Ube Boba Milk Tea


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Indulge in the delightful flavors of ube with our homemade Ube Boba Milk Tea recipe. This vibrant and visually stunning drink combines the rich and earthy notes of purple yam with the creaminess of milk tea, topped with chewy boba pearls. Whether you’re a fan of boba tea or simply curious to try something new, this recipe will take your taste buds on a delightful journey. Get ready to savor the unique flavors and textures of this popular Filipino-inspired drink.

Ube Boba Milk Tea is a delightful fusion of flavors and cultures that has gained immense popularity in recent years. Its origins lie in the vibrant and diverse world of bubble tea, also known as boba tea, which originated in Taiwan during the 1980s. Bubble tea, with its chewy tapioca pearls or “boba,” quickly spread across Asia and eventually worldwide.

The star ingredient in Ube Boba Milk Tea is “ube,” a purple yam that is a staple in Filipino cuisine. Ube is known for its striking purple color and sweet, nutty flavor. In this recipe, the vibrant purple hue of ube is incorporated into a creamy, sweet milk tea, creating a visually stunning and flavorful drink. This fusion of Taiwanese bubble tea and Filipino ube results in a unique and delicious beverage that has captured the hearts of many.

Ube Boba Milk Tea

Ube Boba Milk Tea is a modern twist on the traditional milk tea beverage, infused with the vibrant purple color and distinct flavor of ube (purple yam). This recipe combines brewed black tea, sweetened condensed milk, and ube flavoring or puree to create a creamy and indulgent drink. The addition of boba pearls adds a delightful chewiness and texture to every sip. It's a perfect balance of flavors and a treat for both the eyes and the palate.

Tools and Equipment

Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 15 mins Rest Time 2 hrs Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins Difficulty: Intermediate Servings: 2 Calories: 413.15 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the black tea bags or loose black tea leaves and steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags or strain the tea leaves using a fine-mesh strainer.

  2. Stir in the granulated sugar until it dissolves completely. Let the tea cool to room temperature.

  3. In a blender or large bowl, combine the cooled black tea, ube flavoring or puree, and sweetened condensed milk. Blend or whisk until well combined and the mixture is smooth.

  4. Transfer the mixture to the refrigerator and let it chill for at least 2 hours to enhance the flavors.

  5. While the tea mixture is chilling, prepare the boba pearls according to the package instructions. Cook until they are soft and chewy. Once cooked, drain and rinse the boba pearls with cold water.

  6. To assemble the Ube Boba Milk Tea, fill two tall glasses with ice cubes. Divide the boba pearls equally between the glasses.

  7. Pour the chilled ube tea mixture over the boba pearls, filling the glasses about three-quarters full.

  8. Stir gently to combine the boba pearls with the tea mixture. Insert a boba straw or wide straw into each glass.

  9. Serve the Ube Boba Milk Tea immediately and enjoy the refreshing flavors and delightful texture of the drink.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories 413.15kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4.44g7%
Saturated Fat 2.8g14%
Cholesterol 17.34mg6%
Sodium 64.94mg3%
Potassium 189.54mg6%
Total Carbohydrate 89.76g30%
Dietary Fiber 1.66g7%
Sugars 44.37g
Protein 5.71g12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Please note that the nutritional values provided are approximate and may vary depending on the specific ingredients and portion sizes used. It's always best to double-check with your specific ingredients and measurements for accurate nutritional information.


Tips and Variations:
  • For a vegan version, substitute the sweetened condensed milk with a plant-based milk alternative and use a vegan-friendly sweetener.
  • Experiment with different flavors of boba pearls, such as taro or lychee, to add variety to your Ube Boba Milk Tea.
  • Adjust the sweetness of the drink by adding more or less sugar, depending on your preference.
  • Garnish the drink with a sprinkle of ube powder or a drizzle of ube syrup for an extra touch of presentation and flavor.
Serving Suggestions:
  • Serve the Ube Boba Milk Tea as a refreshing afternoon treat or as a unique beverage for gatherings or parties.
  • Pair it with light snacks like mochi, pandan cake, or coconut macaroons to complement the flavors.
Allergen Information:

Here's the allergen information for Ube Boba Milk Tea:

  • Dairy: Traditional milk tea contains dairy in the form of milk or cream. If you have lactose intolerance or a dairy allergy, consider using lactose-free or plant-based milk alternatives.

  • Tapioca Pearls (Boba): Tapioca pearls are a key component of boba milk tea. They are gluten-free but can be a choking hazard for young children. Ensure proper preparation and supervision when consuming them.

Wine or Drink Pairing:

Ube Boba Milk Tea is a non-alcoholic beverage typically enjoyed on its own. However, you can experiment with pairings to enhance your experience:

  • Asian Snacks: Pair with traditional Asian snacks like sesame mochi or rice cakes for a delightful snack-time combination.

  • Fresh Fruit: Enjoy the drink alongside fresh slices of tropical fruit like mango, pineapple, or lychee to balance the sweetness.

Storage and Leftovers:

Ube Boba Milk Tea is best enjoyed fresh, but if you have leftovers or want to prepare it in advance:

  • Tapioca Pearls (Boba): Cooked tapioca pearls can be stored in a simple syrup (sugar and water) in the refrigerator for a day or two. Rinse them with cold water before using to remove excess sugar.

  • Ube Concentrate: If you have leftover ube concentrate, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

  • Milk Tea Mixture: You can pre-mix the milk tea components (tea, milk, sugar) and store them in the refrigerator for a day. Shake well before using.

  • Assembly: For the freshest experience, assemble your Ube Boba Milk Tea just before serving by combining the milk tea mixture, cooked boba, and ube concentrate. Add ice if desired.

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