How To Make Taro Milk Tea — The Best Recipe 2023

Have you ever tried making your own taro milk tea? I bet that once you try this drink, you will certainly be impressed.

Today I want to offer you a short and detailed instruction on how to make taro milk tea.

This taro milk tea is easy to make at home and tastes sweet, rich and creamy. The base ingredients of this taro bubble tea are brown sugar syrup and tapioca, but you can also drink taro milk by itself.

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I can’t get enough of taro. I always have taro cubes in a container in the freezer, ready to use. This is one of my favorite things that I cook for myself and friends.

One of the main advantages of making this drink at home is the significantly lower cost compared to buying it in a cafe. This post will show you how to make taro bob at home using taro powder and real taro. So, let’s move on to our taro milk tea recipes!

Taro Milk Tea – What Is It?

The taro root is used to flavor taro milk tea, which is a type of Taiwanese bubble milk tea that can be made with or without tea. The purple taro root is a tuber that looks like a potato and can be used as a powder or a paste.

In Chinese, the drink that comes out of this is called (Xing yù nichá). It has a beautiful purple color and a sweet, delicate flavor that is similar to a sweet potato but also has hints of vanilla and nuttiness.

I suggest you try out a simple taro milk tea recipe. It will need to mix a few ingredients such as tapioca gummies, milk, tea (jasmine tea works great in my opinion, but you can always experiment to get your perfect result), and sweet brown sugar syrup. It turns out not just a drink, but an incredibly refreshing dessert!

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To Make This Taro Milk Tea

Well, let’s get down to business. First of all, you need to prepare the products for this recipe. There aren’t many of them.

Tapioca pearls

I suggest you use this ingredient. Pearls are incredibly sweet and addictive. But of course you can experiment and use any kind of tapioca pearls. If you want even more taro flavor, you can add taro pearls.

Dark brown sugar also called muscovado sugar

Muscovado sugar isn’t as refined as regular brown sugar, so it has stronger notes of caramel and toffee.

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Taro Powder

In this case, I used taro powder. Of course, it’s no secret to anyone that there are other options for preparing this drink. The benefit of taro powder is that it’s simple, quick, and best of all, it already contains cream! This means you don’t need to buy them separately. If you are not a fan of this product, then you can use natural taro. The root must first be cleaned, chopped (usually it is cut into small cubes or rectangles – as it suits you). Then it is kneaded and a small amount of condensed milk is added.


This product is obvious. But, even in this case, there are variations. For example, if you don’t really like the rich creamy taste of the drink, then you can use not 100% of the milk from the amount indicated in the recipe, but 50%. The remaining 50% can be replaced with water.

I used genmaicha tea, but jasmine green tea or other green tea is also delicious.

For this recipe, you’ll also need a blender. Some packages say to shake the powder with hot water, but I find that the taro powder doesn’t always dissolve completely when I do that. I like to use a blender to mix the taro powder into the taro boba well.

Some variations to experiment and find your best taste

  • Vanilla extract: If you are a fan of the incredible aroma of vanilla, then this product can be safely added to the drink.
  • Boba Taro: A great option to use as an alternative to tapioca pearls.
  • This drink can also be made without any tea. Instead, just use more milk.
  • If you don’t want to use tapioca pearls or don’t have them on hand at the moment, coconut jelly or grass jelly can be used as an alternative.
  • Taro chunks: You could add cooked taro chunks to the taro boba milk tea to give it more texture and a stronger taro flavor.
  • One final tip: You can use regular jasmine green tea or black tea, another variety of green tea. The choice of this product depends more on your preferences, and not on the strict rules for making a drink.
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How To Make Taro Milk Tea: we analyze the process in detail and step by step

Brown Sugar Boba Pearl Syrup

Let’s start by making tapioca pearls. This element adds a special charm and taste to the drink. My advice: don’t skip this step. And I, in turn, will try to tell everything in as much detail as possible.

  1. Open the pearl package. Next, I recommend that you read the manufacturer’s instructions. Companies offer instructions with certain differences.
  2. Having coped with the pearls, proceed to the syrup. To do this, take a saucepan and add 40 ml of water there. Then add muscovado sugar.
  3. When boiling begins, the fire must be reduced. Stir syrup and add tapioca pearls. Boil the contents of the saucepan until it becomes thick enough.
  4. After that, the syrup is removed from the fire.
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Taro Bubble Tea: it’s very simple!

