Originated in Taiwan in the early 1980s, Boba tea (or bubble milk tea) has become a famous drink in most Southeast Asia countries. It has also spread internationally all over the world. Vietnam is not an exception. The traditional milk tea version combines tea, milk, sugar, and black pearls made from tapioca. Currently, pearl milk tea has many different variations in many countries.

This article will introduce to you 5 simple Vietnamese boba tea recipes that can be made at home, using available ingredients to save time and cost.

 Boba milk tea
Making Boba milk tea has become a trend for whom loves the drink

1. How to prepare the pearls (boba)

Pearls have a sweet taste with an eye-catching dark brown color that makes a cup of milk tea more attractive. Therefore, making delicious pearls manually while ensuring food safety is the best choice for those who love Vietnamese boba milk tea.

Ingredients for making pearls (boba) – used for 4 cups:

  • Tapioca flour: 150 gram
  • Rice flour: 10 gram
  • Cocoa powder: 5 gram
  • Brown sugar: 100 gram
Tapioca flour & cocoa powder
Tapioca flour & cocoa powder are the main ingredients to cook traditional brown pearls

Cooking instructions:

For traditional pearls:

  • Pour 150g of tapioca starch, 10g of rice flour, 5g of cocoa powder, and 30g of brown sugar in a bowl and stir to combine. If you want the white pearls, do not add cocoa powder in this step.
  • Pour in 120ml of boiling water and continue to stir. After about 5 minutes, the tapioca starch gradually sticks.
  • Divide the mixture into 4 parts and shape them into a long cylinder about 1 cm diameter. Then, cut into small pieces about 1 cm and turn each one into a circle.
  • Wrap a thin layer of tapioca starch on the surface to prevent the pearls from sticking together.
  • Boil 500ml of water, add all the pearls, adjust the medium heat and cook for 25 minutes.
  • After 25 minutes, turn off the heat, take out the pearls and soak them in cold water right away.
  • After 2 minutes, take it out and let it dry.

For brown sugar pearls, do the next steps:

  • Continue to heat the pan on the stove, add 70g of brown sugar and 50ml of water, boil this mixture.
  • Use a spoon to stir until the brown sugar is dissolved completely in the water.
  • After 5 minutes, add the pearls and stir for another 7 minutes.
  • After the pearls are well-done and the sugar turns black, turn off the heat and let it cool for 30 minutes.
The brown sugar pearls before and after boiling
The brown sugar pearls before and after boiling

To preserve for a long time, you put the pearls in a sealed container and cover them with plastic wrap. Then you should put them in the refrigerator. You can use it for 3-4 days without affecting the softness of the pearls.

2. 5 popular recipes of Vietnamese boba milk tea

After completing the preparation of boba or pearl, it is time to learn how to make Vietnamese boba tea. Here are top 5 popular recipes that you can make easily at home.

2.1. Vietnamese classic boba milk tea

Vietnamese classic boba milk tea is a combination of black tea (red tea) with milk, adding toppings such as pearls, jelly, pudding, creating a drink that is always present in the menu of the shops. This is considered the most traditional and popular milk tea in the market.

Ingredients:

  • Black tea: 15 gram (or 2 Cozy tea bags)
  • Boiled water: 200ml
  • Sugar: 20 gram
  • Milk powder (or fresh milk): 60 gram
  • Pearls, ice

Brewing instructions:

  • Put 15g of black tea into the tea strainer.
  • Add 200ml of boiling water, steep the tea for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, take out the tea strainer, put in 20g of sugar.
  • Add 60g of milk powder.
  • Stir gently so that the tea, sugar, and milk powder are completely dissolved.
  • Add the pearls, ice and enjoy
Black tea or red boba tea
Black tea or red tea is the main ingredient to brew Vietnamese classic boba milk tea

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2.2. Brown sugar boba milk tea

Brown sugar boba milk tea is one of the extremely delicious drinks in Vietnam. Many different types of users like this drink, especially young people. For this drink, the most important thing is the taste of brown sugar. The ingredients and recipe are quite the same as the classic boba milk tea, you just need to replace the traditional sugar with brown sugar and the classic pearls with the brown sugar pearls.

