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How To Make Thai Iced Bubble Tea


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If you like sweet and creamy bubble tea, you will love this recipe. The key to getting Thai style bubble tea just right is to let the tapioca pearls soak in syrup for at least 2 hours so that they absorb the sweetness. It is also essential to use number one brand Thai tea leaves – we have tried lots of different tea blends but this is head and shoulders above the rest.

So if you have been struggling to find bubble tea just like the one you had in Thailand, give this simple recipe a try!

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  • 2 tbsp tapioca pearls
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp Thai tea leaves (number one brand Thai tea)
  • 3/4 cup boiling water (150ml)
  • 2 tbsp condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp fresh milk
  • 2 tbsp evaporated milk

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Step 1: First we need to make the syrup for the bubbles. Add 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of sugar to a saucepan, and heat on a high heat. Keep stirring and heating until the sugar dissolves in the water, then set the syrup aside.

Step 2: Next we need to make the bubbles. Bring about 1 litre of water to the boil, then pour in about 2 tbsp of tapioca pearls. Let them cook for about 10 minutes whilst stirring occasionally to stop them sticking together. Once they are done, drain them from the water, and add them to the syrup we just made.

making the bubbles for tea

Step 3: Let the bubbles soak in the syrup at room temperature for at least a couple of hours, as this will sweeten them.

Step 4: Once the bubbles are ready, we can make the tea. Line a strainer with some coffee filter paper, and place the strainer over a jug. Then spoon 2 tbsp of thai tea leaves into the filter paper.

thai tea leaves

Step 5: Now pour 3/4 cup of boiling water over the tea leaves, and let the water filter through into the jug. Once all of the water has filtered through, place the strainer with the tea leaves over another jug, and pour the jug of tea over the tea leaves again. Repeat this a total of 4 or 5 times depending on how strong you like the tea.

straining the thai tea leaves

Step 6: Next add 1 tbsp of sugar, 2 tbsp of condensed milk, and 2 1/2 tbsp of fresh milk to the jug of tea, and stir thoroughly.

making thai iced tea

Step 7: Finally, drain the bubbles from the syrup, then spoon the bubbles into a glass of ice. Then pour in the tea and top with 2 tbsp of evaporated milk, then serve and enjoy!

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