These tapioca pearls are the key ingredient for making bubble tea. The pearls are made from the root of the cassava plant and have a mild, slightly sweet flavor.
Store them in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. After opening, store them in the refrigerator and use as soon as possible.
For every cup of tapioca pearls, you’ll need 10 cups of water. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot. Slowly add the tapioca pearls and stir gently. Wait for the pearls to float to the surface, then cover the pot with a lid. Let them simmer for 2 to 3 minutes over medium heat. The longer they cook, the softer they will become. Turn off the heat and let the pearls steep for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the tapioca pearls from the water and place them in cold water for about 20 seconds. Then transfer the pearls to a dry bowl and add sugar or honey to taste. You can also add sugar or honey to the boiling water so it can better infuse into the pearls. Use the pearls within 4 hours.
Tapioca pearls are primarily composed of tapioca starch. Tapioca starch can absorb a significant amount of moisture, causing the balls to expand during cooking. It’s during the cooking process that tapioca pearls develop their black, translucent color and their chewy, gel-like texture. Tapioca balls do not have a pronounced flavor; they are mainly added to bubble tea for their texture.
You can potentially make tapioca pearls yourself, but it’s a very time-consuming process that takes many hours and a lot of attention to detail. That’s why we at Thee.be always opt for pre-made tapioca pearls. This way, we can enjoy delicious bubble tea more quickly!
Tapioca starch 42%, water, corn starch, color: ammonium sulfite caramel coloring (E150d), thickener: guar gum (E412), preservative: sodium diacetate (E262i), flavor.”