With the rise of the bubble tea comes another question, “Just where do these orbs come from, and how can we make them?” Truly, you cannot call a bubble tea that name without these pearl – shaped, marble looking jellies worth your every chew. So, what exactly are these pearls?
Tapioca balls are the proper name for them. They are jellies, and sized can vary, from small pieces to actually pieces that resemble marbles. They have the consistency to be likened to gummy bears, and other candies resembling jellies.
If, by any chance the bubble tea may be too heavy, instead of floating on top, they tend to stay, still floating before the glass’ bottom, as they come in different colors; they are indeed funny things to watch, providing you with quick entertainment as you watch them move, while drinking your favorite blend of bubble tea.
So, how do you make this inventive additive to your bubble tea? The process can be too hard, but once made, you’ll end up making it again and again.
So, here’s what you have to do:
In a large pan, put six to eight cups of water. Remember though that much water will make it overflow; and less of water can make the balls not too chewy enough. Six to eight is enough. Having that done, pour a cup of tapioca balls and start in high heat. Slowly stir the balls so that they won’t stick together and form a large mass. It would be very difficult for you to sort them out if you don’t do so. After the stirring, reduce high to medium heat, then let the water boil. Heating plays an important role here. If the heat is not enough, or is not set on the right temperature, no matter how long you boil the mixture, your tapioca balls won’t reach it’s desired chewiness.
Cover the water with the tapioca balls for fifteen minutes. After fifteen minutes, turn the fire off and let it cool. After another fifteen minutes, remove from the heat; wash the balls with cold water and drain.
Like any complicated recipe, cooking time should be obeyed for better tapioca balls. Remember that if we cook them on the desired time only, the result will be just what we wanted, chewy tapioca balls. However, there’s a fun tip: short cooking time will give you chewier balls, but longer time will allow the balls to be less elastic and less chewy. After the pearls are already set, cover the tapioca balls with tapioca ball syrup or melted brown sugar, to add sweetness and set aside.
Now, you are ready to add the tapioca balls as the perfect pearls for your bubble tea. The next time you do the procedure, remember the following procedure and before you know it, you might be on your way to be the best preparer of tapioca balls for your favorite blend of bubble tea. The only key is to remember and enjoy. Have fun!