How to make boba, pudding, and other bubble tea toppings from scratch

It’s been a rough couple of days since our government ordered the closure of more F&B businesses, which included our beloved bubble tea shops. But if you want to get your boba fix and kill some time while you’re at it, then try creating your own bubble tea at home. And since it’s the toppings that make the beverage, check out the following recipes that offer the simplest ways to make your favourite BBT toppings from scratch.

Aiyu jelly

A refreshing and slurp-worthy dessert, aiyu jelly is also a popular milk tea topping among bubble tea fanatics. Make it yourself by following the video above, but skip the last few steps of making the syrup as you’ll only require the jelly for your tea. Utilising only two ingredients such as the seeds of a dried fig fruit and spring water, all you need to do is be sure to get the right ingredients and the jelly basically makes itself.

Boba pearls

These little suckers have really changed the bubble tea game. From golden pearls to bursting boba balls, there are so many options to choose from. But if you want to enjoy the traditional tapioca ones, here’s a tutorial that shows you how to make those chewy black pearls using starch extracted from the cassava root. You’ll be required to do some pan frying, boiling and kneading, so prepare your arms for a workout.

Egg pudding

If you’re a fan of Gong Cha’s pudding milk tea, try making the versatile topping yourself. Start by mixing a teaspoon of gelatine into a small bowl of water and set it aside to soak. Then, heat up three quarters of a cup of half-and-half cream and gradually add this to an egg and sugar mixture. Combine the water and gelatine with the egg mixture and leave it on the stove to warm. Once it starts to firm, just pour all of the liquid into a container and leave it in the fridge four about four hours. Once it’s set, you’ll get to scoop large chunks of delicious pudding to add to your milk tea.

Milk foam

Probably the easiest topping to make, milk foam or milk cap pairs perfectly with clear iced teas. Just blend together cream cheese, whipping cream, a pinch of salt and condensed milk; what you’ll get is a creamy and frothy foam to scoop atop your tea beverage.