I wonder how they cook tapioca pearls? How long does it take to cook tapioca pearls? How do they make these boba pearls so delicious?
If you’ve asked yourself this before, stay tuned! We’ll teach you how to cook tapioca pearls here.
Cooking tapioca pearls for your favorite bubble tea isn’t as difficult as you may think it is.
There are just a few ingredients you need to get started. And a bit of time. Read on for how to cook tapioca pearls for bubble tea or boba.
Cooking Tapioca Pearls with Store-Bought Tapioca Pearls
There are 3 things you need to have before cooking your tapioca pearls.
First, obviously you’ll need your tapioca pearls. You can find these in your local Asian supermarket. If you have trouble finding them, they may sometimes be in the freezer section.
Second, you’ll need a pot of water. Any non-stick pot will work. If you’re interested this is the non-stick pot that we use in the office a lot of time and it works well for us. There’s nothing worse than trying to clean boba pearls that have been stuck on the bottom of your pot. It’s way too tough!
And third, you’ll need some sort of sweetener. This helps with the overall flavor of your boba pearls. Most boba shops use a mix of brown sugar syrup or caramel made from scratch.
You can buy brown sugar syrup at a supermarket or online. But, if you have time and want to try a fun DIY project, you can learn how to make brown sugar syrup from Talk Boba.
Wash and Prepare Your Tapioca Pearls for Bubble Tea
Like we mentioned before. Find yourself a highly rated and reviewed tapioca pearl brand in your local Asian supermarket for the best tapioca pearls made at home.
There are many tapioca pearl brands out there as you can imagine. If you’re having trouble, we’d suggest buying these tapioca pearls. Based on previous reviews and our own personal use, we stand by these.
Once you have your tapioca pearls handy, measure out a serving or two that you’d like to cook.
Or simply measure out 100g of tapioca pearls.
If the package of tapioca pearls or boba that you bought contains a lot of excess tapioca starch or flour, feel free to wash it.
We’d recommended using a baking sifter because the holes won’t allow any tapioca pearls to slip out. A great inexpensive sifter that works well (we tend to use this one a lot) is made from Neeshow.
Now, once you have your tapioca pearls or boba readily prepared, let’s continue!
Cook Your Tapioca Pearls in a Pot of Boiling Water
Let’s begin preparing a pot of boiling water for your tapioca pearls to swim in.
Any stainless steel pot that can hold up to at least 4 quarts or more of water is a perfect size.
This step is very simple as you can imagine. Simply fill your pot with water. You can typically find the exact amount of water required on the back of the packaging of your store-bought tapioca pearls.
Once you have your pot filled with water, bring the water to a rumbling boil (212 degrees Fahrenheit or 100 degrees Celsius).
From here you can add your tapioca pearls or boba that you bought from the store. Careful not to splash as you put your boba pearls in boiling water.
Continue to boil your tapioca pearls for about 15-20 minutes (until softened). Or however long the packaging says on the back of your tapioca pearl’s package.
Some tapioca pearl packages will take less than 5 minutes. Carefully check your label.
While your tapioca pearls are swimming in a very hot bath of water, we can begin the sweetener.
Add a Sweetener to Your Tapioca Pearls for More Flavor
As your tapioca pearls are finish cooking, begin to prepare your sweetener. There are some different methods of sweetener you can use: simple syrup, brown sugar, or even condensed milk.
Let’s stick with brown sugar for this one.
If you have any brown sugar laying around the cabinets of your beautiful home, be sure to grab that. Otherwise, we’ll have to make a trip back to the grocery store and get some brown sugar.
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Once you have your brown sugar, mix a serving of brown sugar with a cup of water and bring it to a slight boil in a non-stick pot.
Be sure to steadily stir your mixture as you slowly bring it to a boil. Once you start to see a slight boil, turn down the heat to medium and begin stirring every so often for about 10 minutes. Or until you have a thick syrupy consistency.
The last thing we want is to burn the sugar and have it stick to the pot for the worst clean up ever… (we’ve been here before).
After 10 minutes has passed (or right consistency is found), pour the mixture into your favorite bowl. Here’s one of our favorites, it reminds us of our childhood rice bowls
Bringing it All Together for Delicious Bubble Tea or Boba
Once the tapioca pearls have the right consistency we can begin mixing everything together. Strain your finished tapioca pearls and add it into the brown sugar syrup mixture we just created.
Give the tapioca pearls and the sweetener a good stir when they’re both in the same bowl. Be sure to have the tapioca pearls submerged and completely covered with your brown sugar mixture too!
Now, let it sit for about 5-10 minutes before serving. We do this so the tapioca pearls soak up some of the sweetened brown sugar taste for each bite. It’ll be sweet, malty, and delicious!
What’s the last step?
You guessed it, serving! Feel free to serve with your favorite bubble tea flavor. We like Thai milk tea and taro milk tea, in case you’re wondering.
What about you?
Let us know what your favorite bubble tea flavor is and how you did with cooking tapioca pearls or boba pearls at home. If you enjoyed this and learned something new, be sure to let us know in our exclusive Talk Boba group. We share funny stories about our boba experiences good or bad.
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