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Brown Sugar Matcha Bubble Tea

20 min

Drink

This beautifully layered drink is a fusion of a creamy matcha latte and sweet bubble tea. The chewy pearls are coated in a brown sugar syrup, which adds the perfect balance to the earthy matcha flavour.

Servings

Total

20 min

Prep

10 min

Cook

10 min

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Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp (28 g)
    brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL)
    boiling water
  • 2 tsp (4 g)
    matcha powder
  • ½ cup (120 mL)
    hot water, at around 80°C/175°F
  • 1 tsp (5 mL)
  • 1 cup (111 g)
    ice cubes
  • 2½ cups (600 mL)
    barista oat milk
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Directions

  1. Add the brown sugar and boiling water to a bowl. Stir vigorously until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. In a saucepan, cook the tapioca pearls according to the package instructions. For us, this took about 5 minutes.
  3. Drain the tapioca pearls, rinse under cold water, and transfer to the brown sugar syrup jar. Give it a mix.
  4. Sift the matcha powder into a bowl. Then add the hot water. Use a matcha whisk* to whisk until there’s a foam layer on top of the matcha.
  5. Add the vanilla extract to the matcha mixture and whisk again until combined.
  6. Divide the brown sugar pearls between the glasses, top with the ice cubes, milk, and lastly the matcha. Enjoy!

Notes

  • A premium grade of matcha is preferable for this drink over culinary or cooking grade matcha.
  • Ideally around 175°F/80°C.
  • Nutrition tip: aim to use plant-based milk that is fortified with calcium.
  • * If you don’t have a matcha whisk, add the same amount of matcha and warm (rather than hot) water to a jar, and shake until combined.

Storage

  • Best to enjoy this bubble tea immediately.

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Jess - July 30, 2022, 1:37 a.m.

Hi Sadia and PUL team!
Thank you for the easy to follow recipe.
I just tried it and it was absolutely refreshing on this humid day. The vanilla extract and sugar really helped cut through the earthiness of the matcha powder.

PUL Team - July 30, 2022, 8:27 p.m.

Beyond happy to hear, Jess, thanks a bunch!


Stef - July 24, 2022, 11:55 p.m.

Perfect way to beat the heatwave here in the southern part of the US. Delicious and creamy!

PUL Team - July 25, 2022, 3:37 a.m.

So glad it's being enjoyed, Stef! Stay cool out there ☀️


Charlotte - July 22, 2022, 6:36 p.m.

I love all of your matcha recipes and this one did not disappoint! I loved the bitterness of the matcha paired with the creaminess of the milk and the sweetness of the boba pearls. So delicious! 🌿❤️

PUL Team - July 23, 2022, 2:02 a.m.

It means so much the bubble tea was enjoyed, Charlotte, thank you!


Meli - July 20, 2022, 10:11 a.m.

I tried the matcha one today... wwoowww it was so good. It was also my first time tasting matcha and I have to say it tastes wonderful. I like the combo of matcha in a bubble tea, since I think it would taste too earthy on its own. I'm more of a sweet tooth so this recipe is perfect for me.

Later 'i wanna try out the strawberry one, since I have some pearls left :)
THANK YOU FOR THIS

PUL Team - July 20, 2022, 4:24 p.m.

Oh so lovely to hear, Meli, thank YOU! We hope you enjoy the strawberry bubble tea as well 🤗


Quynh - July 17, 2022, 10:52 a.m.

I did not like matcha. But after seeing your beautiful recipe video I gave it another try. And I'm surprised how much I love this drink! Using barista oatmilk, which is richer and sweeter than soy milk as well as using vanilla extract makes all the difference. It tastes much more mellow and rounded this way. Good call!

PUL Team - July 17, 2022, 4:06 p.m.

Beyond thrilled to hear, Quynh, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with it 🤗


Tanya - July 13, 2022, 12:49 p.m.

This was so refreshing and simple to make! hello, new summer obsession :D

PUL Team - July 13, 2022, 5:42 p.m.

Aw so happy to hear, Tanya, thank you 😃


Keren - July 11, 2022, 2:32 p.m.

Hi, what's the difference between the white tapioca pearls and the black boba pearls? Can you use the white ones for this recipe?

PUL Team - July 12, 2022, 7:33 a.m.

Hey there, Keren, we prefer black boba pearls since they have brown sugar, which gives them their darker colour plus a sweeter flavour compared to white pearls. You can use white tapioca pearls if desired though. You may just want to sweeten them in syrup after boiling them for a sweeter flavour 🙂

Keren - July 12, 2022, 8:17 a.m.

Thanks!


Shania - July 10, 2022, 5:29 p.m.

I tried and it was above my expectations!!Thanks PUL and team.

PUL Team - July 10, 2022, 9:33 p.m.

We're so glad it was enjoyed, Shania!