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Clear glass filled with brown sugar boba and lilac colored taro milk tea and ice.

Taro Milk Tea

This taro milk tea is creamy and comforting, flavored with a hint of taro and green tea.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Keyword boba, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, milk tea, nut-free, pearl milk tea, tapicoa pearls, taro, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Steep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 385 kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cup peeled and cubed taro
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons green tea leaves
  • 1 ½ tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 pinches kosher salt
  • Purple food coloring optional
  • ¼ cup raw boba
  • ice

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil, then add the taro and cook until the taro is very soft. It should have very little resistance if you try to pierce it with a fork, so this can take 30-40 minutes.
  2. Drain the taro and let cool. Mash the taro with a fork.
  3. Warm the milk, then add the green tea and let steep for 30 minutes. Remove the tea leaves, squeezing out any excess, and discard the tea leaves. Stir in ½ tablespoon brown sugar, a pinch of salt and food coloring (if using) until combined, then let the milk tea cool completely.
  4. Bring another pot of water to a boil, and add the boba. Cook until the boba is translucent throughout, and isn’t chalky or opaque in the middle. You can taste one if you’re not sure. The time for this ranges depending on what kind of boba you buy, so check your package’s instructions.
  5. Drain the boba, and mix with 1 tablespoon brown sugar and a pinch of salt.
  6. In an empty glass, spoon in the boba and the mashed taro. Add a few handfuls of ice, then pour in the milk tea. Mix to combine, then serve.

Recipe Notes

You can use any other kind of tea (nothing too strong/smoky though) or sweetener that you’d like.