When I was little, like elementary school, there was an amazing sushi place in town. It was called Daikoku (probably spelled correctly, or close, this was a long time ago), and we went there for special occasions. I don’t have really clear memories of it, but I do remember sitting in a corner booth with my grandparents eating sushi.
Unfortunately, the place closed when the head sushi chef wanted to return home to the wheat fields of Missouri. However, it became a Bubble Tea and snacks restaurant. It was the first time that I had ever had bubble tea, and I became obsessed. The sweet tea, the chewy tapioca balls, jabbing the straw through the plastic. Plus, you know, it was THE middle school hangout. I remember great times with my friends, watching people play Wii Sports and eating pork buns.
Unfortunately, this place closed as well and became a Tudor’s Biscuit World, and life was sad. UNTIL last year. When I stumbled on tapioca pearls for sale on Amazon, and found out that you can make bubble tea at home, however you want. Follow the directions on the back of the package, make your favorite tea, stick a milkshake straw in, and enjoy.
- 1/4 cup tapioca pearls (I bought these, on Amazon, but found them for cheaper and in cooler flavors in my local Asian grocery)
- 1 tea bag of your choice
- Milk or sugar to taste
- Cook the tapioca pearls according to directions on the package. Generally, this means boil for 3-5 minutes and then simmer until soft.
- Make your favorite flavor of tea, and add milk and sugar to taste. I like vanilla coffee creamer. Add the pearls, stick a milkshake straw in, and enjoy!