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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Ginger Mango Boba or Bubble Tea - and some vintage finds

Bubble tea or boba is such a fun drink. We bought some at a Vietnamese store next to my husband's shop, it was good but they made it with the powder flavors and it just tasted so artificial. So time to make it at home with fresh ...or frozen fruit.


I found some of the large tapioca pearls at the same Asian store, I have some black ones too. I couldn't find anything but the quick-ready in 5 minutes ones.

Cook them in boiling water and then pour honey or sprinkle with brown sugar, stir and let them cool. I cooked 1/2 cup in 2-3 cups water. Let the water boil first then add the tapioca pearls, cook according to the directions or for 15 minutes then turn off the heat and let set for 15 minutes, then drain, sprinkle and cool until ready to use.

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  •  1-2 tea bags (green or black tea)
  • 3 pieces or peeled and cut ginger
  • honey or sugar to taste
  • 1 cup milk (coconut, almond, sweetened condensed, any milk you like) to taste
  • 1/2 cup mango puree, or any fruit nectar that you like ( I should of used more)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of cooked cooled tapioca pearls

In a sauce pan heat up the water and add the ginger and let it cook for about 10 minutes...add the tea bags and if using sugar add it now so it will dissolve...let steep until tea is nice and strong and sugar dissolved, if using honey add it after the tea is strong and turn off the heat so honey is not cooked just dissolved. If using sweetened condensed milk add it to the warm tea mix so it will melt a little. Remove the tea bags and ginger pieces and let cool some before combining.

Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker (I added the pearls last) or just mix it all up really good add the pearls and serve with a fat milk shake straw so you can suck up all those yummy, soft, chewy tapioca pearls...and enjoy.

I has been hard for me to keep up with all my posts, so sorry to fall so far behind. We went up to Michigan to help my sisters go through my parents estate, it was a long and hard process and something we all never thought we would be doing so soon and all at once like this. It did bring back so many things that my mom had hung onto from our childhood. They were in this house for about 25 years, before that were in the house we all grew up in, so it was a treasure to use to have some things that were in our childhood house.

Anyway I'm back and I wanted to share some of my thrift store vintage finds. Going through the family items reminds me of my many vintage things I pick up along the way...many thing I already got was because I remember my mom using them so I find one for myself. I was lucky enough to get her pyrex nesting mixing bowls in primary colors. My mom had told me she was able to find a replacement for the one little bowl she had missing for many years.

I don't have this color anywhere in my kitchen, but these came with two lids and were a nice smaller size.
One of my favorite thrift store find is this pink pyrex mixing bowl...just the one, but it was a steal at 3 dollars.
This is the first I've seen some Fire King luncheon plates, kind of an odd size at 7 1/2" in the milk glass, with pretty pink flowers, I got 11 of them.

And two milk glass custard dish in the "blue heaven" pattern. This is just a few I will be sure to post my mom's mixing bowls and more as we go later.

I sure hope you try to make your own bubble tea, again it can be made any flavor you like!!