My favourite bubble tea while I was in University was taro milk bubble tea.
I usually opted for the artificial powdered stuff — the smell was so sweet! It was only later that I realized that the real deal taro tastes so much better!
So here’s my quick and easy recipe for real (not the powdered stuff!) Taro Milk Bubble Tea!
WHAT IS TARO?
Taro is a starchy root vegetable with a brown skin and beige/light purple interior with purple flecks.
It’s used in many Asian dishes, savoury or sweet.
I use taro in my Bubur Cha Cha, and it is commonly used in taro pastries (wu gok), or steamed taro cake (wu tao goh).
You can find taro root in Asian supermarkets.
MAKE THE BOBA PEARLS
Follow this post to see how to make the handmade tapioca pearls/boba from scratch.
HOW TO MAKE TARO MILK BUBBLE TEA
First, cook the taro. You’ll only need 50g of cooked taro, so it’s not very much.
You can save the rest of the taro for another application.
COOK THE TARO
You can cook taro by boiling it in water or microwaving it.
Peel the taro, cut into small chunk and boil it in water, until fork tender.
Peel and cut the taro in small chunks, and place it into a small bowl with a little splash of water. Cover with a lid and microwave for 1-2 minutes, until fork tender.
Mash the taro while it is warm. If it’s dry, add a splash of water to help it along.
Next, blend together the mashed taro, condensed milk, vanilla extract and almond milk (or milk of choice).
To make the purple colour, add in purple sweet potato powder.
Blend together until smooth.
Add the cooked boba pearls to a drinking glass.
Fill with ice, and pour the blended taro milk over top.
NOTE ON PURPLE COLOUR
Taro root does not have a vibrant purple colour. We’re “conditioned” to think that taro flavour = lilac or pale purple colour!
To achieve the purple colour naturally, I used purple sweet potato powder.
You can omit the purple sweet potato powder, and you’ll have a more beige/pale chalky colour, which is perfectly fine.
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Real Taro Milk Bubble Tea
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- 3 Tbsp cooked, mashed taro
- 2-3 Tbsp condensed milk sweeten to taste
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ - ½ C almond milk or milk of your choice
- 1 Tbsp purple sweet potato powder for colour, optional
- Ice cubes
- 1 batch Homemade boba pearls
- Blend together the mashed taro, condensed milk, vanilla extract and almond milk (or milk of your choice), along with the purple sweet potato powder (if using).
- Add boba pearls to a drinking glass, fill with ice, and pour the blended taro milk over top.
- Serve immediately.