  1. Let’s start with tea. Choose the variety you like. I took green tea. We boil it.
  2. Let’s take a blender. Add milk and taro powder to the bowl. Do you remember my advice? You can use not 100% milk, but only 50%. And the rest is replaced with water. We mix all this well.
  3. Take a suitable glass or cup. My advice – be sure to take a glass transparent glass. We put a little brown sugar syrup with pearls.
  4. If you want a refreshing drink, add ice in the next step.
  5. The next step is to add the mixed milk and taro powder.
  6. And finally – add green tea (or the kind of tea that you like more).
  7. Fine!

How to make tea with taro milk: what could be easier and tastier?

  1. Take taro root. We clean it. Next, cut it into small pieces. Everything will need about 150-200 grams.
  2. Next, take a small saucepan, put the chopped taro root there and add water. We need to boil the taro until it can be easily cut with a fork. It should be soft enough. Typically, this process takes about 20 minutes.
  3. In order to obtain a homogeneous mass, the boiled taro root can be crushed with a fork. Add some condensed milk to it. You can also use a blender. In this case, this process will take less time.
  4. The resulting homogeneous mass can be added to green tea. You can also use tapioca pearls or beans, as well as ice.
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How To Make Taro Milk Tea — Step-By-Step simple guide

First, Cook The Tapioca Balls

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First of all, you need to deal with tapioca balls.
A little higher, I made detailed instructions on how to prepare bean or tapioca balls. If you purchased them in a specialized store, then you should pay attention to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Watch for the readiness of the tapioca balls. Once they are ready, you can rinse them with water. This is done so that they do not stick together. Further, to simplify the process, you can put them immediately in the finished syrup.

Step 2: Get the Brown Sugar Syrup Ready

Making syrup is very easy. While your tapioca is cooking, this is the perfect time to cook it. Place equal amounts of brown sugar and water in a small saucepan. Turn on the fire and gradually stir the contents. Sugar must be completely dissolved in water.
After about 3-5 minutes of cooking, the contents of the saucepan should become thicker. After that, you can remove the syrup from the heat and add the cooked bean balls.

Step 3: Leave The Jasmine Green Tea To Steep

Then you can proceed to the next step, namely the preparation of tea. I used green tea. For him, it is not recommended to take boiling water. I heated the water in a temperature controlled kettle to 176°F/80°C. This is the optimal value for brewing.
Add leaves or tea bags to your cup. Add hot water. To brew, it is enough to leave them for 5 minutes. After that, the bags or leaves are removed.

Step 4: Mix Milk and Taro Powder

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To do this, first blender. If it is not at hand, a whisk. We take milk (or milk + water in proportions of 50 to 50) and powder. Good symptoms.

Step 5: Put Taro Milk Tea Together

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Take 2 glasses of suitable size. First of all, lay out the mixture for the syrup, in which pearls have been previously added. After that add ice, tea, milk.
Well, now you can enjoy the result! It was worth it!

How To Serve: Simple Guidelines

Put boba pearls and sugar syrup in a glass.

If you want, add ice.

Mix in milk and jasmine or black tea with taro.

You must mean it! Tips and Tricks for Making Taro Milk Tea

  • Do not postpone the preparation of the drink until later if you have already started working with pearls. If you leave them, they will harden and have an unpleasant aftertaste. Therefore, it is recommended to prepare the drink no earlier than 3-4 hours before drinking it.
  • The level of sweetness is very easy to control by controlling the amount of brown sugar syrup.
  • Change the creaminess by changing both the kind of milk or cream you use and how much you add.
  • If you decide to use fresh root instead of taro powder, certain safety precautions must be observed. Wear gloves when cleaning. The product contains certain ingredients (saponins) that may cause skin irritation.
  • Use bubble tea straws. If you don’t, you’ll have to use a spoon.
  • You can make your drink even more beautiful and spectacular. To do this, you can color it with a natural dye (for example, you can use sweet potato powder).
  • The best tapioca balls are warm ones. When you serve them while they’re still warm, they’ll be softest and chewiest. The longer they sit, the harder they get.

