DIY Thai Boba Tea Recipe

When my mother and I arrived in Thailand, our very first purchase was a Thai Boba Tea.   We bought it from a street cart in front of the bank where we exchanged our currency. [Okay… technically the first expense was the taxi to the hotel… but the first REAL purchase was the glorious tea.]  Every time I drink this , it takes me right back to that cart on the side of a quiet street . Nostalgia in a cup. DIY Thai Boba Tea Recipe that you can mimic anywhere in the world that you can find the ingredients. 

DIY Thai Boba Tea Recipe that you can make at home. Inspired by my authentic travels around Northern Thailand. Read more here #blog

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My mother and I got that initial Boba Thai Tea to-go and drank it while we walked around the old, walled city of Chiang Mai. If you have been to Thailand, then you may 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 con plastic [sorry earth] and headed out: slurping around the city.


chaing mai temples, the things my eyes have seen Boba Tea Recipe

One of the items on my Thailand Bucket List was to see plenty of wats while in Thailand. Seeing these wats with fresh boba tea in my belly ,was just the Thailand cultural experience that I needed. 

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

{ & 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.
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  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.
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  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.
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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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