If you're craving a refreshing and tropical drink, look no further than the Mango Boba Tea Recipe. This delightful beverage combines the creamy goodness of mango milk tea with the chewy texture of black tapioca pearls.
My daughter LOVES mangoes. And this Mango Boba tea is one of her favorites. I omit the tea in hers, so you can do the same if you don't want caffeine in your boba.
Whether you enjoy it as a sweet treat or a satisfying drink, this Mango Boba Tea will become your new favorite go-to beverage.
- Why you'll love this recipe
- What is Mango Boba Tea
- What are tapioca pearls?
- What is tapioca starch?
- Ingredients for Mango bubble Tea recipe
- Types of Mangoes to use for Boba tea
- How to make Mango Boba Tea
- Garnishing options
- Helpful kitchen notes and tips
- Helpful kitchen tools for this recipe
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Related Thai recipes you'll love
- Mango Boba Tea Recipe
Why you'll love this recipe
- Tropical mango flavor: Experience the delicious taste of ripe mangoes in every sip.
- Chewy tapioca pearls: The delightful texture of boba pearls adds a fun element to the drink.
- Easy to make: Simple steps to create this flavorful beverage at home.
- Customizable: Adjust sweetness and milk options to suit your preferences.
What is Mango Boba Tea
Mango Boba Tea, also known as Mango Bubble Tea, is a popular drink in Asia. It typically consists of black or green tea mixed with fresh mango juice, chewy tapioca pearls, and sweeteners. The tea is shaken with ice and served cold, making it a perfect summer drink.
What are tapioca pearls?
Tapioca pearls are small, chewy balls made from tapioca starch. They are commonly used in various boba recipes and popular drinks in Taiwan. Traditional tapioca pearls are made by rolling and shaping tapioca starch into small tapioca balls, which are then cooked until they become soft and translucent. These pearls are often added to drinks such as milk tea and fruit smoothies, creating a fun and unique texture.
If you're in a hurry, you can also opt for quick-cooking tapioca pearls. These pearls are processed in a way that makes them cook much faster, usually in just 5-10 minutes. To enjoy boba pearls, you'll need a wide boba straw to sip on the drink while enjoying the tapioca pearls.
What is tapioca starch?
Tapioca starch, from which the pearls are made, comes from the cassava root. Cassava is a tropical plant that is rich in starch. The cassava roots are ground into a fine powder during manufacturing, and excess starch is extracted. This starch is then processed and shaped into tapioca pearls or turned into tapioca starch, a versatile ingredient in various culinary applications.
The pearls have a neutral taste, but they can absorb the flavors of the drink they are added to, providing a delightful burst of tropical flavor. Some popular variations include mango boba pearls and green tea boba, which make for a refreshing drink experience.
You can learn more about tapioca and its uses here.
Ingredients for Mango bubble Tea recipe
- Fresh mangoes. I tested my recipe using Mexican and Champagne mangoes. Champagne mangoes are incredible! Frozen mango puree works well. Mango juice or pure mango nectar works, but they will not have the texture of whole mangoes.
- Milk. Coconut milk, oat milk, soy milk, almond milk, or dairy milk (choose based on your preference). I used 1 cup of coconut milk plus 1 cup of oat milk. Play around with your measurements, but coconut milk is highly recommended.
- Honey or agave. Use simple syrup or brown sugar syrup for sweetener.
- Brown sugar boba, the perfect chewy tapioca pearls and very easy and fast to cook
- Brewed black tea or green tea. Omit if you want to make it caffeine free
- Cold water. You'll need 6-8 cups of water to boil the tapioca pearls.
- Crushed Ice cubes. Optional for the added chill to the tea
Types of Mangoes to use for Boba tea
When making boba tea, using ripe fruit that adds a sweeter taste to your drink is best. Using champagne mangoes or Mexican mangoes is a great choice. These mangoes are commonly found in the United States and are known for their sweet and juicy flavor. They can be used as fresh fruit chunks or blended into delicious and refreshing fruit juice.
How to make Mango Boba Tea
Step 1. To make this delicious treat, start by preparing the tapioca pearls. In a small pot of water, cook them in boiling water until they become soft and translucent. Drain and rinse them under cold water. Place them in a small bowl, then soak them in brown sugar syrup for added sweetness. Set them aside.
Step 2. Brew a cup of strong black, jasmine, or green tea and let it cool to room temperature.
Step 3. Peel the skin off of the mangoes and slice the meaty part from the seed into large chunks. Next, combine the ripe mango, milk, brewed tea, and your choice of milk in a blender. Blend until well mixed to create a smooth and creamy mango smoothie.
Step 4. Fill a glass with cooked tapioca pearls. Pour the mango tea mixture over the tapioca pearls. Feel free to add some crushed ice, too, for an added refreshing taste.
Step 5. Stir well to combine the flavors. You can alternate pouring between boba pearls and mango puree until you fill up the glass to get more pearls to float to the top of the glasses. Add more honey or milk to taste.
Garnish with mint or basil leaves, mango slices, or other fresh fruit, if desired.
Enjoy this refreshing and fruity beverage at home, or visit your favorite bubble tea shop to indulge in one of their delicious mango boba drinks.
- Fresh mango slices
- Popping boba in different flavors
- Passion fruit or other tropical fruits
Helpful kitchen notes and tips
- You will need to grab extra large straws, as regular straws are too small for those round tapioca balls. Adjust the sweetness to your preference by adding more or less simple or brown sugar syrup.
- You can find tapioca pearls and popping boba at specialty grocery stores or online.
- For a dairy-free version, use coconut milk, oat milk, soy milk, almond milk, or any other dairy-free milk you choose.
Helpful kitchen tools for this recipe
- Extra large straws
- Blender or smoothie maker
- Pot for cooking tapioca pearls
- Airtight container for storing leftover cooked tapioca pearls
What to serve with Mango Boba Tea: Mango Boba Tea is a complete drink, but you can pair it with light snacks or pastries for a delightful treat.
- Use popping mango tapioca pearls for a burst of added flavors that perfectly complement the tropical taste of the mango milk tea.
- You can use frozen mango or canned mango puree if you can't find fresh mangoes or juice.
- Brown sugar, simple syrup, and agave can be used as a substitute for honey.
Mango Boba Tea is best enjoyed immediately after preparation. However, you can store leftover cooked tapioca pearls in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for a day or two.
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely! You can experiment with different fruit juices or purees to create your favorite fruit-flavored boba tea.
You can adjust the sweetness level using less sugar or natural liquid sweeteners like maple syrup.
Tapioca pearls and popping boba are available in many grocery stores and online retailers. Purchase black tapioca pearls on Amazon here.
You can use green tea as a base for a lighter and fresher flavor.
While this drink is refreshing and delicious, it does contain added sugar from honey or sweeteners, so it's best enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.
Yes, feel free to use your preferred dairy milk in the recipe.
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