How to Make Milk Tea at Home

Have you ever wondered how to make milk tea at home? This pandemic, you’ve perhaps noticed food businesses offering their “make-your-own-at-home” variants left and right. No different are the various milk tea shops that have also joined this trend to let buyers DIY. While there is indeed a novelty for consumers to do things on their own, another more business-centric reason for such a rise with these is of course to cope up with the dwindling sales.

Having dabbled onto the milk tea biz craze ourselves, we felt it’ll be helpful to you boba-natics for us to share the big secret: IT’S CRAZY SIMPLE! Aside from the obvious pull due to the high demand the drink has built here in the Philippines over the last few years, another reason why competitors seemed to pop up everywhere post pandemic is the very easy steps into how they are made. See below where we hopefully will be able to teach you how to DIY your milk tea without buying those kits.

As mentioned above, The Milk Tea industry here is HUGE. With that comes an equally large array of suppliers. Chances are, a simple “where to buy milk tea” search thru Google or Facebook will let you see all-in-one wholesalers where you can buy just about all that you’ll need. Should you want the easier route, there are also plenty available in Lazada & Shopee.

A few milk tea suppliers we can suggest:

Shiboba Milk Tea Supplies near Visayas Avenue, QC.
Boduo Training Milk Tea Supply in Cubao, QC.
Tee See Yu in Manila.

How to Make Milk Tea at Home

Wondering how to make milk tea step by step? Read on to find out!

Cooking and preparing your Tapioca Pearl.

  1. Bring the water into a boil.
  2. Slowly put the tapioca pearl while continuously swirling. Stir it every 10 minutes for 30 minutes.
  3. After 30 mins of cooking, turn off the heat and let the pearls cook off the stove for another 30. Remember to still continuously stir every 10 minutes during this.
  4. Once done, drain the hot water and run through tap to stop the cooking process.
  5. Try to separate the pearls during running water through them.
  6. Transfer cooked tapioca pearls in a container then add white sugar (up to you on how sweet you’ll want yours!).

Additional Tips:

  • 1KG tapioca: 7L of water
  • Before cooking, separate the tapioca pearls and use a strainer to remove excess powders to avoid cooked tapioca pearls from sticking together.
  • Recommended shelf life of cooked Tapioca Pearls is around 8 hours. Remember that these are usually made with cassava, and if uncooked or eaten inappropriately, can be harmful.
  • You can use white sugar or fructose syrup in making them sweeter.
  • Steps we shared above work well for the Ersao brand.

This is a basic instruction on how to cook the pearls but remember that brands can have differences on their methods, make sure to check pack instructions.

Brewing your Tea.

  1. Bring the water into a boil, then turn off the fire.
  2. Transfer the boiling water to your thermos then put the tea bag and close it.
  3. Brew the tea for a minimum of 13 minutes, and maximum of 20 minutes. Then remove the tea bag.

Additional Tips:

  • 100grams black tea: 5L of water
  • This instruction is for Oolong, Assam, and Earl Grey.

Again, this is a basic instruction on how to brew a tea. There are different kinds of tea and brands so make sure to check the back of the packaging for additional instructions.

Assembling or Making your Milk Tea (for 16oz cup).

  1. Put all dry ingredients (non-dairy creamer, flavored powder if you have) in your shaker.
  2. Add the hot tea up until 250cc, then mix using your stirrer to dissolve the powder.
  3. Add the fructose, then mix again.
  4. Fill up the shaker with ice, then close the lids.
  5. Mix all ingredients by shaking your shaker up and down for about 15 seconds or until you feel the shaker turn cold.
  6. In a cup, transfer the cooked tapioca pearls (3 spoonful or more) then add your Milk Tea mixture.
  7. Enjoy your drink!

Additional Tips:

  • Make sure to dissolve the dry ingredients in a hot tea before adding fructose and ice.
How to make milk tea at home

So, what do you think? Simple right? You can already have your own Milk Tea at your home any time you crave for it!

And who knows, you might also want to turn it into a biz of your own! For starters, this pandemic we’ve also seen homemade/for delivery only milk tea brands too! If interested just follow us on Facebook and Instagram, we might have another article in the coming weeks or months on how to open your own Milk Tea Shop.

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Enjoy your DIY Milk Tea at Home!

7 thoughts on “How to Make Milk Tea at Home”

  1. Now that you mention it, I became interested in making my own milk tea at home. I’m not a huge milk tea fan but when I buy one, I want one with lots and lots of pearls which charges you extra. By making my own, I can have as many pearls as I can. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Blair Villanueva

    Yay milk tea is life! Though I’ve not into milk tea, this recipe is very helpful especially for my stepchildren who go nuts for milk tea like Gong Cha!

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