Brown Sugar Milk Tea

Updated: Feb 17

Here is how to make brown sugar milk tea at home.


Milk Tea

You may use our Oolong bubble tea kit as directed or try the below recipe :)

2 cups of milk - you can use any choice of milk (2% , soy or oat milk work best)

2 tbsp loose oolong tea leaves

1 tbsp light brown sugar

Ice cubes

Brown Sugar Syrup

240ml water

½ cup brown sugar


Milk tea: Add the milk, tea leaves, and sugar into a pot, and heat it up until the milk starts to steam. Let the tea leaves steep in the hot milk for 15-20 minutes, then take out tea bag. When the milk tea is cool enough, transfer it into a jug or bottle, and keep it in the refrigerator until it’s cold.

Cooking Boba Chef’s tapioca for brown sugar braising:

In large pot, boil about 7 cups of water for every 1 cup of dried tapioca

  • Once you have a rolling boil, add your dried tapioca pearls into the pot and wait for the boba to float. Stir frequently to avoid tapioca from sticking to each other.

  • Once all the boba float to the top, lower the heat to medium and keep a simmer. Continue to cook for 30 -40 minutes uncovered. Stir occasionally. Taste at the 30 min mark for desired firmness.

  • After 30-40 minutes, strain the boba and run them under cold water to remove the excess starch around them.

  • Add to a bowl of cold water until braising syrup is ready.

Braising the pearls: To make the braising syrup, add the water and brown sugar in a small pot, and bring to a boil. Add in the chilled boba pearls, and turn the heat down to a slow simmer. Let the pearls braise for 20 minutes, until the braising liquid turns thick and syrupy. Keep it warm after it’s done cooking.

Serving: To serve, tilt the glass or cup at a 45° angle, and place the tapioca pearls close to the lip of the glass, letting them slide down to the base. Repeat this on all sides to get a trippy, tiger stripe-like ripple effect, then add the ice cubes and milk tea. It’s best to drink it with a straw so you can get at the pearls as you drink the tea.

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