Green Bubble Tea

Green Bubble Tea

I tasted bubble tea for the first at a small cafe in Hoboken, New Jersey about five years ago. I loved it. I haven’t tasted it since. After my friend, V, inspired me to make my own bubble tea, I decided to experiment. I’ve spent the last several days getting to know tapioca pearls and I’m revisiting my love for bubble tea.

In case you’re not that familiar with bubble tea, it’s a tea beverage that originated in Taiwan in the 1980s. Most bubble teas contain a tea mixed with fruit and/or milk and often tapioca pearls. The type of tea used varies as well as the ingredients added. I opted for a green tea with black tapioca pearls. I visited a local Asian supermarket and I stocked up on black tapioca pearls, matcha (see notes section below), green tea, and thick straws. What I love about green bubble tea is that it contains healthy green tea, it’s naturally colorful (no dyes used), it’s a sweet and delicious treat, and it makes a fun drink for kids because they’ll love the color and texture of the chewy pearls.

A couple of notes:

  • I recommend large black tapioca pearls. At first, I purchased large white tapioca pearls and I ran into problem after problem. They broke apart. They clumped up into a huge mass. They were mushy on the outside but starchy on the inside. If you know a secret about cooking these pearls, please let me know.
  • Thick straws are a must with these large pearls. The pearls will get lodged in standard straws. I was able to get them at the Asian supermarket with the other ingredients.
  • Matcha can also be purchased at an Asian supermarket in the tea section. This is a key ingredient to the green bubble tea. It’s basically finely milled Japanese green tea. It creates a powder and sugar is added to it. It naturally provides a beautiful green color and great flavor.

Green Bubble Tea

Green Bubble Tea
 
Ingredients
  • 5 ice cubes
  • ½ cup green tea brewed
  • ½ cup milk of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon matcha
  • ¼ cup cooked tapioca pearls (see below)
  • TAPIOCA PEARLS:
  • 6 cups water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup raw tapioca pearls
Instructions
  1. In a cocktail shaker, add above ingredients except tapioca pearls. Shake well. Add tea mixture to a nice glass. Add cooked tapioca pearls and a thick straw to glass. Enjoy! Makes 1 bubble tea.
  2. TAPIOCA PEARLS: In a medium saucepan, boil 6 cups of water. Once water reaches a boil, add brown sugar and mix well. Add tapioca pearls and cook for 10 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally. Makes enough pearls for 4 bubble teas.

Have you ever tried bubble tea?

What’s your favorite flavor?

  • http://www.zomppa.com Belinda @zomppa

    Love bubble tea, but never tried to make it on my own!

  • JJP

    Wow it looks absolutely yummy! It’s tougher to make green milk tea than regular milk tea because of the need to balance the inherited bitterness of jap match/green tea. Amazing job to the tea selection tip!!! Can’t wait to try~ ;)

    • Trish

      Thanks V! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • http://www.holdthebeef.com Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    I love bubble tea, but never have I thought to make it myself. This looks just right! Having a major craving right now, and luckily I live about a 5 minute walk from multiple bubble tea places :)

  • RavieNomNoms

    I have never heard of bubble tea, but it looks amazing! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Trish

      @conor @raviernomnoms Thanks for reading, guys! You should give it a go. It’s great.

  • http://www.cooksbookblog.com Marisa

    I’ve never heard of bubble tea. It sounds like fun and looks good too! I’d like to try it out someday.

  • http://www.anutritionisteats.com emily (a nutritionist eats)

    So pretty!
    I am not a huge fan of the bubble tea…just because I don’t really care for the bubbles, but I’ll happily drink the tea! :)

  • http://gigabiting.com/ Gigabiting

    I didn’t even know you could buy tapioca pearls like that. Very cool idea.

  • http://www.thewickednoodle.com the wicked noodle

    What a fun drink! And kudos for being a Healthbuzz editor!

    • Trish

      Thank you :)

  • http://joyjoycreativeoutlet.blogspot.com Joy

    I love love love bubble tea. Yours looks great.

  • http://www.foodienutritionist.com Emily @ Foodie/Nutritionist

    Nice!! It makes me really happy that you have a recipe for this! I love bubble tea, and used to drink it all the time when I was a teenager (not so great for me sugar-wise, lol). I haven’t had it in a long time though, maybe the next time I do I will follow your recipe!

  • http://kathleeniscookinginmexico.wordpress.com/ Cooking in Mexico

    I have loved bubble tea ever since I discovered it in Los Angeles. And I, too, have had problems cooking the tapioca pearls. Now, it is easier to buy a tall cup of melon bubble tea when I am north of the border, rather than fight the sticky pearls. Litchi bubble tea is out of this world!

    Kathleen

    • Trish

      @joy @emily @cookinginmexico Thanks for reading, guys. I’m glad I’m not the only one with tapioca cooking mishaps, Kathleen :)

  • http://www.indiencooking.blogspot.com Suchitra

    really interesting recipe- gotta try this out!

    • Trish

      thank you ;)

  • http://thechefdoc.blogspot.com Hester

    Mmm, I love my boba :-) Milk tea is my favorite! Thanks so much for sharing this, Trish. This is inspiring me to go make the perfect milk tea boba!