You can change the number of tapioca pearls and brown sugar syrup to suit your taste. I like my taro milk tea to be sweeter, and I love chewing on pearls, so I’m all for it! I usually add more to mine, while H usually adds less.

You can double or even triple this recipe if you want to.

Get some boba straws, because your pearls won’t fit through regular straws.

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What’s Taro Root?

The brown skin on the outside of the taro root is made of starch. Inside, the flesh is white with small purple spots all over.

People used to think that taro was an Asian root vegetable because it was first grown in Asia. However, it is now being grown in more places around the world.

Many Asian and Southeast Asian dishes, like mochi, mooncakes, dumplings, ice cream, milkshakes, and more, use taro root.

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Taro root is high in fiber and has many health benefits, such as lowering the risk of heart disease and helping you lose weight.

The Difference Between Taro Root And Taro Powder

Depending on where you live and how much time you have, you can use either fresh taro root or taro powder in this recipe.

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You will save time and have an easier time finding taro powder. But if you live near taro roots, try making a fresh paste to put in your taro bubble tea.

Milk Tea Vs Bubble Tea

Milk tea is a term for many different tea-based drinks from different parts of the world. It’s mostly tea with milk added to it.

Boba is a broad term for a group of drinks that can be made with juice or tea and have chunky pieces in them. This could be jelly, tapioca, or fruit.

Bubble tea, boba tea, and pearl milk tea all mean almost the same thing: tea with milk and tapioca pearls. The names vary by region. You can find out Bubble tea vs boba: what didn’t you know about this tea?

What Does Taro vs. Ube Mean?

Taro is a root vegetable that looks like a potato and is starchy. It is grown in South India and Asia. Its outside is brown, and the inside is beige with purple spots. It tastes a little sweet and nutty, and there are hints of vanilla (similar to sweet potato yet not entirely).

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When made into taro milk bubble tea, it makes a lovely drink that is a pale purple color.

In contrast, ube is a bright purple yam that is darker, richer in color, and tastes and smells more like potatoes. You can make ube milk tea, but taro milk tea is more common and well-known.

What Does Taro Milk Tea Taste Like?

Taro tastes sweet, earthy, and a little bit like potatoes. There are also small hints of vanilla. Because it is starchy, when it is cooked and blended, it makes a thick and creamy texture.

When taro milk tea is made with coconut milk and jasmine tea, it tastes floral, nutty, and mild.

Is Taro Bubble Tea Vegan?

Most boba tea shops serve taro bubble tea with milk made from dairy. There are sometimes options for milk without dairy, though. Like oat milk, for example.

We wanted to make a version that would work for everyone, so we went with plant milk.

Coconut is our favorite choice for taro milk tea because its rich, creamy flavors go well with the vanilla notes in taro.

How To Store Taro Milk Tea

To answer this question, it is recommended to pay attention to the ingredients used.

For example, jasmine tea will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days. This jasmine tea can be with or without milk.

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Boba made at home will last for 6 months (uncooked). I wouldn’t cook them more than a few hours ahead of time, though.

Brown sugar syrup: this product has a long shelf life in the finished form – it can be kept in the refrigerator compartment for 3-4 weeks without fear.

For the best taste and texture, you should drink the taro bubble tea as soon as it is made. The boba will only stay fresh for a few hours (up to 4).

There are a lot of recipes for taro milk tea published on the internet. And we hope that our variation will help you to taste the best drink!


What is taro milk tea made of?

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This magical drink, which is not only incredibly tasty, but has a very spectacular aesthetic appearance, is prepared very simply and does not require many ingredients. You will need to purchase milk, taro powder, tapioca pearls (if desired), brown sugar.

Why is taro milk tea so good?

It’s incredibly delicious! Try it!
That creamy taste that is refreshing at the same time. And brown sugar syrup and tapioca pearls will not leave anyone indifferent!

Why is taro milk tea purple?

Yes indeed. The drink is obtained with a slight purple tint. This is due to the fact that taro powder has such a color, which is associated with the peculiarities of its production (the manufacturer adds purple food coloring).

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