How to Make Tapioca Pearls (Boba) | Bubble Tea

Learn how to make tapioca pearls (boba) at home for bubble tea with this easy 3 ingredient recipe. The best part about making tapioca pearls from scratch is that you get to customise the size, texture, flavour and colouring. For our boba pearl recipe, no food colouring is used. Therefore the pearls will come out white. Let’s get boba making! Serves 2 people.

Provided by: Victoria

Categories: Dessert Drinks Snack

Time: 30 min

Yield: 2 servings

Number Of Ingredients: 3



Prep Time

48 mins

Cook Time

2:35 hours

Total Time

2:32 hours

100 g tapioca starch
50 g brown sugar
80 ml water
Boil 60ml of water and add 30g of brown sugar.
Once it is well incorporated and bubbling, turn the heat off. Add half of the tapioca starch and mix well.
While the mixture is still hot, slowly add the rest of the starch flour in increments and mix well again. A slightly sticky dough should form. Allow the mixture to slightly cool before proceeding to the next step.
On a flat surface, knead the dough. Sprinkle some of the flour and roll out the mixture to about 1-1.5cm thick.
Using a knife, cut these into 1.5cm by 1.5cm squares.
Roll these in your hand into small ball shapes. Cover in some dry tapioca starch to avoid the balls from sticking to each other.
Cooking Boba
Boil 8 cups of water and add the dry tapioca pearls. Allow this to cook on for 6-8 minutes on medium-high heat.
Turn to low heat and allow this to cook for another 5-10 minutes. Remove the tapioca pearls from the boiling water once these begin to float to the surface.
In another pot, boil 20ml of water and 20g of brown sugar for 5 minutes and reduce to a syrup.
Add the boba immediately to an ice bath for 1 minute.
Put the tapioca pearls into the prepared brown sugar syrup on low heat. Allow this to steep for at least 6-8 minutes or until the syrup thickens to a desired consistency. Stir occasionally. This can be immediately added to hot drinks. For cold drinks, allow the mixture to rest for 10-15 minutes before assembling.