Boba Milk Tea with Pudding – 珍珠奶茶 (Zhēnzhū nǎichá)

Boba Milk Tea is one of the most well known and popular Taiwanese drinks. Even though more and more boba milk tea cafes are opening up around the world, it’s easy to make your own delicious boba milk tea at home!

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  • 1. Bring two pots of water to a boil. One pot should have 4 cups of water for the tea.
  • 2. While the water is coming to a boil, heat up a frying pan to prepare the syrup. Once heated, add one cup of brown sugar and one cup of water. Stir the syrup until the sugar is completely dissolved in the water. Set aside.
  • 3. When the water for the tea comes to a boil, put in the two teabags. Let the tea steep for 8 minutes on low heat.
  • 4. When the other pot comes to a boil, pour in the frozen package of boba. Once all of the boba rises to the top of the pot, lower the heat and simmer for 5 more minutes. After 5 minutes, taste the boba to make sure it is soft and chewy.
  • 5. Remove the boba from heat and drain the water. Put the boba in a bowl. Add 4 tablespoons of honey and half of the syrup. Mix well.
  • 6. Let the boba sit in the honey and syrup mixture for at least 30 minutes. Ideally, you should let it sit for 3 hours. This will allow the honey and syrup to seep into the boba and make it sweeter.
  • 7. Pour in the jasmine tea into a large pitcher. Then, add some ice and a half cup of half and half. Pour in the rest of the syrup. You can substitute half and half for skim milk and add the syrup (or don't add any at all!) to your taste. What makes this recipe great is that you can customize it any way you want!
  • 8. Stir the milk tea mixture.
  • 9. In a drinking glass, add some pudding and boba. Pour in the milk tea mixture. Stir and serve with a straw.
  • 10. Enjoy!

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