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Clear glass filled with layer of white mochi, ice and creamy brown hued earl grey milk tea with a bamboo straw.

Mochi Tea

This mochi tea has plenty of soft, chewy, bouncy mochi paired with creamy milk tea!
Course Drinks
Cuisine Asian, Chinese, Japanese
Keyword earl grey tea, egg-free, gluten-free, glutinous rice flour, milk, milk tea, mochi, no-bake, nut-free, tea, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 343 kcal


  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons earl grey tea leaves
  • 2 teaspoons + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • ¼ cup glutinous rice flour
  • 6 tablespoons water


  1. Heat the milk until steaming (using either the microwave or on the stovetop), then add the tea leaves and let steep for 20-30 minutes. Remove the tea leaves, pressing on them to extract any milk tea, and discard the tea leaves.
  2. Stir 2 teaspoons sugar and 1 pinch salt into the tea until combined, then set aside to cool while you make the mochi.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 pinch salt and the glutinous rice flour until combined. Then, add in the water and mix until there are no lumps or dry patches of flour.
  4. Cover the bowl loosely with plastic wrap or a microwave cover, and microwave for 30 seconds at a time. Stir with a heatproof, nonstick spatula to make sure the mochi is cooking evenly. It’ll be done when it’s opaque and firm, and not gritty to the touch (you can also taste it; it shouldn’t taste raw).
  5. It took 60 seconds using a 1250 watt microwave, so you might have to cook longer/shorter depending on how powerful your microwave is.
  6. Let the mochi cool slightly.
  7. Scoop the mochi into your serving glass, then add a few handfuls of ice. Pour in the milk tea. Give the drink a good stir (I don’t like using reusable straws here, since the sticky mochi can be a pain to clean out of the straw) to break up the mochi a bit, then enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You don’t have to make earl grey milk tea; feel free to use this topping for any drink you’d like!

You can cook the mochi over the stove instead if you would like; it’s such a small portion that I prefer to do it in the microwave.

You can store leftover mochi in the fridge if you’re only storing for 1 day; if you’re storing for longer, freeze the mochi in single serving portions and place in an airtight container for up to 1 month.