Pearl milk tea, also known as bubble milk tea, is a unique tea drink originating from Taiwan and has become one of the favorites among tea enthusiasts worldwide.
The history of pearl milk tea can be traced back to Taiwan's street food culture. The earliest pearl milk tea is believed to have originated from a small tea house in Taipei, Taiwan. In the 1980s, a tea house named "Chun Shui Tang" started adding black sugar pearls to milk tea to enhance its flavor and texture. This innovation quickly gained popularity throughout Taiwan and gradually spread to various parts of the world, becoming a popular beverage.
The process of making pearl milk tea involves two main steps: preparing the tea drink and preparing the pearls.
For the pearls, start by preparing the ingredients, typically black sugar, tapioca starch, and water. Heat the black sugar and water until the sugar melts, then add tapioca starch and mix until a dough forms. Roll the dough into small balls and cook them in boiling water until they float, then continue cooking for about 10-15 minutes until fully cooked without a hard center. After cooking, rinse the pearls with water to remove excess starch and mix them with black sugar syrup to enhance sweetness and flavor.
For the tea drink, choose your preferred tea leaves such as black tea, green tea, or oolong tea. Brew the tea leaves in hot water to your desired strength. Pour the brewed tea into a cup, add fresh milk or creamer to adjust the thickness according to personal preference, and then add the prepared pearls. Stir well before serving.
Adjust the sweetness and thickness of the milk tea according to personal taste by adding more or less milk and syrup. Use the pearls promptly after cooking to prevent them from hardening. Additional toppings such as pudding or jelly can be added according to personal preference to enhance the texture and flavor.
Making pearl milk tea requires patience and skill, but its unique taste and sweetness make it a beloved beverage enjoyed by many.