Jar of tapioca balls* with sweetened syrup (usually in
brown or red)
1 can sweetened condensed milk (preferably
Tea - Chinese tea, such as Oolong or Black
or Japanese Green Tea
3 teaspoons granulated sugar
Pot of boiling water
* For a single serving, use a quarter cup of tapioca balls. For servings of two
or three, use half the jar. Use the entire jar for family servings.
Pour desired amount from the jar into a strainer so that all the syrup separates
from the tapioca balls. Bring a pot of water to boil. Once the water starts
boiling, put in the tapioca balls. Add 3 teaspoons of sugar (so that the tapioca
balls have a softer yet chewier texture). Let the tapioca balls boil for about
5 minutes. Bring the pot to simmer for 3 minutes.
Drain and rinse in cold water using the strainer. Leave it in the strainer.
Prepare a pot of tea.
Afterwards, open sweetened condensed milk and pour about a tablespoon into
a 12 ounce glass. (For single servings, use about a tablespoon of condensed
milk, as this stuff is really thick and sweet. For larger servings, add to taste.)
Refrigerate unused sweetened condensed milk after opening. Add about 8 ounces
of tea to the glass of condensed milk. Mix until the condensed milk has fully
dissolved into the tea.
From the strainer, pour the tapioca balls into the glass of milk and tea.