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Updated: Sep 27, 2022

Bubble Teas make life better, but the pearls make them luscious! Find out in this blog the quickest way to cook tapioca pearls.

raw tapioca pearls in a cup

Although the introduction of Bubble Tea to society is uncertain, the craze has been evident since the 1980s. During that time, Milk Tea was already somehow a principal drink in beverage drinking. Many entrepreneurs would set up stalls in different locations in Taiwan, mostly in front of schools. With its popularity, vendors were innovative in introducing new twists to the infamous drink. Thus, the term “bubble” emerged from the bubbles created in making the beverage. And in time, Liu Han Chieh invented the black tapioca pearls, inspired by their popular tapioca balls desserts. Liu wanted to combine three of their staple goodies in one quintessential drink, which has heavily influenced today's society.

Completing Your Go-To Drink

3 different bubble tea recipes

People around the world have been drinking tea for centuries for many reasons. Tea plays a vital role in diverse heritage. One of the many drinks infused with tea is Boba Tea or Bubble Tea. Sometimes it’s even Bubble Milk Tea, depending on the flavors and add-ons that vendors would introduce. Tapioca pearls add texture, chewiness, and flavor to any boba tea! Did you know our DIY Kits on our webshop are also available on Amazon and Etsy? Our most-loved DIY bubble tea kits, powders, syrups, and add-ons are recommended must-try!

If you have your powder mixes ready, but your raw tapioca pearls are just sitting in the corner, this is your way out.

Ingredients & Materials Needed

sugar cane and sugar cane powder, brown sugar syrup and vacuum-sealed raw tapioca pearls

Ingredients: ½ cup raw Tapioca Pearls

6 cups Water

One tablespoon of Brown Sugar Syrup

red medium-sized colander with pot and laddle

Materials: Medium Pot

Wooden Spoon/Ladle


Clean Medium-sized Container


cooking raw tapioca pearls to a boiling water

1. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil in a medium pot/ saucepan

2. Open the tapioca packet and pour ½ of the raw pearls into a strainer/colander to remove any excess powder and discard broken bits before cooking

3. Add and stir the raw tapioca pearls to the pot with the boiling water and cover with a lid

4. Cook for 15 minutes

5. Stir and remove the lid

6. Continue to cook for 10 minutes on high heat, uncovered, and stir occasionally.

7. Remove the pot from the heat source.

cooked tapioca pearls drained in a colander

8. Drain the cooked tapioca pearls using a strainer/colander in a sink

9. Rinse tapioca pearls under cold water for 2 mins to stop the cooking process and make them chewy

cooked tapioca pearls coated in kits by food craft homemade brown sugar syrup

10. Sugar Coat

11. Transfer the cooked tapioca pearls into a medium bowl

12. Stir the brown sugar syrup into the cooked tapioca pearls using a wooden spoon/ladle, and then you’re all set!

Bonus Tips: Storing Your Cooked Tapioca Pearls

1. DO store cooked tapioca pearls in a silicone ice tray in the freezer for up to 3 months

2. DON’T store the cooked tapioca pearls in the refrigerator

3. DON’T leave the cooked tapioca pearls at room temperature for more than 4 hours

brown sugar bubble tea with brown sugar syrup and a snake plant

How easy was that?! This guide is the go-to procedure that won’t make you feel intimidated in trying something that you have been curious about. Our team at Kits by Food Craft team value concise and easy-access procedures to allow you to enjoy simple pleasures. Thanks to the top-tier refreshment of Bubble Tea! If you wish to indulge more about this divine drink, our Kits by Food Craft team has curated mixology experiences with kits delivered globally; you can join in with your peer! Tune in for more helpful tips and guides in our next article!

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