Traditional Boba Milk Tea Recipe

When I head to town to do a bit of shopping, I always end up going to Meowko which is a well-known established milk tea latte bar. They’re so delicious, the only problem is that going there a lot can start to become expensive. Which is why I started experimenting with ingredients to recreate my own from home.

Now I can happily say that I’ve perfected the Japanese milk tea and I am happy to share my recipe with you. You will need to purchase a high-quality teabag. I like to use Jasmine green tea by Twining’s due to its sweet floral aroma.


  • Green Jasmine Tea
  • Boiling Water (50ml)
  • Sugar (Optional)
  • Ice (Optional)
  • Milk (Your choice)


Boil the kettle as you would make any tea. If you can let the water cool down a little before sleeping your tea bag. You need around 50 ml of boiling water to your tea bag and you must make sure that you do not let it steep for any longer than 2 minutes as this could ruin the delicate taste and flavour.

After the colour has significantly changed of the water or it has been just under 2 minutes you can then remove the tea bag and add sugar one teaspoon of sugar and then mix it well to dissolve then you can go ahead and add ice if you would like your drink cold or alternatively don’t add ice if you’d like to drink it warm.

For a cold milk tea, you should let the beverage become cold and then you can top with the milk of your choice. Traditionally it is made with cow’s milk but I prefer to use soya milk and it works just as well. You can go ahead and remove the ice if you would like or you can leave it in. It doesn’t matter, it just depends on how cold you want your drink. If you would like your drink warm or hot, then you should heat your milk before adding it to your drink and serve. You could add traditional toppings, common ones include.

  • Mango jelly
  • Coconut jelly
  • Tapioca pearls
  • Strawberry / Passion fruit poppers
  • Mousse

To make these toppings. That would be a whole other recipe however if you do want to use them they are available on many sources online. Once I have found out the process to make them myself I will share it. For a twist on this traditional milk tea. You could add strawberries diced into cubes and blueberries which adds an interesting sweetness / fruitiness to the drink.

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