DIY Thai Boba Tea Recipe

thai boba tea


When my mother and I arrived in Thailand, our first purchase was a Thai Boba Tea from a street cart in front of the bank.

We got it to-go and drank it while we walked around the city of Chiang Mai. If you have been to Thailand, then you have seen people carry their drinks around using a plastic carrying handle. If you don’t know what I am talking about, you can see what I mean here on We took our drinks and headed out: slurping around the city.


chaing mai temples


If you want to experience this taste of Thailand in your home, follow the recipe below. 

Let me know in the comments below your favorite type of Boba Drink!

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DIY Thai Boba Tea Recipe
I often get the craving for boba tea and boba shakes. There are many variations that you can make once you buy the tapioca pearls. This recipe is specifically for the bright orange Thai Boba Tea. Easy, Refreshing, and a tasty treat!
  1. First, you will want to cook the tapioca pearls, there should be instructions on the package you buy. Typically it involves boiling and cooling them.
    Boiling water
  2. When the tapioca pearls are about finished, start to brew your tea or prepare it per your instructions. My tea calls for about 4 tablespoons of tea per cup of water. Once the tea is brewed, strain it over ice for cooling.
    stain tea
  3. Now it is tim to combine all of your ingredients. First I scoop the boba pearls into the glass, followed by the sweetened condensed milk. Personally, I don't like ice in my drink with the boba so I strain the tea away from the ice. BONUS POINTS if you can find the thick straws to drink the boba pearls with, if not a spoon works just fine.
    thai boba tea
Recipe Notes

To make the tea, it is easy as long as you have access to the ingredients through a local Asian market or online. At my Asian market, there were more than ten options of pearls available for under $5USD.

You can additionally buy the loose-leaf Thai tea at the Asian Market. There are iced tea packets that already contain sweeteners and cream, or, you can buy the tea to brew and sweeten on your own. I prefer to do this and brew my own.

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