Ingredients

  • Black tea: 15 gram (or 2 Cozy tea bags)
  • Boiled water: 200 ml
  • Brown sugar: 20 gram
  • Milk powder (or fresh milk): 60 gram
  • Brown sugar pearls, ice
Brown sugar
Brown sugar – the ingredients which make the typical color and taste of brown sugar boba milk tea

Instructions

  • Put 15g of black tea into the tea strainer.
  • Add 200ml of boiling water, steep the tea for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, take out the tea strainer, put in 20g of brown sugar.
  • Add 60g of milk powder.
  • Stir gently so that the tea, sugar, and milk powder are completely dissolved.
  • Add the brown sugar pearls, ice and enjoy.
Brown sugar boba milk tea
Brown sugar boba milk tea is one of the most favorite drinks in Vietnam for the youths

2.3. Vietnamese boba tea with fruit jelly

Fruit jelly is a topping that is loved by many Vietnamese milk tea consumers thanks to the crispy, chewy and fresh taste of each fruit like peach, mango, or lychee, etc. Fruit jelly milk boba tea has the typical flavor of fresh fruit mixed with the sweet taste of tea and milk.

Ingredients

  • Black tea: 15 gram (or 2 Cozy tea bags)
  • Boiled water: 200 ml
  • Sugar: 100 gram
  • Milk powder: 60 gram
  • Jelly powder: 10 gram
  • Fruit (mango, peach, apple…)
  • Fruit syrups
  • Ice, pearls (optional)

How to make the fruit jelly

  • Wash and cut fruits into small pieces put the separate type into a tray with small cells.
  • Add 10g of jelly powder and 100g of sugar and mix well.
  • Boil about 400ml of water
  • Add jelly powder and stir slowly.
  • Cook for about 2 minutes and turn off the heat.
  • Add colored syrups and stir until the syrup and jelly dissolve together.
  • Pour the jelly into the cells containing the fruit.
  • Wait for the mixture to cool completely, put it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to make the jelly harder.

Brewing instructions

  • Put 15g of black tea into the tea strainer. Then add 200ml of boiling water, steep the tea for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, take out the tea strainer, put in 20g of sugar. Next, add 60g of milk powder.
  • Stir gently so that the tea, sugar, and milk powder are completely dissolved.
  • Add the fruit jelly, pearls, ice, and enjoy.
Fruit jelly
Fruit jelly is a favorite topping for a lot of milk tea lovers

2.4. Jasmine milk tea with boba

Jasmine tea is used popularly in families today because it has a sedative effect, helping to keep the mood in a relaxed and comfortable state. In particular, the light aroma and taste of jasmine tea are good for the human digestive system. Jasmine tea is also a popular ingredient for making milk tea because of its characteristic aroma.

Ingredients

  • Jasmine green tea: 15 gram (or 2 Cozy Jasmine tea bags)
  • Boiled water: 200 ml
  • Sugar: 20 gram
  • Milk powder (or fresh milk): 60 gram
  • Pearls, ice

Brewing instructions

  • Put 15g of jasmine green tea into the tea strainer. Then add 200ml of boiling water, steep the tea for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, take out the tea strainer, put in 20g of sugar. Next, add 60g of milk powder.
  • Stir gently so that the tea, sugar, and milk powder are completely dissolved.
  • Add the pearls, ice and enjoy.
Jasmine boba milk tea
Jasmine boba milk tea still keeps the light & natural aroma of jasmine flower

2.5. Vietnamese butterfly pea boba tea

Vietnamese butterfly pea boba tea is a kind of herbal milk tea that is attractive by its unique color and magical color change. Tea made from butterfly pea flowers has many health benefits such as pain relief, fever reduction, eye protection, aging prevention.

Ingredients

  • Butterfly pea tea: 15 gram
  • Boiled water: 200ml
  • Sugar: 20 gram
  • Milk powder (or fresh milk): 60 gram
  • Pearls, ice

Brewing instructions

  • Put 15g of butterfly pea tea into the tea strainer.
  • Add 200ml of boiling water, steep the tea for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, take out the tea strainer, put in 20g of sugar.
  • Add 60g of milk powder.
  • Stir gently so that the tea, sugar, and milk powder are completely dissolved.
  • Add the pearls, ice and enjoy
Butterfly pea milk tea
Butterfly pea milk tea mixed with hot and cold water will have different blue colors

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In summary, making Vietnamese boba tea at home is quite simple. You just use tea bags, sugar, milk, and toppings which can be purchased easily at the supermarket or made by yourself.

To save time to make boba milk tea, you should choose a Cozy tea bag. It is a great choice to have instant milk tea because of its diverse range of products, such as black tea, green tea, jasmine tea, fruit-flavored tea, herbal tea, etc.

If you have any inquiries about the tea products that we offer for coffee shops, please visit our website vietnam-tea.com at the below links, or contact our sales manager via email info@vietnam-tea.com and phone number +84-24-73000130.

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