I’m really glad to hear you made this. For every cup of boba pearls you're cooking, bring at least 4 cups of water to a boil (i.e. gently reheat oven low heat until tapioca is warm and chewy. Once everything is dissolved and you have no clumps, take your pot off the heat. You can find these on Amazon or your local Asian market. It’s very similar to cooking your typical pasta. The water needs to be a rolling boil before putting it in with the sugar and tapioca. Serve immediately with a boba straw. Very important! So what am I do wrong if the dough is not sticky like mentioned and the dough falls apart easily while trying to roll it out. Store-bought boba pearls also have other additions to help keep their shape and prolong shelf life. 2- Roll the batons until they form a pea sized ball. The Little Epicurean contains paid advertising banners and sponsored posts. It just becomes a messy liquid (known as ooblek). The second stage is to cook the boba pearls in a sugar syrup. These will disappear when you knead the dough. One batch makes about 1 cup of uncooked boba pearls. Let mixture cool. However, these homemade boba pearls are made with just sugar, tapioca starch, and water. at least 4 times the volume of the boba pearls). The cooked tapioca pearls get their rich color from dark sugar! If you want to keep the color of the boba pearls vibrant, then I recommend using a combination of white sugar syrup or honey. Once you’ve rolled out a few noodles with those dimensions, begin to cut your dough into small bite-size pieces. Serve your boba with jasmine milk tea or thai tea. Or have you ever been to Phoenix? I’ll show you how to store and reuse already cooked boba pearls too! Beverages, Brunch, Tea, Tea / coffee break, Boba pearls, Brown sugar boba pearls, Brown sugar bubble tea, Bubble Tea, Gluten free, I love seeing what you’ve made! To prevent this, I like to keep a little tapioca starch in a bowl, and add the rolled up pearls into the bowl. Store them in air-tight containers, or vacuum seal them and freeze for later. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add in your freshly made tapioca dough balls. While you can cook your boba immediately, I found that drying them out for about two hours will help them keep their super round shape. Keeping them soaked in cold water prevents them from sticking to each other. A note about brown sugar – The darker the brown sugar, the more prominent the molassey sweetness of the tapioca pearls. Use more tapioca starch to cover the finished balls to prevent them from sticking together. I don’t keep leftover cooked boba pearls for too long – maximum 3 days (before we finish it!). I’m Dini, a third culture kid by upbringing and a food-geek by nature. If you cook them immediately, they do resemble raisins once you put them in the boiling water, but they round out a bit while cooking. Gently stir it all together. Your email address will not be published. It’d be a really fun activity to do with kids. Once you have all your ingredients ready, we’re ready to start making boba pearls from scratch. Better yet, get the whole family involved. And in a pinch, you can use white granulated sugar. Let them dry for 4 hours (if you want to store them for a long time). Boil about 10 cups of water in a large pot and then add about ½ cup of boba into the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. You will end up with a dry shaggy mess dough like the photograph above. Once you start seeing the mixture thicken on the bottom of the pan, remove it from the stove and begin to stir until the entire mixture thickens. Sponsor this article. I was born in Sri Lanka, grew up in New Zealand and lived in Australia, and then the US, before moving to Canada in 2019! The starter dough creates a matrix that allows the tapioca starch to form a stable dough. But if I do try it, I’ll let you know how it goes! Banana Pumpkin Bread with Figs and Pecans, Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies with hazelnut & sea salt, Champorado (Filipino Chocolate Rice Porridge), no artificial food coloring or preservatives, raw tapioca pearls can be frozen and used for later, homemade boba cooks quicker than store bought dried boba pearls. After a minute or two, you should see the brown sugar and water dissolve together. Do not fuss if dough gets dry or crumbly. Once all your tapioca balls are floating to the top, cook them for another minute or so and they should be ready. It should become slightly sticky and thicker to stir. This should happen in under five seconds. We’re sure you’re aware that bubble tea and boba are very delicious. If the dough is heating too quickly, you can momentarily remove it from the heat to whisk the dough to temper the heat. I steep the tea for much longer than directed on tea packages. This increasingly popular treat originates from Taiwan. Please note, in America, tapioca starch and tapioca flour are one in the same. It comes from the cassava root. Sometimes I get my husband to help. In Chinese, it is called as “木薯淀粉”. The first time it took us over an hour, but with eventual practice we got it down to about half hour. This increasingly popular treat originates from Taiwan. You can learn how to make brown sugar syrup here and soak your freshly cooked tapioca pearls here. Submit your question or recipe review here. If you add more cocoa powder than the recipe states, then you will definitely need to add more water to get the right consistency. Stir and fold mixture together in pot until shaggy dough forms. Knead quickly, as the dough will harden as it cools down and become hard to knead. They are made with tapioca starch (or starch from the cassava plant). This is normal! Tapioca pearls are an important component of bubble milk tea drinks that are originally from Taiwan, but are now common everywhere. If you pull your dough apart quickly, it should snap in the middle. You may be more familiar with the small white tapioca pearls used for making tapioca pudding. How to make Coffee Slushie (or Boozy Coffee Slushie), Iced Coffee Popsicles (Coffee Coconut Milk Popsicles), Perfect Classic Chocolate Eclairs (Foolproof Recipe), How to make Marshmallows (tips and tricks for homemade marshmallows), The Best Homemade Bread (White Bread Recipe), Classic Pound Cake (Tips for a Perfect, Moist Pound Cake), How to make the Best Instant Pot Short Ribs, Slow Roasted Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce. Using a spoon, drag some of the brown sugar syrup along the side of the glass to create brown syrup streaks (see pictures in the post).