Boba originated in Taiwan and has become a worldwide phenomenon. Boba, the beverage in its entirety, begins from Taiwan. Although, the exact origin is disputed as to which city and specific shop it actually started from. The renowned boba pearls were used in shaved ice desserts and combined with syrups, beans, and deliciously chewy rice balls. The milk tea was additionally consumed consistently, and fortunately, somebody chose to blend the two, consequently making it the famously adored beverage we have today. Comprising a tea base blended in with some milk, fruit, flavored syrups, and tapioca pearls, bubble tea is a fun and flavourful treat to drink.
Traditionally treated as more of a dessert drink for young people on account of its sweetness and chewy experience, the beverage has taken on more structures like coffee drinks, fruit teas, smoothies, and even cocktails as it gains admiration day by day. Quite contrary to popular belief, the "bubble" in bubble tea doesn't allude to the tapioca balls, i.e., boba. In fact, it alludes to the frothy air pockets that form at the top of the beverage when shaken.
Boba pearls are made of tapioca starch that comes from cassava, a root vegetable from South America that is also referred to as yuca. Boba is made by boiling it in steaming hot water. And this is how you know it's cooked perfectly: if it's hard, it's half-cooked. And if it's very soft, it's overcooked. But when it's delicate and chewy, it's perfect.
1 cup tapioca pearls (found in the dry goods section in Asian groceries)
4 cups freshly brewed strong black tea
1 tablespoon sugar
Ice cubes for shaking
1/2 cup whole milk
Soak the tapioca pearls according to the package instructions. Once fully reconstituted and softened, drain.
While the tea is still hot or warm, add the sugar and stir to dissolve completely. Let cool and then refrigerate until completely chilled, about 2 hours, before serving.
Place the tapioca pearls at the bottom of 2 cups. Use a cocktail shaker to shake together the ice, milk, and tea and strain into each cup, and serve.