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two large glasses of pink strawberry milk bubble tea with black tapioca pearls and red striped straws

Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea

Yield: 4 drinks
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea originated in Taiwan and is a refreshing milk tea made with strong black or green tea, strawberry milk, and chewy tapioca balls known as boba.
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  • 3 bags black or green tea
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 4 cups strawberry milk
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking tapioca pearls
  • 4 Tablespoons simple syrup


  • Steep the tea bags in water for at least 10 minutes for a strong tea. You can steep the tea and store in the refrigerator up to a day in advance if needed.
  • While the tea is steeping prepare the boba according to package directions on the stove top. If it is quick-cooking boba you will boil for 5 minutes and let rest covered for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the boba from the pot using a slotted spoon and transfer to a bowl with about 4 Tablespoons of simple sugar syrup. See notes.
  • Divide sweetened, cooked tapioca pearls among 4 serving glasses. Pour 1/4 cup prepared tea into each topped with 1/2 cup of strawberry milk. Add ice if desired. Serve with fat straws or long dessert spoons to reach the boba.


Tapioca pearls can be cooked to desired consistency. The longer you boil them the more chewy they will become, and packages can vary on preparation times. I prefer to boil the pearls for about 5 minutes until they float to the top then cover the pot, turn down the heat and let simmer for another 5 minutes. 
Simple sugar syrup is equal parts sugar and water boiled until the sugar is dissolved. You can use white sugar or brown sugar. Simple syrup will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Alternatively to the simple syrup you can drain the water from the tapioca pearls and drizzle over about 2 Tablespoons of honey according to taste. Stir gently until the honey has melted.
If not using prepared strawberry milk you can use fresh strawberries. Emulsify 1 cup of fresh strawberries and blend with preferred white milk; whole or 2% works best. 
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Taiwanese
Keyword: boba, milk, strawberry, summer, tea