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Your Questions About Tapioca Pearls

Donna asks…

Tapioca Pearls?

Have you drank boba milk tea? I just wanted to how to make the tapioca pearls (boba). If You dont know how to make them then can you tell me were to buy the tapioca pearls separatly. And if you know how to make the milk tea then add that in to.

Bubble Tea Fun answers:

You can get the boba at asian supermarkets. As for the milk tea, im not sure but i have seen some stores just literally mix milk with tea

Lisa asks…

How do I know if Tapioca Pearls are still good?

I recently bought some tapioca pearls at an Asian grocery because I wanted to make some bubble tea. I have never made it before, so I don’t know what the uncooked pearls are supposed to look and smell like. Half of the package was a darker brown color, but on the other side of the package the pearls look faded or dried out. The pearls also smell kind of bad, but again, I don’t know what they normally smell like. I don’t know if this is normal or not.

Bubble Tea Fun answers:

No, its ok the colour will change in due time, its the smell of dry tapioca but if you have boil it there will no smell at all.

Laura asks…

How do I prepare these oriental tapioca pearls?

They are large sized pearls and they are all different colors! :) The bag says Tapioca Pearls and then the rest is in mandarin or something. How do I prepare them?

Bubble Tea Fun answers:

Use the same recipe for the large pearls also.

Sandra asks…

How do you make tapioca pudding out of a bag of pearls?

I’ve never made it and all I have is the clear bag of tapioca pearls, no label. They’re actually pretty large pearls, too. How do I prepare them?

Bubble Tea Fun answers:

3 1/2 ounces large pearl tapioca, approximately 1/2 cup
2 cups cold water
2 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 egg yolk
1/3 cup sugar
1 lemon, zested
Pinch salt

Place tapioca in a medium mixing bowl along with the water, cover, and let stand overnight.

Drain water from tapioca. Place the tapioca into a slow cooker along with the milk, heavy cream, and salt. Cook on high for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and sugar. Temper small amounts of the tapioca into the egg mixture until you have added at least 1 cup. Then add this back into the remaining tapioca in the slow cooker. Add the lemon zest and stir to combine. Cook for an additional 15 minutes, stirring at least once. Transfer the pudding to a bowl and cover the surface with plastic wrap. Allow to cool at room temperature for 1 hour and then place in the refrigerator until thoroughly chilled.



* 1/2 cup small pearl tapioca (you can usually find it in the baking section of the grocery store, do not use instant tapioca)
* 3 cups whole milk (or skim milk with cream added)
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 2 eggs
* 1/2 cup of sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla


1 Combine tapioca, milk, and salt in 1 1/2 quart pan on medium high heat. Stir until boiling. Simmer 5 minutes, uncovered at the lowest possible heat, adding sugar gradually.

2 Beat eggs in a separate bowl. Mix in some of the hot tapioca very slowly to equalize the temperature of the two mixtures (to avoid curdling).

3 Return eggs to pan with tapioca. Bring to a boil. Stir 3 minutes more over lowest possible heat. Stir constantly. You may cook a little longer than 3 minutes if needed to get to a nice thick pudding consistency. Cool 15 minutes. Add vanilla. Serve either warm or chilled.

Note: If you want to make a more light and fluffy, but still rich, tapioca pudding, separate the eggs. Use the egg yolks to stir in first to the pan with the tapioca. Once the pudding has become nice and thick, beat the egg whites in a separate bowl to soft peaks. Remove the pan of tapioca pudding from the stove, fold in the beaten egg whites into the pudding.

Hope it comes out good!

James asks…

how do i know whether i should cook the tapioca pearls in a jar ?

I’m using it for my Milk Tea. The tapioca pearls are inside of a glass jar soaked in syrup, and the brand of it is “Anahaw”.

Bubble Tea Fun answers:

Sounds like they’re ready to use.
The ones that you cook are dry.
Eat one and see.
I’m sure they’re already done.

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