How To Cook Tapioca Pearls For Bubble Tea – Simple & Easy To Do

Bubble tea with tapioca pearls and shaved ice is one of the attractive drinks young Asians today. If you want to know how to cook tapioca pearls for bubble tea. So what do you need to do?

First, you should go to the supermarket and buy packaged tapioca pearls but I have found that these packaged tapioca pearls usually do not have detailed cooking instructions, so I hope this article will help you in progress cooking tapioca pearls at home

1. What Are Tapioca Pearls?

Tapioca pearls, also known as boba or tapioca balls, are small white spheres made from tapioca, which have a slightly translucent texture when finished cooking. Tapioca pearls are quite tasteless, so they are often used in combination with a variety of sweet drinks, especially milk tea and Thai tea.

2. How to Cook Small White Tapioca Pearls


  • 1 cup of raw small white tapioca pearls (160g)
  • 8 cups of water, each cup is 200ml
  • A pot with lid, mesh strainer, spoon, plastic wrap, & bowl 


Step 1: Pour 8 cups of water into a medium-sized pot. Place it on the stove and let it come to a boil on high heat.

Step 2: Next, add the tapioca pearls to the boiling water cautiously. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 15 minutes, occasionally stirring to prevent them from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Then turn off the heat and let stand another 15 minutes

Step 3: Now, transfer the cooked tapioca pearls on a mesh strainer to drain the excess water and begin to rinse the pearls gently through cold running tap water. This step helps the tapioca pearl retain its crunchiness.

Step 4: Put the cooked & rinsed tapioca pearls in a bowl and soak with prepared sugar water. (Dissolve three tablespoons of sugar into 1 cup of warm water). Close the lid and serve when bubble tea is ready.

You can also use sugar syrup or brown sugar instead of sugar water. Use tapioca pearls within 5 hours and do not store them overnight

How To Cook Tapioca Pearls

    Tips When Cooking Tapioca Pearls

You must not wash tapioca pearls before cooking, and you should only add tapioca pearls when the water has boiled.

The size and number of tapioca pearls will affect the cooking time and the amount of water to be used. Usually, 100 grams of dried tapioca pearl need 5 cups of water to cook; each cup is 200ml. During the cooking process, you may have to add water several times. If you don’t want them to stick together

That is what we can share about how to cook tapioca pearls at home. You can make your batch of boba and relish it as bubble tea, sweet dish, or add in savory cuisines.