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Boba (Coconut Milk Black Tea with Tapioca Pearls)

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"Boba tea, or bubble tea, is a popular drink that originated from Taiwan. I made this coconut variation because I had coconut cream on hand and wanted something different from the regular black milk tea variation. This coconut version tastes just like the one you'll find in a bubble tea cafe."
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2 h 10 m servings 642
Original recipe yields 5 servings (5 glasses)


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  1. Bring water to a boil in a large stockpot. Pour in tapioca and simmer for 25 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. Remove from heat and let balls sit in water for 25 minutes.
  2. Return stockpot to the heat; simmer and stir for 25 minutes more. Remove from heat and let rest again until centers of the balls are no longer powder, another 25 minutes. Drain.
  3. Combine brown sugar and white sugar in a large bowl. Pour tapioca balls into the sugar mixture. Cover with a damp cloth and let rest for 15 minutes while preparing the tea.
  4. Process tea, coconut cream, ice, milk, and sugar together in a blender until combined.
  5. Scoop 1/4 cup of the tapioca into each tall glass and fill with tea. Enjoy with large straws to suck up the tapioca, or use spoons.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • For a more pronounced black tea taste, use Hong Kong-style tea bags.
  • Substitute half-and-half for the milk if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 642 calories; 28.5 98.5 4.6 4 47 Full nutrition

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This was yummy. I like things less sweet so I did not add sugar to the tea mix itself. I just used a some of the syrup from the bubbles to sweeten. I used the instant boba and cooking time w...

Absolutely delicious. The method in this recipe works perfectly. The coconut cream really gives it body. Keep leftover pearls in the fridge. Thank you for the recipe.