Homemade Boba

Where all my boba lovers at? We LOVE boba.

Pre-pandemic, every time we’d need to run errands, or visit the in-laws… OH LOOK there’s a boba shop on the way, guess we should stop for boba.

Obviously there are a lot of big things I miss from before Covid, like family, and traveling… but the little thing I miss most from the beforetimes is going out for boba.

Luckily, it’s super easy to make boba at home! And yes, of course I bought the 6-pound bag of tapioca balls, don’t judge me.

This recipe comes from the Boba cookbook that was written by the people behind The Boba Guys. I’ve tried a lot of boba recipes, and this one’s my favorite of the recipes that use these premade, dried tapioca pearls.

It takes an hour and a half, but that’s mostly hands-off… but at the end? You get boba. So it’s absolutely worth the wait.

I’ve got a drink to go with the boba coming up in our next video, but I want to know… what is your favorite boba drink? What drinks should I try to make?


from The Boba Book

  • 2 cups filtered water, plus more as needed
  • 1/4 cup dried boba balls
  • 1 tbsp dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp boiling-hot filtered water
Cooking Directions
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a rolling boil over high heat. Add the boba and cook for 30 minutes, stirring frequently during the first 10 minutes of cooking to prevent the boba from sitting at the bottom of the pot and burning. Cover the pot so the water doesn’t evaporate, and stir occasionally for the remainder of the time. Add more hot water if necessary to keep the boba covered.
  2. After the 30 minutes of cooking, take the pot off the heat and let the boba rest for another 30 minutes. Meanwhile, mix the sugars and hot water in a bowl large enough to hold your cooked boba.
  3. After the resting time, strain the boba in a colander or a strainer, discarding the water, and pour them into a mixing bowl. Stir in the syrup. After an additional 30 minutes (so 1 1/2 hours total from the time you started cooking), the boba should have absorbed the sweetness; it won’t get any sweeter if it continues to sit longer.
  4. Now your boba is ready to serve; hold it warm or at room temperature (our preference). When you add it to drinks, scoop some of the balls out with a little strainer to leave the syrup behind. The boba keeps for about 4 hours before it starts to lose its texture.

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