How to Make Perfectly Chewy Boba

Tips for making bubble milk tea in your own kitchen!

Happy Saturday, everyone! The weather here has been gloomy all week, so I’ve been really looking forward to curling up in bed with a good book and a cup of tea. I recently picked up The Rosie Project again (as in opened it up on my Kindle app), and I’m also following along with Emma Watson’s book club. Have you guys been reading any books lately?

Anyway, as you may know, I am a huge fan of bubble milk tea (a.k.a. boba milk tea or tapioca milk tea). I haven’t posted any recipes in a while, so I wanted to share my tips and tricks for making your very own boba at home.

Here we go!

How to Make Perfectly Chewy Boba
Photo from Super Nummy


I won’t include any exact amounts here, as everyone has different preferences for sweetness and consistency. Play around with these guidelines and adjust them to your liking!

  1. Bring water to a boil over high heat.
  2. Add the boba and stir gently. This will prevent the boba from sticking together and turning into a huge blob. As the tapioca pearls start to cook through, they will float to the surface.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to stir every few minutes.
  4. Allow the boba to cook according to package instructions. I recommend tasting the boba as the finishing time approaches, so that you can match the consistency to your preferences.
  5. While the pearls are cooking, prepare some simple syrup. Simple syrup is one part sugar to one part water. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Remove from heat, then incorporate the sugar. I like to use brown sugar, or 50:50 brown:white sugar.
  6. Once the bubbles have reached their desired consistency, drain them and rinse lightly with warm or hot water. Do not rinse with cold water, as this will cause the bubbles to harden.
  7. Transfer the tapioca pearls to a bowl and cover them in simple syrup or honey.
  8. Add to your drink and enjoy!


  • Although best consumed fresh (within the same day), unfinished tapioca pearls in simple syrup will keep in the fridge for several days. When using them again, revive their chewiness with hot tea/water or 30-60 seconds in the microwave.
  • Boba can be purchased in any Asian grocery store. The best tapioca pearls are the ones that are made with 100% tapioca starch (no other starches).
  • I usually buy these tapioca pearls from 99 Ranch Market. These pearls are not 100% tapioca starch, but they cook quickly and still taste great.
  • If you’re making milk tea, make the tea twice as strong as usual. It will get diluted by the addition of milk and/or ice.
  • Use condensed milk to achieve the perfect milky sweetness.
  • To make things even easier, you can also buy pre-mixed milk tea bags. I really like this Kyoto Milk Tea and this Rose Fruity Milk Tea.

Have you made your own bubble milk tea at home, or do you plan to? Let me know!

2 thoughts on “How to Make Perfectly Chewy Boba”

  1. I got way too excited when I saw “Boba” in the title! haha. I’m such a huge fan of boba milk tea as well! I usually always go out and buy them but making it at home sounds like a great way to save money :p It doesn’t sound too difficult either, so I will be giving this a try soon! Thanks for the recipe & tips, Leanne! 🙂 Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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    1. It’s so delicious!! Do you have a favorite flavor of milk tea? 🙂
      Definitely let me know if you decide to try out this recipe! Storing the boba in simple syrup, as opposed to uncovered or in water, really perfects it.


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