Ingredients you will need:
- tapioca flour
- brown sugar
- white sugar
- thai tea powder (I used the instant thai tea drink mix)
You can find the tapioca flour (79 cents) and instant thai tea drink mix (I used the Nara 3-in-1 brand. It comes in a packet of 12 for about $3) at the asian supermarket.
I mixed some tapioca flour (about 1/3 of the pouch) with boiling water in a bowl. I'm not sure if it matters if you use cold or hot water but I decided on hot water. This might be why the mixture had a really pungent smell. It was so bad that I literally gagged while mixing! Haha. Anyway, I didn't use any exact measurements but you want to mix the flour and water til it's dough-y. Then I set that aside as I melted both the brown and white sugar on the stove.
To make the instant thai tea, just follow the directions on the packet and add in your pearls! I don't have any big straws so I just used a spoon :)
There are a couple things I would change:
1. Color: I'm not sure I like the clear color of the pearls. I might have to soak them in the sugar mixture longer so they can look more brown?
2. Texture: Sigh. I complained about tapioca joints being too squishy. Well, my tapioca pearls came out wayy too chewy. I think next time I will boil the tapioca pearls in a separate pot and then reboil them again in the sugar mixture. Hopefully that will fix the problem.
3. My boba thai tea tasted yummy but next time I think I will try coffee or brew my own green/black tea.
Ever tried an avocado smoothie/shake? When I have a craving for something sweet at a boba shop, I usually order an avocado smoothie with boba. Mm... my avocado recipe doesn't involve boba but you can use this recipe and add it to the smoothie!