The Perfect Popping Bobas for Bubble Tea

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Popping boba, in essence, is an exciting bubble tea topping which literally bursts with fruity or mellow deliciousness. It’s a type of dessert pearl, somewhat like tapioca pearls, made with vibrant fruit juice. But how do you really use the popping bobas to make your tea taste much more flavoursome and mouthwatering? How do you even choose the perfect ones for your bubble tea? Let’s keep reading to know more about it. 

Popping Bobas - How Are They Usually Made?

If you are a curious fan of bubble tea, you’ve probably heard or tasted popping bobas at least once in your lifetime. But have you ever wondered how they are usually made?

The texture, which these sweet treats come with, are provided by two food additives - calcium salt and sodium alginate. They are safe and pretty common in molecular gastronomy. 

However, in some cases, some people also use agar-agar powder to make popping bobas. It is more common than the former and offers a decent taste to your tea as well. 

Making Bubble Tea with Popping Boba - How to Begin?

Like any other form of gastronomical venture, you'll have to start by gathering ingredients. In this case, you'll need some 

  • Tea bags (black, green, or whatever your preference is), 

  • Milk or a milk alternative, 

  • Sweetener (like simple syrup or honey), 

  • Ice cubes, and of course, 

  • Those delightful popping boba balls. 

You can find these at Asian grocery stores in various flavours. However, if you've missed out on something, you may also try ordering online. It’ll be more convenient.

Once everything’s in order, you can begin making the cup filled with deliciousness.

Step - 1: Brew the Tea

Start by brewing your tea. You can make it strong or light, depending on your taste. Once it's done, let it cool down to room temperature and then pop it in the fridge to chill. 

But make sure that you’re not keeping it for too long in your refrigerator. It may not taste too well, truth be told. Doing it for 15 to 30 minutes will be enough in our opinion.

Step - 2: Sweeten It Up Properly

While your tea is cooling, you can prepare a simple syrup if you don't have one already. Just mix equal parts of sugar and hot water until the sugar dissolves. 

Let it cool properly before using. If you want to use honey, that will work too. Just ensure that you’re sweetening it up as per your taste. The popping boba will change its taste anyway.

So, there’s no need to go overboard.

Step - 3: Get the Milk Ready

If you're using milk or a milk alternative, ensure it's chilled as well. You can use regular milk, almond milk, soy milk – whatever floats your boba boat.

However, if you are lactose intolerant, it’s advised not to use regular milk at all. You may use the other forms of milk if you want to - but do it after talking to your doctor about it.

Step - 4: Assemble Everything and Add the Milk

Fill your glass with ice cubes. Pour in the chilled tea until it's about 2/3 full. If you like it less strong, adjust the tea-to-milk ratio accordingly.

Now, pour in the milk until it's about 1/3 of the remaining space in your glass. You can adjust this based on how creamy you want your bubble tea to be.

Step - 5: Add the Sweetener and the Bobas

Time to add that sweetener. Begin with a tablespoon or two of your simple syrup or honey. Adjust according to your taste. Give it a good stir to make sure everything's nicely mixed.

Finally, the star of the show – popping boba! Spoon these little flavour bursts right on top of your drink. They'll slowly sink and add a delightful surprise with every sip.

Ending It in a Sweetening Note

Remember, the beauty of bubble tea is that you can customise it to your liking. If you want more boba, go for it! If you're into fruity teas, you can experiment with different flavours. So, have fun and enjoy your homemade creation to the fullest!


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