Friday, April 10, 2015

How to Make Iced Boba Milk Tea 冰鎮波霸奶茶

Come learn how to make the authentic Taiwaniese style Iced Boba Milk Tea with video tutorial

If you’ve been to Asia or any Asian community in the States, you might have seen or tried an Iced Boba Milk Tea in the past.  Boba Milk Tea is a Taiwanese tea-based drink.  It is usually a tea-base mixed with milk and chewy tapioca balls.  Unlike the regular tiny tapioca (such as these), those used in Boba Milk tea are way bigger in size, it’s dark brown in color and quite chewy.  They are called Boba (波霸), hence the name Boba Milk Tea.

Come learn how to make the authentic Taiwaniese style Iced Boba Milk Tea with video tutorial

Nowadays, this Boba Milk Tea comes in many flavors in some cafes; such as matcha green tea, mango, coconut, strawberries, coffee, even taro, etc.  I’m a big fan of Boba Milk Tea and probably tried most of the exotic flavors out there. But I found myself always going back to the original flavor, time after time.  Simply because in the traditional milk tea, you can taste the slightly sweetened, earthy aroma of the black tea, and the silky smooth cream/milk that rounds out the drink and gives this drink the perfect flavor and texture.  Since I moved away from the Asian community for many years, I’ve been making this Iced Boba Milk Tea at home for quite some time!  Today, I’m sharing my recipe with you on how to make this authentic Taiwanese drink.  It’s so simple and way cheaper to make your own than getting one at the cafe.  Best of all, you can adjust the sweetness in your drink.   

Come learn how to make the authentic Taiwaniese style Iced Boba Milk Tea with video tutorial

Here is the video tutorial on how to make Iced Boba Milk Tea.

As I said, super easy, isn't it?  I hope you’re inspired to make your own Iced Boba Milk Tea at home.  hm…since I haven’t been to a Boba Tea shop for a while, I wonder if there’s any new and exotic flavors out there?  Feel free to share with me in the comment section below.  I can’t wait to hear from you. 

Come learn how to make the authentic Taiwaniese style Iced Boba Milk Tea with video tutorial

Ingredients and Tools used in this post:

Instant Boba (Click here for more information)
Boba Straws (Click here for more information)
Tetley Premium Black Tea Bags (Click here for more information)
Organic Blue Agave (Click here for more information)

Iced Boba Milk Tea 冰鎮波霸奶茶:
Makes: 2 (16 oz glasses)

1/2 cup fast cooking Boba (big tapioca pearls)
4 cups water
1 teaspoon agave
4 Tetley Premium Black Tea Bags
1 1/2 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons sugar
2 to 4 tablespoons half and half

In a medium pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil.  Add the Boba and give it a quick stir.  Once the Boba float on top, cover and simmer for 5 minutes (or follow the package of boba for cooking instructions).

When time is up, remove from heat and transfer boba to a bowl.  Stir in the agave and set aside.

Place the tea bags in a heat proof measuring cup with a beaker. Pour in 1 1/2 cup boiling water.  Stir in the sugar and let the tea steep for 5 minutes.

Fill 2 (16 oz) tall glasses with ice cube.  Then, evenly divided the tea into the glasses.  Then, add the boba into each glass.  Stir in the half & half and serve with the wide straws especially made for boba iced tea.  Enjoy!


  1. This bubble tea is quite popular here in Melbourne. Strangely, I've never try it before. Thanks for sharing the recipe Amy.

    1. You're most welcome, Veronica. I'm sure you'll love this homemade version as you can adjust the sweetness yourself. :) Enjoy.

  2. Faaaaaaaaaaabulous.
    I loved the video, too!! xxx

  3. Replies
    1. Thanks, Angie. Yes, it's definitely tasty! I make this almost every single day for afternoon tea. :P

  4. Thanks for the tutorial! Now I can enjoy this drink in the comfort of my own home without needing to go out and buy it. :)

    1. Yes, that's the best part...enjoy your lovely drink without stepping out of your home. ;)

  5. Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelicious!!! I have to admit, I spend at least $10 on this every week (but that's just for me, I didn't count for my entire family yet!)..... I think I need to make my own boba soon!! Thank you for sharing the recipe and video! Now I need some boba! :)

    1. hehe....I used to spend as much as you do on Boba drinks (well, maybe even more) when I was living around the Asian community! I guess moving away was a good thing, after all. hahaha...hope you'll enjoy this drink at home too.