Bring the water for the tapioca pearls to boil in a medium-large saucepan. Once boiling, add in the tapioca pearls and lower the heat to just under medium.
Simmer for 15-30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Cook time will depend on your specific pearls (check the package for instructions — ours take 30 minutes).
In the meantime, prepare the simple syrup. Add cane sugar and water to a small saucepan and whisk together. Bring to a simmer for about 3-5 minutes, or until the sugar has fully dissolved. Remove from heat and reserve ¼ cup, then add the rest to a medium mixing bowl.
Strain the tapioca pearls through a fine-mesh strainer, rinsing them lightly. Transfer the pearls to the mixing bowl with the simple syrup and stir to combine. Set aside for ~30-40 minutes to soak.
While the tapioca pearls are soaking, bring water for the tea to boil, then let it cool for a few minutes (it should be ~175-180°F). Brew the jasmine tea for 2-3 minutes, then remove the tea leaves and let the tea cool down to room temperature.
Taro milk tea
When the tapioca pearls and jasmine tea are ready, add the jasmine tea, taro powder, coconut milk, water, 3 tablespoons of simple syrup, and salt to a blender. Mix for 30-60 seconds, or until smooth. Taste and adjust the cane sugar to your liking.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer 3-4 tablespoons of tapioca pearls to a glass or cup. Fill it ½ - ¾ full with ice, then fill the rest with the taro mixture. Happy drinking!
Use fresh pearls — Make sure to use the cooked pearls right away for the softest and chewiest boba.
Bubble tea straws — For a better drinking experience, make sure you use wide-mouth straws designed for bubble tea.
Use good quality tea — Opt for a high-quality jasmine tea to ensure the best flavors in your taro milk tea.
Steep time — Max steep time for jasmine green tea is 3 minutes. If you over steep it, you run the risk of your drink turning bitter.
If you don’t have full-fat coconut milk, you can also use regular coconut milk, soy milk, or oat milk.
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