Brewing the perfect cup of tea depends on your personal preference as well as the specific type of tea that you are looking at. If you are interested in Thai tea boba then you will want to take a closer look at the steps we are going to outline below, so you can make the perfect cup each time and determine your own personal preferences along the way.
The short answer is that boba tea is a mix of Thai tea and bubble tea and it’s most definitely becoming a popular drink. Boba tea is unique because of the ‘boba’ that sink to the bottom of the drink. These boba are partially cooked tapioca flour with a chewy texture and a naturally gluten-free and flavor-free makeup. That means they have the potential to become just about anything and have been used in many forms for different hot and cold drinks. Boba tea is a special type of Thai tea that is made with those boba.
Thai tea is a black tea with condensed milk and crushed ice. It’s a bold and flavorful tea because it’s infused with star anise and cloves. It then has sugar or sweetened condensed milk to sweeten it up. In Western cultures you will often find orange food coloring added to the tea to give it a unique color. When making boba tea you would then add in the boba.
Boba is simply black tapioca pearls that are at the bottom of the tea drink. The balls are formed from tapioca sweetened with black sugar and then boiled. For many, the flavorless aspect of the boba is the perfect compliment to the milk tea or Thai tea. For others, adding flavors to the boba adds to the flavor profile of the drink and helps create a unique contrast that is very good.
The truth is, in Thailand, boba tea is not orange. It’s a black tea and it is drunk just like a standard black tea. In most cases, you will not find anything orange in the tea. However, in Western cultures you will often find orange food dye added to the tea in order to turn it a brilliant orange color. This is believed to be simply to differentiate the Thai tea from a standard black tea. However it’s not actually necessary for the flavor of the drink and actually does nothing for it.
There are two ways that you can make Thai boba tea at home. One is using a pre-made mix for this type of tea and the other is to start with a strong black tea and mix it yourself. Making the tea with a mix will obviously be easier and will take less time to prepare but will not be as authentic as making it from scratch.
You will need a Thai iced tea mix to start with. They come with all of the spices and coloring already mixed in so you don’t need to worry about getting the balances right. You will only need a couple simple ingredients to add in.
Next, make sure you have milk or half-and-half or you could even use heavy cream or sweetened condensed milk if you are looking for a thoroughly sweet and creamy drink.
Sweetener of your choice, such as agave, honey, simple syrup or even basic white table sugar are important for your boba tea as well. These will help add even more sweetness and give it the right flavor.
Ice is going to make sure that you have a cold drink. If you’re looking for a hot Thai boba tea you could skip the ice and drink the tea hot, but for this recipe we will add in ice to make a traditional cold drink.
And finally, you need to have the tapioca pearls or boba. You will want to make your own boba immediately before you are planning to make your tea as they will start to dry out quickly and you will lose the chewy texture that you are looking for.
To make a Thai boba tea from scratch you will need black tea, which you can find anywhere and use your preferred type. You will be adding spices to the tea to get the right flavor for a Thai tea.
You will need sugar or some type of sweetener in order to get the right flavor profile for the tea.
Star anise, whole cardamom, cinnamon sticks, vanilla bean, turmeric and vanilla or almond extract will finish out the flavor profile to turn your standard black tea into a Thai tea.
Sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk are going to give you the creamy texture that your tea needs to be a true Thai boba tea or milk tea.
Why would you even want to make this type of tea for yourself? Well, the truth is there are several reasons to consider it and definitely several more that you will find once you’ve had a chance to try this drink for yourself.
When it comes to preparing Thai boba tea there are several things that you want to be prepared for. You will want to make sure that you are careful when preparing your tea, for example, as you want to be sure that you are getting the right flavor profile of a strong black tea with a milky, creaminess.
When it comes down to it, Thai boba tea or Thai milk tea is most definitely a drink you’ll want to at least try. There’s no reason you should miss out on this sweet and creamy drink. And adding the boba in the bottom just makes it even more fun. You’ll find that this tea is one that everyone enjoys trying out and the boba do a great job of that.
For those who aren’t as keen on cold tea drinks you can even make it a hot beverage instead and still get all of the great flavor profiles that come along with the authentic drink.
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