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How to Make Boba Pearls at Home
Prep Time
1 d 40 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

Homemade boba pearls

Servings: 6
Calories: 393 kcal
For boba pearls
  • 4 cups milk
Brown sugar syrup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 brown sugar slab , around 70g (can be replaced by brown sugar too)
  • 100 ml water 1/3 cup + 1.5 tbsp.
Make boba pearls
  1. In a small pot, slightly heat the water and dissolve brown sugar over slowest fire (to avoid too much water lost). Make sure the sugar is dissolved. Heat the liquid to a boiling and then use slowest fire. Now, add 1/2 of the tapioca starch in and mix quickly (Count 6 to 7seconds). Turn off the fire or remove from fire and add the remaining 1/2 of the tapioca starch. Mix until gathered. Quick during the process.

  2. Place the remaining flour on an operation board. Transfer the smooth paste in and knead into a dough with the help of a scraper blade. At first, it might be slightly sticky. Continue kneading until smooth. Be quick during the process. The dough becomes hard to control when cool down completely.

  3. Divide the dough into 4 portions. Remember to cover the other three with plastic bag. Then shape one portion into a long log (around 1.5 cm in diameter), cut the log into small cubes.

  4. Round each small squares to small balls (be patient and do not require prefect roundness).
  5. In a large plate, spread some flour and coat each ball with enough flour to avoid sticking to each other. After finish all of the pearls, shift the extra flour off. You can now package in air-tight bags and freeze for later use.

Sugar Syrup
  1. In a small pot, melt 2 slices of brown sugar slab and 1cup brown sugar with 100ml water in a small pot. Heat until there are large bubbles. Or you can simply use brown sugar syrup.

How to cook the boba pearls
  1. Bring a large pot of water (at least 6 times of the volume of the pearls) and cook the pears for 20 to 30 minutes. Then transfer the balls into a cold water (they shrink to original size immediately). Wash under running water. Drain and mix with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar syrup or honey (or sugar) to avoid sticky together.

How to assemble
  1. Drizzle some brown sugar syrup in serving cup, rotate the cup so the syrup can form marbles on the cup wall. Place boba pearls in. Pour in milk. Shake or stirring before enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Recipe firstly published in 2019 and updated with video in 2020. 

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Boba Pearls at Home
Amount Per Serving
Calories 393 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 120mg5%
Potassium 384mg11%
Carbohydrates 75g25%
Sugar 58g64%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 395IU8%
Calcium 314mg31%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.