I love boba, and luckily for me, I live in the Bay Area with plenty of Boba options. Going out for boba is a special afternoon treat on the weekends. But one thing that always bothered me about boba tea establishments is the lack of recycling and large amount of plastic waste. Think about it – plastic cups, films, and plastic straws enjoyed once and then thrown away. With the rise of plastic straw alternatives, I decided to do something about it.
There are many alternatives to single-use plastic straws, including stainless steel straws, paper straws, silicon straws, and bamboo straws. We decided to buy these bamboo straws and try our hand at making home-made boba (easy recipe below).
Boba Recipe (with a sustainable twist)
I purchased a Set of 10 Bamboo Straws by BeeGreeny. I wondered if the straws would be big enough for boba. Bamboo grows naturally, so each straw is slightly different in width. Luckily, 8 out of the 10 straws I purchased were big enough for boba.
If you enjoy cold boba, it’s important to make the tea at least 4 hours ahead to allow time for it to chill. This recipe serves 2 people.
- 1 cup tapioca pearls – we purchased these WuFuYuan pearls and they were perfect!
- 10 cups water
- 1/3 cup honey
- 8 cups tea, brewed ahead of time and chilled. I prefer oolong tea like this Golden Moon Organic Loose Leaf Oolong Tea.
- Milk or non-dairy creamer to taste. For a creamy taste, use whole milk or half-and-half
- 4 cups ice cubes
- In a large pot, bring water to a roiling boil.
- Add boba to boiling water and stir.
- Cook in a rolling boil for 2-3 minutes.
- Turn off heat and simmer for another 2-3 minutes.
- Scoop out the pearls and let them rest in cold water for 20 seconds.
- Scoop out the pearls into a dry bowl and mix in honey.
- Let rest in honey for 20 minutes or up to 3 hours, depending on how sweet you like your pearls.
- In a glass, add ice and prepared tea until the glass is 50% full. Then, add milk and your desired about of boba pearls. Mix in honey or sugar to taste.
- Use your favorite reusable straw. Enjoy!