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Homemade Tapioca Pearls

Tapioca pearls is caramelised sugar coated boiled and cooked tapioca balls made with tapioca and sugar and it is normally served by adding it to milk or milk tea. Tapioca pearls is a Filipino delicious drink will cool you in summer and keep your energy high to do your things in summer.


Tapioca pearls is one of the most favourite sinkers for one of the trendiest drinks of today—the milk tea! Whenever I order milk tea, they only put a spoon of pearls on my drink and I needed to order extra scoop of it. This may be the reason why I and some people are trying to make this at home. How to make boba pearl with flour is very tremendous as we can make almost any flavour with boba ingredients. There are available dried tapioca pearls which are ready-to-cook. Just boil it and then you can directly add it to your drink. But it is much more satisfying when you can make your own tapioca pearls from scratch. Making it at home will only require you three ingredients: tapioca flour, brown sugar and water. Yes, that’s it! Try your first batch of homemade tapioca pearls by following the recipe below.


Prepare yourself since the preparation of your favourite tapioca pearls will include a lot of kneading and rolling. This can be a good bonding time with your kids.

To prepare the tapioca pearls, start by heating a pan under low heat. We are using a low flame since we do not want to burn any of the ingredients that we will add later.  Dissolve the brown sugar in water and then add 1/3 cup of the tapioca flour or starch into the pan and mix it with the dissolved sugar. Tapioca flour/starch is used because they only have a subtle flavor and they gel easily. Add the rest of the flour and mix it well. Use a spatula to scrape the sides. Transfer the dough in a flat surface. The initial dough will be crumbly at first and that’s okay. The next step will involve a lot of kneading until the dough is smooth and not sticking to your hands. It may take you a few minutes and a lot of arm work to achieve this. The next part is just making the dough into balls. It is advisable to roll the dough into logs then in smaller logs to make it more manageable.

When the tapioca balls are ready, heat a pan and place some water which is around 2 to 3 inches high. When boiling, drop the tapioca balls gently. Cook the pearls for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, you will notice that there are still white parts in the middle of the pearls. This is why you need to turn the heat off, cover the pan for 15 to 18 minutes and let the remaining heat on the pan cook the tapioca pearls. After this step, you will notice that the white parts are gone. Half of the dough can make a cup of cooked tapioca pearls. But some of you might ask during this point, “Why is my tapioca pearls not as dark like the ones from the milk-tea shops?” How to cook tapioca pearls at home is a matter of minutes.

For the last step, we will make a brown sugar syrup. Heat a pan and dissolve some brown sugar. Add the cooked tapioca pearls and let it cook together. You will notice that during this point, the dark colour of the brown sugar is absorbed by the pearls. And there you go! Your tapioca pearls are done. Grab a glass and add 3 to 4 tablespoons of tapioca pearls and roll them against the sides of the glass. This will make a good decoration and will make your drink more appetising! Pour some milk or milk-tea and add some ice. Oh! That made me thirsty! How to cook white tapioca pearls is delightfully chewy texture.

Homemade Tapioca Pearls

Course: Snacks




  • 1/3 cup water

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar

  • 1 cup tapioca flour/starch

  • ½ cup brown sugar (for syrup)

  • Milk or milk tea

  • ice


  • Heat a pan under low heat. Add water and the brown sugar. Stir gently until the brown sugar dissolves. Add 1/3 cup of the tapioca flour and mix well. Add the rest of the tapioca flour and mix until all the liquids are absorbed.
  • Transfer the tapioca dough in a flat surface and start kneading until it turns smooth and non-sticky. Cut the dough into half and keep one half in a plastic bag to keep it moist. Roll the half dough into a log and then cut into four parts. Roll each part into a log and then cut each log into three parts. Roll each part into thin logs which is around ½ to 1 cm in diameter. Cut the thin logs around 2 cm in length and roll into balls using your hands. Repeat these steps with the rest of the dough.
  • Boil some water in a pot under medium heat. Add the tapioca pearls. Cook the pearls for 15 minutes. Mix once in a while to prevent them from sticking to each other. After 15 minutes, turn the heat off and then cover for 15 to 18 minutes. Strain the tapioca pearls.
  • To make the brown sugar syrup, heat ½ cup brown sugar in a pan under medium-low heat. Add the cooked tapioca pearls and stir gently until the sugar dissolves. Turn the heat off and then transfer the tapioca pearls with syrup to a container.
  • Grab a glass and add 3 to 4 tablespoons of tapioca pearls. Roll the pearls around the glass to decorate the sides with the syrup. Add milk or milk tea and ice. Enjoy!

Watch how to Cook Homemade Tapioca Perals

Homemade Tapioca Pearls (TAGALOG)


  • 1/3 tasang tubig
  • 1/3 tasang asukal na pula
  • 1 tasang tapioca flour/starch
  • ½ tasang asukal na pula (for syrup)
  • gatas o milk tea
  • yelo


  1. Magpainit ng kawali gamit ang mababang apoy. Ilagay ang tubig at asukal na pula. Haluing mabuti hanggang matunaw ang asukal. Ilagay ang 1/3 tasa ng tapioca flour/starch at haluing mabuti. Ilagay ang mga natitirang tapioca flour/starch at haluin hanggang maubos ang tubig.
  2. Ilipat ang tapioca dough sa isang flat surface at masahin ito hanggang maging makinis at hindi na dumidikit sa kamay. Hatiin ito sa dalawa at itago ang kalahati sa isang plastic bag para hindi matuyo. I-roll ang dough ng pahaba at hatiin ito sa apat. I-roll ang bawat part at hatiin sa tatlo. Muling i-roll ang bawat part sa maninipis nah aba na nasa ½ hanggang 1cm ang diameter. Hatiin ang maninipis na haba ng maliliit na nasa 2cm ang haba. Bilugin ang mga ito gamit ang palad. Gawin ang mga steps na ito sa iba pang tapioca dough.
  3. Magpainit ng tubig gamit ang katamtamang apoy at ilagay ang mga tapioca pearls. Lutuin ang mga ito sa loob ng 15 minuto. Haluin ito paminsan-minsan para hindi magdikit-dikit. Patayin ang apoy at takpan ang kawali sa loob ng 15 hanggang 18 minuto. I-strain ang tapioca pearls.
  4. Para sa brown sugar syrup, magpainit ng kawali gamit ang katamtamang mababang apoy at maglagay ng ½ tasang pulang asukal. Ilagay ang tapioca pearls at haluin hanggang sa matunaw ang asukal. Patayin ang apoy at ilipat ang tapioca pearls sa isang lalagyan.
  5. Kumuha ng baso at maglagay ng 3-4 kutsara ng tapioca pearls. I-roll ang pearls sa gilid ng baso. Maglagay ng gatas o milktea at yelo. Enjoy!
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