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Homemade Bubble Tea

The other night my girlfriend and I had the inspiration to create homemade bubble tea. In an effort to reproduce my favorite Roasted Barley Milk Tea, we stumbled upon several tips and tricks, and even a pretty decent Regular Milk Tea recipe. Although we chose to make each piece of this recipe individually, I realized afterwards that much (if not all) of these recipes can be done in parallel, greatly decreasing the total time spent producing a cup of Boba.

Base Milk Tea Ingredients:

Tapioca Ingredients:

Now, if you buy everything exactly as it is on the above list, you will notice that the following directions are really just taken off each individual package. But of course, for your benefit, I have combined these (and a few of my own) directions here for you.

Roasted Barley Milk Tea Directions:
Starting with your 1L of water in a saucepan, and 2T of roasted barley (preferably inside a tea-infuser, so that you don't have to filter it later), bring the barley to a boil, and continue to just barely keep the boil going over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Remove the tea-infuser or filter the barley from the water, and add the 9 Ceylon Black Tea bags to the barley-water. Reduce heat to minimum, and allow tea bags to sit for 3-5 minutes. Squeeze and remove tea-bags. Whisk in a heaping 1/4 C of non-dairy creamer, and 1/4 C of sugar (additional sugar to taste). Set aside for 2 hours, or cool over an ice bath.

To cool via an ice bath, prepare a large bowl with ice that can fit the bottom of your saucepan in it. Continually stir the tea as the ice gradually cools the pan to a more manageable temperature. Boiling-temperature to ice-cold should be possible with about 10 minutes of work.

Sugar-Water Directions:
To make a sugar-water mixture (to keep the pearls in once they are cooked), simply bring to a boil 1 cup of water with 1 cup of sugar. Stir continuously, and once boiling, remove from heat and allow to cool completely. It will be runny, and the consistency of a thin syrup.

QQ Pearl Directions:
Prepare a medium bowl with about 4 cups of cool water (not iced cold) in it. In a large pot (you need a lid) bring about 20 cups of water to a rolling boil. Add the 2 cups of tapioca pearls to the water, and wait for them to rise to the top of the water. Once floating, cover the pot with the lid, and continue to boil for 8 minutes. Turn off heat, and leave for another 8 minutes. Strain pearls from hot water and place in cool-water bowl that you prepared earlier. Let stand for 1 minute. Strain pearls from cool-water, and place in sugar-water that was prepared earlier.

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