Hot Bubble Milk Tea

Recipe Source: Hungry Huy

If you enjoy drinking tea, you’ve probably heard of bubble milk tea. In essence, it consists of milk, black tea, or any type of tea, and chewy tapioca pearls. Although it is typically served cold, a hot version is also available. It comes in a variety of flavors and contains various kinds of fruit, milk, tea, sweetener, and sinkers.

Where did Milk Tea come from?

Although it appears to be a new drink trend, bubble tea has been popular in Asian countries since the 1980s. Liu Han-Chieh of Chun Shui Tang Teahouse noticed that Japanese people liked drinking cold coffee and so he tried the idea with tea. His cold teas became so popular that his company grew and he opened several new locations throughout the city.

The bubbles or pearls arrived on the scene in 1988, when Ms. Lin Hsiu Hui, the company’s product development manager, was bored in a staff meeting and decided to mix her Taiwanese dessert, fen yuan (sweetened tapioca pudding), into her Assam iced tea and drink it. It was so good that they decided to put it on the menu, where it quickly became the franchise’s best-selling item. Following the success of this drink at one teahouse, concessions all over Taiwan began adding tapioca pearls and various fruit flavors to their iced teas, and thus bubble tea as we know it began!

Why Milk Tea is good for the body?

Tea has a plethora of health benefits. Tea with milk is not only more flavorful but also healthier. The antioxidants and free radicals in tea are what make it worth drinking. Its anti-inflammatory agent can reduce tension and stress, and its caffeine content can make the body feel more refreshed.

The content of milk tea is frequently cited as the primary reason why many people continue to regard it as a healthy beverage. Three of the most common compounds specifically make this popular beverage beneficial:

Carbohydrates – Because milk contains carbs, it provides energy to your body on a regular basis. Don’t we all need carbohydrates to give us energy and help us get through our day’s activities?

Mineral – This is one of the most important components found in Milk Tea that the body requires. Minerals serve a variety of functions in the body.

Calcium –  is the first compound found in milk. It is one of the elements required by the body, especially for a growing boy or girl. The calcium in milk is beneficial to the bones, and the good news is that even adults can consume calcium-rich milk.

Aside from these health benefits, milk teas often time taste delicious. That will surely lift your mood! Because it’s beginning to get cold and gloomy outside, this hot bubble milk tea recipe will surely be the perfect company you will have this winter holiday season. 

How to Make Hot Boba Milk Tea?


2 c water

2 tbsp black tea leaves

1 tsp almond extract (optional)

1 tbsp whole milk

1 tbsp dark brown sugar for tea

½ c pre-made or homemade boba optional

2 tbsp dark brown sugar for boba, optional


  1. In a medium-sized pot over medium-high heat, add four cups of water and bring to a boil.
  2. Wrap your tea leaves in cheesecloth or put them in a reusable tea infuser (if you don’t have either, you can put the tea leaves straight in the pot, but you will have to strain them later on). 
  3. Place the tea in the boiling water and continue to boil for three minutes.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat and steep for 15 minutes, uncovered.
  5. Prepare your boba based on your boba packaging’s instructions. Place your cooked boba in a bowl and stir in dark brown sugar thoroughly.
  6. Put 2-3 tables spoons of boba on a cup and then pour the tea over it. 
  7. Add the milk and sugar and stir until dissolved. Enjoy!

*Extra Tips:

  • Serve with teaspoons if you are adding boba because it’s safer to use with hot liquids than straws. The longer the boba stays in warmer liquids, the chewier the texture will get, so it’s strongly recommended that you eat it first.

Tom Mabe

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