After rolling, the tapioca pearls are cooked in a pot of boiling water for around 15 minutes, while being constantly stirred to prevent them from sticking to each other. Put the brown sugar in a non-sick pan. Let the tea leaves steep in the hot milk for 15-20 minutes, then strain out the tea leaves. Repeat this on all sides to get a trippy, tiger stripe-like ripple effect, then add the ice cubes and milk tea. Tapioca pearls: Sift the tapioca starch and make sure no large lumps remain. The pearls are often gloopy, flavorless, incessantly chewy, and stick to your incisors like gum under a shoe. Pour the water and sugar into a small pot or saucepan, and bring it to a boil. A part of me also hoped that Malaysians would stop bloody queuing up at Xing Fu Tang (幸福堂), The Alley, DaBoba, or the dozen other boba shops in Subang SS15, and stop clogging up the streets. This homemade Brown Sugar Boba Recipe is deliciously tasty and softly chewy. May pa-blow-ou, Keto Milk Tea with Coffee Jelly and Salted Cream Cheese, Cheesecake Topping for Milk Tea (ala Macao Imperial Tea), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2tPm9cCjYg. To start, you’ll need 4 cups of dark brown sugar. (If it’s still super sticky, knead in a tablespoon or two of fresh tapioca starch.) Cook Time 30 mins. Add ice and pour your favorite cold milk. Scrape the dough out onto a clean work surface, and split it into two or three roughly equal portions. So here it is. So enough talking. It starts off as a dough, which then gets portioned and rolled into little balls. And boy was this a game changer. Using a firm spatula, stir the pot until everything is evenly mixed and a sticky brown dough forms. At Taiwanese brown sugar boba shops like Xing Fu Tang and Tiger Sugar, they place the syrupy pearls close to the lip of a tilted cup and let the pearls slide to the bottom. After many failed attempts that left overly sticky tapioca residue all over my countertop, I found a ratio that works perfectly every time. Stir and make sure all the sugar has melted, turn down the heat to low, and then dump the tapioca starch into the pot all at once. Once the pearls are cooked, transfer them into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process and firm up slightly. Print Recipe Pin Recipe. Cook this dough over very low heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent the bottom from burning. Brown Sugar Bubble Tea (Boba) makes 4 cups. Brown sugar pearl milk tea, tiger milk tea, or brown sugar milk tea looks like this for those missing out. This recipe was adapted from Taiwan's famous Milk Tea company, Xing Fu Tang. Cook for 30 minutes on low heat with cover on, stirring from time to time to prevent sticking. This is why most online recipes start off with pre-made boba pearls bought from the supermarket or your local Asian grocers, circumventing the hassle of working with tapioca starch altogether. So call it due diligence, culinary research, or an Asian bias for boba, but I decided to give it one more try, by making my own at home. So instead of pesky little starch-balls, the pearls are softened into supple spheres oozing with syrup. At most boba shops, the process ends here and the pearls are then simply plonked into milk tea and served immediately. While I don’t think the recipe actually altered the flow of traffic in Subang, it would be a real shame not to share this one on the blog too, because I honestly think this beats XFT’s overly milky, over-hyped drink. Plus, it’s Instagram worthy. Keep it warm after it’s done cooking. Repeat until you’ve rolled out all the dough. Our final verdict for this recipe is that it is simple to make! Brown sugar boba and its beautiful looking “tiger stripe” aesthetic attracts a lot of people. Any supermarket or grocery store with dark brown sugar will work fine for this recipe. The secret, I discovered, was to err on the side of caution and use more tapioca starch than most recipes would call for. There are many flavorings for boba or bubble tea, but brown sugar milk is an all-time favorite. After you roll each ball, dust it in some tapioca starch to prevent it from sticking. Or at least, I used to. This is just to make it easier to work with. Just continue stirring and it will melt. So of course people want to try it out. Then, roll out the piece you have into a long string, roughly ¼-inch thick. When the milk tea is cool enough, transfer it into a jug or bottle, and keep it in the refrigerator until it’s cold. May chika ako sa inyo! For bubble tea lovers out there, we highly recommend you to try out this brown sugar bubble tea recipe! I first developed this recipe for Food52, and wrote about on the site, in hopes that people would be encouraged to make their own bubble tea at home. This Brown Sugar Boba recipe is the easiest way to make the most delicious brown sugar milk tea, all in the comfort of your home! And it’s a lot simpler than we thought. Let the pearls braise for 20-25 minutes, until the braising liquid turns thick and syrupy. Add in the tapioca pearls, and keep the water on a rolling boil for 20 minutes until the pearls are cooked through. If you don’t live under cups of boba, then you’ve seen it before. View our recommended dark brown sugar by clicking here. Whichever way you choose, you’ll still end up with a creamy, concentrated cup of tea, enriched by the sultry sweetness of the brown sugar caramel, along with an extra textural dimension from homemade tapioca pearls, which are soft, sweet, syrupy, and this time around, actually enhance the milk tea experience itself. Each pearl is packed with flavor as they are boiled down in a tea-infused brown sugar syrup, to be enjoyed with a cup of fresh milk. Put the tapioca flour in a heat proof mixing bowl. Brown sugar boba and its beautiful looking “tiger stripe” aesthetic attracts a lot of people. So I added an extra step to the process, one that’s very much inspired by the latest boba trend coming out of the heartland of boba, Taiwan: braised brown sugar boba. Anyway, here’s how you make bubble tea at home: The tapioca pearls in a typical boba are made of just three ingredients—tapioca starch, sugar, and water. But to me, that defeats the whole purpose of a homemade boba. If you want to find something online, we’ve done the work for you. Kaya lang parang pur, Happy Birthday Purple( @lifeindreamland_ )! Now for the tea. Originating in Taiwan, boba is a refreshing sweet tea beverage with dairy and chewy tapioca pearls , whose flavors range from coconut and taro to fruit-forward ones infused with passionfruit or peach. Once brown sugar is melted, add the drained pearls and stir. Cook the brown sugar while draining. Stir lightly and let the pearls float to the top. Melt it on medium heat while stirring constantly. So I made my own pearls, too. Sure, you could simply dump the pearls into the bottom of a cup, and fill it up the rest of the way with milk tea. However, if you’re not a fan of regular, bittersweet black tea, an Earl Grey or Thai tea base works really well too, adding some fruity and floral funk to the tea base.