How To Make Taro Bubble Tea

Love bubble tea but don’t want to spend the money buying it every time you’re craving it? I’ve got you covered; making bubble tea at home is easier than you think!

To make a taro bubble tea, all you need is some black or jasmine tea, milk, taro powder, tapioca pearls, and a little bit of sugar. Keep reading for a step-by-step guide on how to make taro bubble tea.


These ingredient measurements are for 2 servings.

Tapioca pearls½ cup / 1.2dl
Black or Jasmine TeaFor 2 servings
Taro Powder4-6 tablespoons
Milk of your choiceMax. ~ 7oz / ~ 200ml
Sweetener (sugar, honey, etc.)To taste
Ice (optional)A few cubes

You may wonder why taro powder has a measuring range. That’s because there are a lot of different taro powder products, and each has its own serving sizes.

Usually, it’s 4-6 tablespoons for two servings. So, follow the package instructions and act accordingly.

Taro powder can be bought from your local Asian store or online store, like Amazon.

Taro Bubble Tea

One variety of bubble tea, called taro bubble tea or taro boba, is made with milk, tapioca pearls, tea or water, and taro powder. A root vegetable known as taro has a lightly sweet flavor and is ground into powder.

Taro boba drinks frequently include boba pearls as an ingredient, which are chewy tapioca pearls. The drink’s distinctive purple color and slightly sweet flavor result from the taro root powder.

Black tea is typically used to make taro boba, though green and oolong tea can also be used. Also, any kind of milk or creamer can be used, but whole or condensed milk is the most typical.

If you want to know more about taro bubble tea, read my article.

But enough for that, let’s see how to make taro bubble tea or, like some say, taro boba.

How To Make Taro Bubble Tea

Step 1: Make the Tea

Start by brewing a pot or enough for two servings of black or jasmine tea using your preferred method. While the tea is brewing, measure 4-6 tablespoons of taro powder and approximately 2 tablespoons of sugar, depends how sweet you like.

Once the tea is brewed, add the taro powder and sugar (or another sweetener) to the pot and stir until dissolved. Allow the mixture to cool.


Taro powder is usually already sweetened, so before adding the sugar, try the taro and tea mixture to avoid over-sweetening.

Step 2: Prepare the Tapioca Pearls

Tapioca Pearls

While the tea is cooling, prepare the tapioca pearls according to the package instructions. This usually involves boiling them for 5-7 minutes.

I like to use WuFuYuan tapioca pearls (see the picture above). They are tasty and cook extremely fast, as the label says, ready in 5 minutes.

Once they are done cooking, drain them and rinse them with cold water. Set them aside.

Step 3: Assemble the Bubble Tea

Once the tea is cool, add tapioca pearls into a cup or glass. For each serving of bubble tea, add 1/4 cup of tapioca pearls.

Pour the taro and tea mixture and add milk to taste. Serve with ice, and enjoy!

Some Alternatives

There are a few alternative ways of making taro bubble tea:

  • Use another tea – it’s okay to use the tea of your choice if you don’t like black or jasmine tea. These two are just the most common ones used.
  • Without tea – you can replace tea with water or just add more milk.
  • Without milk – add more tea or use a creamer instead of milk.
  • Boba with (brown sugar) syrup – if you like your boba with brown sugar, you can follow the recipe but cover tapioca pearls with syrup. To make brown sugar syrup, follow my detailed recipe.

Last Words

And there you have it – a delicious cup of taro bubble tea that you made in the comfort of your own home!

Making bubble tea at home is not only easy but also much cheaper than buying it from a cafe.

So, give this recipe a try next time you’re in the mood for bubble tea.

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