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Clear glass cup filled with honey boba, ice and off white colored oolong milk tea with a metal straw.

Oolong Milk Tea

This oolong milk tea has the perfect balance of creaminess and strong tea flavor!
Course Drinks
Cuisine Asian, Chinese, Taiwanese
Keyword black tea, boba, egg-free, gluten-free, milk tea, non-alcoholic, nut-free, oolong, vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Steep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 2 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 276 kcal


  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon oolong tea leaves
  • ¼ cup raw boba
  • ½ tablespoon honey
  • ice


  1. Heat the milk until steaming (I prefer using the microwave, but the stove is fine too).
  2. Stir in the sugar and salt until dissolved, then add the tea. Let the tea steep for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove the tea leaves, pressing on them to release any trapped milk, then discard the tea leaves.
  4. Let the milk tea cool completely.
  5. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the boba and cook according to the package instructions. The boba is done when it’s translucent and a little shiny; it shouldn’t be powdery or hard when bitten into.
  6. Drain the water from the boba, and stir the honey into the hot boba.
  7. In your serving glass, spoon in the boba, add a few handfuls of ice and pour in the milk tea.

Recipe Notes

Any milk works (whole milk and soy milk are my favorites, but anything is fine).

Feel free to use maple syrup or brown sugar in place of the honey.