Bubble tea or Boba tea is popping up all over town… Remember you heard about it first here… Or did You?
I have been very intrigued by this new food trend on the internet : a flavoured cold tea made with coloured tapioca balls! A foray into a Soho supermarket had delivered the “bobas” but I was very puzzled as to what to do with them. I understand they make puddings with tapioca in Asia but the idea of a drink seemed fun and I set myself the challenge to come up with a version I would actually be OK serving to my children.
This is not much of a recipe: more of a “How to” and tips…
Boil the tapioca balls in a pan full of boiling water for about 15 min. Let them steep and cool. Drain them and coat them with honey or agave syrup. Reserve in the fridge until ready to use.
Prepare a strong black tea (mint or earl grey flavoured) and leave it to cool.
The next day, put a spoonful of bobas into a tall glass.
In a shaker, blend the tea with a third of almond milk and a spoonful of almond cream (in health stores). Shake until frothy and pour onto the bobas pearls. Drink cold with the help of a large straw or a spoon to get to the pearls! They are chewy and quite fun to have. This version is healthier and not as sweet as the ones in bubble tea bars, I gather, but truly fun and quite delicious! It would be a great drink to serve at a kiddies party…