On a trip to Chinatown, we scoured the markets for bobas (tapioca pearls) to make our own bubble tea. Most shops didn’t carry them but we managed to find a package of white tapioca pearls (bubble tea shops usually use the brown) – only a $1.24 investment.
After reading and watching several tutorials, we made our first batch (boil 25 minutes, soak in sugar water 25 minutes). Edible, but just barely – too tough in the center. So, we broke down and ordered the brown boba from Amazon (Bolle brand). This time… success! Our own version with mango/peach tea, milk, and mango juice: