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Taro Milk Tea
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5 from 2 votes

The Perfect Taro Milk Tea

Lightly sweet and nutty, homemade Taro Milk Tea is a treat that can be enjoyed hot or warm and can be prepared in less than 10 minutes!
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine: Asian, Taiwan
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 2
Calories: 347kcal
Author: Elle John


  • 2 Tea Bags of Jasmine Green Tea or Black Tea or the equivalent in leaves if available
  • 2 Cups of Water
  • 2 tablespoon Unsweetened Taro Powder
  • 1 cup Coconut Milk or any other dairy or dairy-free preferred milk
  • 2 tablespoon Easy-To-Cook Boba or Tapioca Pearls
  • 2 tablespoon Taro Syrup
  • Ice OPTIONAL: if serving this cold


  • Start by cooking the easy to cook tapioca or boba pearls as per the package's instructions.
  • Once ready, drain them well and add them in a bowl with the taro syrup; adding them to the syrup will prevent them from sticking to each other. Set the bowl aside.
  • Heat up the water for the tea to about 180*F [80-85*C] and add the tea to it; allow the tea bags or leaves to simmer for 3-5 minutes. Once ready, remove the tea bags immediately, as overbrewing the tea may make it bitter.
  • - OPTIONAL: If drinking this cold, allow the tea to cool down for at least 10 minutes.
  • In the meantime, add the coconut milk and taro powder to a bleder jug and blitz together for about 30 seconds, or until there are no lumps of powder left in the beverage.
  • Finally, it's time to put all the ingredients together.
  • Divide equally the tapioca or bobab pearls with the syrup in two glasses. If serving this cold, add the ice cubes as well.
  • In each glass, add half the amount of the tea and half the amount of the taro flavored milk.
  • Serve with a large-mouth straw or spoon and enjoy!


  • Taro Powder: If using sweetened taro powder, reduce the amount of taro syrup, as the tea may result too sweet if not.
  • Milk: Almond, Soy, and Oat milk are great dairy-free alternatives. Regular dairy milk [any fat percentage] can be used too.
  • Tapioca or Boba Pearls: Regular pearls take about 45-60 minutes to cook, which is quite long to prepare a drink, so I recommend using the easy-to-cook version, which usually takes a handful of minutes. Warm pearls taste best, as they are at their softest.
  • Taro Syrup Substitute: In a saucepan add equal amounts of dark brown sugar and water and mix well. Put the saucepan on medium heat and bring to a light simmer always stirring; once the sauce starts to thicken [about 3 minutes from simmering] remove it from the pan. This sugar syrup can be prepared with muscovado sugar for a more caramel like taste or caster sugar for a more delicate flavor.
  • Sugar-Free: If skipping sugar, add the cooked boba or tapioca pearls to a bowl of cold water to keep them from sticking.
  • Serving: If using the pearls, serve with a large mouth straw or a spoon, as a thin straw won't allow them to be enjoyed.
  • Nutritional Values: These will greatly vary depending on the milk, powder, syrup, and pearls used, so they are a very generic guideline.
  • Storage: Taro Milk Tea without pearls can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days and in the freezer for up to three months. Once the cooked tapioca or boba pearls are added, it must be consumed straight away [or within a couple of hours] for the best taste.


Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 344mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 4mg