Asian tapioca pearls come in two sizes, so be sure to select the larger ones. These require precooking before they are soft enough to use. If you want to boil extra pearls for future cups of bubble tea, cover unused softened pearls with water, and refrigerate for about 1 day. Drain before using. Look for them in Asian markets.
- 1/2 cup large Chinese tapioca pearls
- 2 Tbs. brown sugar
- 1 cup crushed ice
- 1 cup chilled very strong black or green tea
- 1/2 cup regular or low-fat milk
- 1/2 cup low-fat or regular coconut milk
Bring 31/2 cups water to a boil over medium heat, and add tapioca pearls. Boil for 30 to 45 minutes, or until pearls are turning translucent. Remove from heat, and let sit in hot water for 30 minutes more. Drain, and rinse in warm water. Put pearls in a mixing bowl, add brown sugar and toss. Divide tapioca equally between 2 large serving glasses.
Mix together remaining ingredients, and shake. Pour mixture into the 2 glasses of tapioca pearls. Serve with large straws.
- Calories: 150
- Carbohydrate Content: 31 g
- Cholesterol Content: 5 mg
- Fat Content: 2 g
- Protein Content: 2 g
- Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
- Sodium Content: 60 mg
- Sugar Content: 9 g