tapioca pearls will remain intact.
Boba tea is very easy to create, and it is such a fun activity to experiment with its flavors. For milk lovers, bubble tea can instantly be made by adding milk and shaking the tea. For fruit lovers, they can add any fruit they want into the mix.
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