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The first time I tasted boba with pineapple strawberry smoothie, I loved it. Boba is a black pearl like tapioca that is used i...

Boba / Tapioca Black Pearls: Learning To Prepare Boba

The first time I tasted boba with pineapple strawberry smoothie, I loved it. Boba is a black pearl like tapioca that is used in cold beverages. They have an awesome chewy texture and I love having them with fruit based drinks or smoothies. Every time we have our famous family get togethers, my daughter, sisters, nieces and nephews and I never fail to visit the mall. Once inside, we look forward to Surf City Squeeze's boba smoothies. The minute we reach their counter, we act like kids at the candy store. There is a great sense of insecurity about the availability of boba for the whole gang that, we have to quickly find out if they have enough stock of boba. It then determines if all of us get one or two shot of boba in our smoothies.

A few days ago, I googled on boba and found that it was something simple to prepare at home, so I decided to give it a try. So, today at Ranch 99 Market, I found an overwhelming amount of packaged boba and I decided to try the instant kind. The label said that it takes 5 minutes to cook, which  would be good for a starter ( please refer to the photo above. If you do not have access to a Asian store you can buy them on line at amazon.com.

The cooked boba looked so beautiful like black pearls and I could not but wonder how a string of them would look. My daughter thought that it was funny and made her flower necklace and I stuck to the sting of black pearls.

For after school snack, we had our blended berry and banana boba smoothie. We were so excited to have our own stock of boba in the fridge for use at any time.

Note: If anyone reading the post thinks that I must use some other kind of boba please do drop me a comment and I will learn to do it right.


A big Stock Pot
Measuring Cups


Baba/ Tapioca Pearls - 1 packet (1 1/2 cups)
Water - 12 cup
Sugar - 1/4 cup


1. Bring to boil 8 cups of water. Add 1/2 cup of boba at a time and keep mixing. The pearls will start to float and plump up. 

2. Turn the heat to medium and cover the stock pot. Allow to cook for 5-8 minutes.

3. Drain the water and wash the boba well. Transfer the boba into the stock pot with 4 cups of water and 1/4 cups of sugar. 

4. Make smoothies and use this boba. Do not remove it from the sugar water because they would stick and become very tough.


  1. Drinks with tapioca pearls are very famous here (also a bit expensive). But it's very rare to get a small packet for family use. Enjoy your drinks and u can log into www.comebuymalaysia.com to make your own variety drinks!!!!

  2. its somethin very new...never saw that..looks very delicious n interesting,especially that necklace

  3. this is new to me but they look wonderful.. loved the necklaces too :D and the shake with bob as below looks splendid.. i will search for these too :)

  4. Loved ur clicks.
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  5. I haven't seen this beautiful pearl like thing.. will check it out.. nice space here
    Noel collections

  6. This is new to me, very interesting, they look so beautiful..

  7. Omg,love bubble tea..i was planning to get this tapioca black pearls..beautiful clicks..

  8. O my God! I am crazy about boba especially with strawberry banana smoothie. I always ask for double serving which is a $1.50 on top of the smoothie. Boba insecurity. Ha! Ha!

  9. Lovely clicks!!!

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  10. I have never heard of Boba.. sounds like a disney character.. will look around

  11. whao so nice...any idea where do we get these in chennai...

  12. That is a very new ingredient for me, never heard of it, they look interesting.

  13. Never seen this before. Looks so nice. And the necklace too :-)

  14. this is new to me...mouthwatering smoothie..!
    Tasty Appetite

  15. This is so new to me. I had only seen white pearls aka javvarisi but this looks so cute. This is my first time to your space and I loved the idea of you making pickles out of strawberry.Yummm...
    Do check me out when you find time.
    Tickling Palates

  16. Delicious and beautifully presented.

  17. This is very new to me, Those Boba looks like black pearls even better with their shine.... First time here.. Glad to know you!

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

  18. This effectively eliminates the need for complex formulations of flours, starches and hydrocolloids commonly used in Gluten-Free Flour products.

  19. I was an addict the first time I had a milk tea with boba from Surf City......I'm glad to see I'm not alone. ENJOY!