Sunday, January 2, 2011

Homemade Boba!

I really love boba. Anytime Im in Little Toyko or San Gabriel I always have to stop by one of the boba shops there for a drink. Unfortunately, these places are a little far away so Ive had to learn how to make my own boba smoothies. You can put boba balls in any drink really, but if you want something that tastes like how you would get it at a boba shop, I recommend buying a mix online. My favorite is the one step mixes from Boba Tea Direct. ( I love the lychee one). Anyway, I wanted to share how I make boba with this mix!

Step 1.) 

You'll need boba balls. You can get these online if you dont live next to any Asian markets. I got mine from a Chinese market in Monterey Park near Los Angeles. They come frozen and really ugly, but dont let their appearance scare you, these will turn into delicious, chewy boba! The best way to measure how much boba youll need is to put as many balls as you think youll want into your drinking cup. I used to always make way too much, but I think its safe to say for two servings, about a half a cup is good.

Step 2.)

Fill a large pot about halfway and let it come to a rolling boil.

Brown Sugar is really important in flavoring the boba. Youll want to add about a tablespoon to the water you boil the boba in. This way, the boba absorbs the sweetness. After you add the brown sugar, add in your boba balls and let them boil for 1 minute. After that, turn the heat down to medium and let them boil for about 40 minutes.

Step 3). 

After 40 minutes, strain your boba but make sure to leave some of the water in the pot! This will be used for boba syrup later! This is what your boba should look like after boiling!

Step 4.) 

Put the boba back in your pot with a little bit of the water.

Add another tablespoon of brown sugar to the boba. This will make a delicious brown sugar syrup. Cover and let sit while you make the smoothie part of the drink!

Step 5.) 

For step 5 you'll need the following:

a) Boba Powder.
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For two servings, 6 tablespoons is recommended. This is honeydew flavor, my boyfriend's favorite and also very tasty.

b) 16 oz. of milk

b) About 2 cups of ice is recommended, but if you like more watery smoothies like I do, you can add less. More will make it like a slushy.

 Step 6.) Throw these ingredients in the blender and blend!

 Step 7.) Add your boba(along with the syrup) into the bottom of your cup and pour the smoothie on top of it. And there you have it!


  1. Beautiful shots! What a fun process.

  2. Looks yummy, I think I actually have some boba in my kitchen from my last visit to China town I'll have to make some cute drinks with it xoxo

  3. I used to make bubble tea, but my bubbles never turn out nice and chewy D: They always have a hard center >^<;

  4. Tamaneko, thats strange! I used to not cook them long enough and theyd come out that way : /

  5. Cate, what China town did you go to? I love the China Town in San Francisco. I wanna see when you make drinks!!

  6. how nice ! thanks for the comment. i love your blog too! it's inspiring me to try and make mine look better! i also love the flower measuring spoons from anthro! I can't wait to see more of your posts!

  7. Aww thanks Nicole! Yah I love those spoons, they were a birthday gift :3 Theyre mostly good for liquid only, I dropped one trying to scoop out flour and the leaf broke :___:

  8. do boba balls come in any other color?

  9. waah! i've never had boba tea. they sell it in buenos aires china town but it doesn't look cute as yours :P

    there's a little tokyo in LA?? if i get to go to comic con i'd love to visit it *-*