How to make ★Bubble Tea★from scratch! 〜タピオカの作り方〜(EP127)

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Today I’m going to be making, Bubble tea from scratch!

Bubble tea or Boba tea is booming in Japan. We call it as “Tapioca” and it looks never peak out. Especially, young people crazy about it. They are in a long line to have just one bottle.

The chewy small starchy balls have attracted Japanese people.

But I don’t want to be in a long line, so I decided to make them from scratch.

Shaping tapioca pearl is time-consuming job but it’s worth it.

While I am shaping, I am watching Netflix! Lol.  

But I am kind a lazy person, so I was wondering what if I didn’t shape it?

I boiled the dough without shaping; it turns out….just as it was.Lol.  But still taste good.  So if you don’t mind the shape, you can skip the shaping!

I also made with potato starch instead of tapioca starch.

Potato starch is the most common starch in the Japanese household.

It turns out good.  But it was slightly less chewy compare to tapioca starch.  Still tastes good. Notice that it is going to firm soon after cooking so I recommend eating right away.  

I prefer tapioca starch.

Here is a problem.

I totally forgot about straw for bubble tea!

I am such a stupid to make it with a plastic bag.  It didn’t work at all!

You should purchase boba straw online before you try.

Today, I used a spoon and regular straw to enjoy the bubble tea.

It tastes still good without a straw.

Brown sugar milk tastes nostalgic. It reminds me of my childhood.

Milk tea has an intense tea flavor because we simmer in a pot. This is the most popular flavor in Japanese tapioca tea shop.

I like Matcha the best! Matcha is so unique for us, and it goes well with milk!

The chewy tapioca pearls are so unique in texture; we call it Mochi-Mochi. The reason why we love the texture is I think we live on rice, we love the texture which resembles rice.

Summer is almost over, but bubble tea boom is still going on!

Give it a try and let me know how you like it!

Bubble tea

Bubble tea aka "Tapioca" in Japan
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: black tapioca pearls from scratch, boba tea, brown sugar milk, bubble tea, japan, japanese food, タピオカ
Servings: 3
Cost: $6


  • pot, bowl


black tapioca pearls

  • 25 g dark brown sugar
  • 50 g tapioca starch or potato starch. Corn starch can not be a substitute.
  • 40 ml water

dark sugar syrup

  • 50 g dark brown sugar
  • 150 ml water

milk tea

  • 1 tbsp tea leaf Assam or Kenya is my favorite for milk tea
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup whole milk any milk of your choice

matcha milk

  • ½ tbsp matcha powder
  • ½ tbsp powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp boiling water
  • cup whole milk any milk of your choice

brown sugar milk

  • cup whole milk any milk of your choice


black tapioca pearls

  • Put your dark brown sugar and 1/3 of tapioca starch into a pot and pour water. Stir to dissolve. Turn the heat to medium, keep stirring, cook until thickened. Stir vigorously until it looks translucent. Add in the rest of the tapioca starch, and mix to combine. 

    Take out onto your working surface and knead by hand because it's much easier to combine. 

    It doesn't look comes together, but do not add moisture. It will come together sooner or later. Keep kneading until it comes to one lump.
    If the dough is too sticky to handle, add some tapioca starch or potato starch and keep kneading.

  • When the dough becomes even like this, let's shape into pearls.

    Roll the dough out to a thin rope like this. Cut into small dice. 

    Dust with tapioca starch or potato starch, shape into small balls.

    It's time-consuming but it's worth it.

    Dust the tapioca pearls with potato starch or tapioca starch to prevent from stick each other.

  •  Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add in the tapioca pearls and cook on medium-low heat for about 6 to 7 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent stick to each other. Cook until the pearls floated to the surface, then cook until it looks translucent. 

    Taste it if you are not sure about cooked or not.

    Take out with slotted spoon and soak in ice bath to create chewy texture. 

dark sugar syrup

  • Put your dark brown sugar and water into a pot. Bring it to a boil and dissolve sugar. 

    Add in drained tapioca pearl, and cook for a couple of minutes. 

    Transfer to a container and leave it until cool to room temperature.

milk tea

  • Bring your water to a boil and add in the tea leaf. Stir to distribute evenly, and cook for 30 seconds. 

    Add in whole milk and cook until just before boiling. 
    Strain into a jug. Set aside until used.

matcha syrup

  • Shift together the matcha powder and powdered sugar.

    Add in boiling water and mix to dissolve. Set aside until used.

Assembling brown sugar milk bubble tea

  • Spoon your tapioca pearls into a bottom of your glass.

    Add in more syrup if you wanted to.

    Fill with whole milk for the right. It's the most simple flavor "Brown sugar milk."

Assembling milk tea bubble tea

  • Spoon your tapioca pearls into a bottom of your glass.

    Add in more syrup if you wanted to.

    Fill it with the milk tea we prepared earlier.

Assembling matcha milk bubble tea

  • Pour the matcha syrup to the left, and fill with whole milk. 


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