Homemade Brown Sugar Bubble Tea
I drank bubble tea every day when I visited Taiwan, and decided to bring back some tapioca pearls (boba) to make my own at home. This is a versatile recipe: you can vary the type of tea and milk you use, and sweeten it to taste. Brew tea to your preferred strength, though it's a good idea to use strong tea because you're going to dilute it with milk and ice. You'll need a wide straw to drink up the boba, or use a long spoon to fish them out!
Substitute 4 tea bags for the loose-leaf tea if preferred. Use any kind of black or green tea you like!
I did not use quick-cooking tapioca pearls. If you buy that variety, either online or from an Asian market, follow the cooking instructions on the package.
Boba are best if used within a few hours of cooking, but will keep refrigerated for a few days. They will gradually harden over time.