What is Taro Bubble Tea?
When you think of Taro Bubble Tea, you probably won’t think of roots pulled from the dirt being used to make your drink. However, that’s the reality. Taro is a root plant that’s derived from the plant Colocasia Esculenta. It’s also sometimes referred to as Kalo, eddo, or dasheen.
You’ll find the root throughout China and in certain parts of Egypt as well. Traditionally, the root is colored in a light lavender shade, but it can also be white or even pink. Before it was used to create the popular Taro Bubble Tea, it was usually baked, boiled, mashed, or even fried. It’s also frequently referenced in Hawaiian culture.
In bubble tea, Taro is ground into a fine powder and usually mixed with sweetener and non-dairy creamer. Most bubble tea powder that you buy will be a 3-in-1 mixture of flavor powdering, sweetener, and non-dairy creamer.
Taro Bubble Tea Recipe
Whether you’re a bubble tea shop owner or a bubble tea fanatic, this recipe will show you how to make Taro Bubble Tea like the pros.
Here’s what you need to get started:
- Taro Bubble Tea Powder
- Hot Green Tea or Water for your Base
- A Shaker Cup
- Tapioca Pearls
Once you’ve gathered all your ingredients, you’ll be set to begin breezing through the Taro Bubble Tea recipe.
1. Prepare Your Base
Taro Bubble Tea needs to be made with either hot green tea or hot water as a base. Make sure that it is hot though because it’ll need to be hot enough to thoroughly dissolve all the taro powder. This is what gives your tea flavor, so make sure it’s not too cold.
2. Put two scoops of taro bubble tea powder into your 700ml shaker cup
3. Fill up your shaker cup half full (350ml) with your hot tea (or water)
4. Mix the powder and hot tea with a metal stirrer until the powder is dissolved
5. Add ice to the top of the shaker cup and either shake by hand for 7 seconds or use a shaker machine
6. Pour your shaken tea over tapioca pearls, seal your cup and enjoy!