Bubble Tea: Harder Than You Think
“Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
BOBA! You all have tried boba or bubble tea before right? No? Well, you have to try it. Google boba places near you and try one before you read this post! Or you could wait till after that’s perfectly fine too, haha.
Where to start… First of all, if any of you have tried boba before than you know what I’m talking about. Those of you who don’t know what it is, let me explain. Boba, or bubble tea, are chewy round tapioca balls that people but in their drinks. I would say that the boba balls themselves don’t really have a taste. Boba is just a fun way to spice up your drink… Personally, I like having a shake or smoothie with boba in it.
The first time that I tried boba was with my best friend in Koreatown. I might’ve had it in milk tea or thai tea and I think it was hard. The boba left a terrible taste in my mouth. After the first time, I continued to try it. In the mall, there is a place that sold smoothies with boba. Also, I was on the tennis team and all of us, most of us, loved boba. We would have someone pick up boba during our games cause why not? Now, whenever someone I know doesn’t know what boba is or hasn’t tried it, I persuade them to try it. SO FAR, I’ve gotten two people to like boba. Which goes to show you how many people I hang out with…
Alas, I need to get to the main topic of my post. I MADE BOBA. Correction: I SUCCESSFULLY made boba. Boba has always been something that I’ve wanted to attempt to make.
I was on Pinterest, like always, searching for a boba recipe. Unfortunately, I cannot link you to the specific website I got the idea from, my apologizes. However, most of the websites I found had the same recipe.
There are two ways to make boba. The first being from scratch and the second being that I could buy dry pre-made boba. At this point in time, most people would be like “I’ll buy the pre-made boba because I’m smart”. I’m not like most people so can you guess what I did? I decided to make it from scratch. WORST.DECISION.EVER!
It was so unbelievably frustrating.. Making it from scratch calls for tapioca flour and water. (I thought that was easy…) The flour had to be rolled into tiny perfectly sphere shaped balls. I also had to make a lot of them and it just wasn’t working. The water has to be warm in order to roll the dough. The dough would quickly cool and dry out. Almost every minute I was putting water on the dough and if I tried rolling the dough while it was drying it would crumble. I wanted to give up after 2 or three boba balls.
I ended up making maybe 20 of the boba balls? (Probably off…). Next, I had to boiling the boba balls in water until they were edible. The balls were suppose to be completely clear. They were not, even though I cooked them for said time. When I ate them they were watery, bland, and hard. If they hadn’t looked like they were still uncooked then they definitely tasted like it.
I tried the boba ‘from scratch’ recipe maybe once more after the first time. The flour is still sitting in the cabinets somewhere. However, just a few weeks ago I felt the urge to try making boba again. I picked up the pre-made boba at a near by Asian market, this time I was going to be smart. All I had to do was follow the instructions on the packing.
First, I boiled some water and poured in the amount of boba I wanted. Second, I had to stir the boba until it rose to the top. Third, I covered the boba and let it boil for about 10 minutes, Lastly, I turned off the stove and left the boba sit (still covered) for another 10 minutes. I poured the cooked boba into the hot sugar water once the ten minutes was over. The boba was perfect. For me, it was perfect. Especially when I let the boba soak in the sugar water. I even add some vanilla when it boils for some taste.
In the end, the boba turned out well. As I like to point out, because this was a good example, that there is always a second chance. No matter how difficult the first time, we can always try again.