Monday, July 29, 2013

Lazy Bubble Tea!

I was flipping through the latest issue of VegNews — The Burger Issue (August 2013) — when I came across Hannah Kaminsky's feature on homemade bubble tea. And that's when I realized that I haven't had bubble tea in way too long, like at least two years, maybe longer.

There's a Vietnamese joint — Pho Vietnam — across from my street that supposedly has bubble tea. But I'm not sure of the vegan options, so I've never checked it out. I typically get my vegan boba fix from Mr. Chang's Bubble Tea in Cordova, but that's a good 25-minute drive from Midtown. And why buy overpriced bubble tea when I can make my own, right?

So I put down the magazine and drove down the street to the Viet Hoa Grocery. They had bags of instant boba (tapioca pearls) for $2.99. Of course, when I bought the pearls, I didn't notice they were the instant kind. So I used these to make Hannah's recipe, which calls for allowing the pearls to soak in water for 15 minutes. Oops. My pearls turned to mush.

And then I read the package — "5 minute boba"! Ahhhh. So I made some more following the directions on the package. Look at these fun colors!!

Then I mixed some coconut milk and Blue Lotus Chai instant powder in the blender with a few ice cubes and a touch of agave. Voila, instant chai bubble tea.

Lazy Chai Bubble Tea
1/3 cup instant tapioca pearls
4 cups water
8 ounces plant milk
1 serving scoop of instant chai tea powder
1 Tbsp. agave
Ice Cubes

Place the tapioca pearls and water in a pot with a lid. Bring the water to a boil and boil until pearls are slightly soft but still a little chewy (about 5-7 minutes). Turn off the heat and cover for 5 minutes.

Blend milk, chai powder, agave, and ice cubes in a blender.

Pour the tapioca into a colander and rinse with cold water until pearls are cool. Pour them into a glass. Pour chai tea over the bubbles. Enjoy with a thick boba straw (available at Asian markets).


John McDevitt said...

Mmmm! Looks good!

Sheridan & Drew said...

Yay for bubble tea! I haven't had any in years either. I might have to make a trip to the Asian market and see if I can find some tapioca pearls!

xvavaveganx said...

This is amazing!! I haven't had bubble tea in so long and I've always been too lazy to make it! Now I'll have to go to the local Asian market to see if I can find the pearls! Oh I hope I can!

Anonymous said...

That looks great and features my favorite tea flavor of the moment...Chai! I will have to try this out soon.

foodfeud said...

This sounds awesome! I love the colors of the tapioca balls! I used to love bubble tea but have never had a vegan version. Gotta remember to look for pearls.

Kendy P said...

i keep forgetting to make bubble tea - on my to do list for sure!

Kelly Peloza said...

Love the colors! I'll have to try this.