Tuesday, August 25, 2009

How To Make Bubble Tea

First up: Iced Milk TeaTo make a pitcher of milk tea, you will need:
- 1 can of Sweetened condensed milk (300 mL) - I use Longevity Brand... it costs $2.69 at T&T.
- 1 can of Evaporated milk (370 mL) - Carnation brand, costs $1.69
- 12 to 15 teabags (or more if you like it stronger) of pure black ceylon tea. I use Alokozay brand tea. It can be found at T&T supermarket for $2.69 (a very good price!). If you can't find ceylon tea, you can use earl gray or chai.
1) Put 12-15 tea bags in a 2 litre pitcher. Add hot water a little above the half way point of the pitcher. Allow the tea to steep for ~10 minutes.

2) Take out the tea bags and open up your can of condensed milk.
3) Stir it up. Make sure to rinse out the can with some of the hot tea to get ALL the condensed milk.
4) Open up your can of evaporated milk and pour it into the pitcher. If there is more room in the pitcher, add water until it is full.
5) Fill a cup with crushed ice.
6) Pour your milk tea into the cup.
7) Add a straw and enjoy!!!

I personally used 12 tea bags... although I think it would have benefited if it was a bit stronger. You should try with 15 tea bags in my opinion and configure it the next time you make a pitcher. This should be enough for 8-10 servings.
If you just want to make a single serving of milk tea, then follow this recipe:
1) Put two tea bags in a mug, pour hot water half way or 1/3 of the mug. Allow to steep for 5-10 mins
2) Take out the tea bags and add two tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk and stir
3) Add the evaporated milk or regular milk if you want it to be creamier
4) Pour over top crushed ice

Next up: Taro Slush / Smoothie / Milkshake
1) Take a cup and fill it up with ice (3/4 of the way up) and add milk so most of the ice is submerged.
2) Put the ice and milk in the blender.
3) Add two tablespoons of sugar to the blender. (more or less depending on your preference)
4) Add 3-4 rounded teaspoons of taro powder to the mix. Blend and pour back out into the cup.
5) Enjoy!!! If you want, you can add a scoop of ice cream (take out a bit of ice) to make a milkshake.
I buy my bubble tea mix from Richmond in Aberdeen Centre (at that Van cheong Tea house). If you can't find bubble tea mix in your area, you can contact me and I'd be happy to ship some over to you.

Lastly: Avacado Smoothie
1) Add ice to a cup 2/3 of the way up. Add milk to submerge the ice.
2) Put the ice and milk in the blender with 2-3 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk (you can use sugar if you don't have sweetened condensed milk)

3) Cut the avacado in half, remove the pit and wrap up one half for later. Scoop out the avacado and put it in the blender.
4) Blend up, pour it into a cup and enjoy!!! You can add a scoop of ice cream if you like (just take out 3ish ice cubes) or a few drops of vanilla extracts to enhance the flavour.

My favourite out of all these is the avacado smoothie! It's so healthy and creamy. Think it's not healthy and just plain fatty? Do some research before you make any assumptions. 10 Health Benefits of Avacado!

Missing the pearls? Personally I do not really like tapioca pearls. But you can find the 5 minute pearls at T&T supermarket or any asian store. I don't recommend the regular tapioca pearls because they take forever to cook, disintegrate in the water and make a starchy, sticky mess. The 5 minute pearls are the way to go! They come in packages like this.
You can also find coconut jelly (Nata de coco) and other various jellies at Asian markets to add to your drinks.


  1. ohhh, i didn't know you could make stuff haha.

  2. what's the use of taro powder? thanks