Have you ever tried boba (bubble) tea before? There are all sorts of flavors and variations, but basically it's a sweet tea (or smoothie) that contains boba pearls you drink along with your beverage. Boba pearls are kind of like small, gummy candies. Strange, right? I think most people either end up loving it or hating it. But it's always fun to try new things.We used to serve boba tea at the our little boutique's sweet shop, so I've prepared the pearls hundreds of times. When I was first learning to prepare boba I found some information online to be very helpful, and some not so helpful. I'm going to share the method that works best for me and in the coming months we'll share some of our favorite boba tea recipes too.1. Start with 2 cups of dry boba pearls. There's lots of places to buy these online (and sometimes locally at asian markets as well). Boba can only be prepared up to 24 hours in advance so only make as much as you'll consume. Two cups is plenty for a small get-together, about 6-7 drinks.
2. Fill a large pot (the boba needs to be able to move around so they don't stick together) about 2/3 full of water. Bring this to a boil. Give it a stir and pour the boba pearls in. They should float to the surface within the first 20-30 seconds. If they don't float you may have a bad batch or you may not have allowed the water to boil all the way before adding the boba. 3. Allow the boba to cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring every so often.
4. Remove the pot from the heat and place a lid on top. Allow the boba to cook covered for an additional 10-12 minutes.
5. Strain the boba from the water and pour into a bowl/container. Add just enough cold water to cover the pearls. Stir in 1/4 cup brown sugar to sweeten the boba. Allow to cool before adding to drinks.Now that you know how to prepare the pearls, next up we'll be sharing some of our favorite boba tea recipes with you. For this batch I added boba to my honey and orange sweet tea. What about you? Have you ever tried boba before? Love it? Hate it? Totally weird you out? Let us know your thoughts and favorite flavors. 🙂 xo. Emma