Coffee, Milk Tea
Vietnamese Iced Coffee Smoothie with Boba
I have an obsession with boba milk teas otherwise known as bubble teas. I remember the first time I heard about them, my brother, Eric, mentioned them to me. He told me about them after a visit with family in either Texas for California (I forget which one). I remember vividly trying to ask him to explain them to me over and over again, I didn’t get it. So there’s a fat straw and you suck up the tapioca and you chew on it? That’s weird. I don’t think I’m interested.
Fast forward to when I visited family in California with him and he MADE me try it. It was all over then. He didn’t tell me that the chewy tapioca kind of reminds you of chewing a gummy bear. And the drinks, the teas, the slushies and smoothies, you can order…all sorts of great stuff. My avocado smoothie that I love was inspired by one I had a boba tea shop in Orlando!
I use these black dried tapioca pearls you can find at your local Asian grocery store or online. You also need the fat boba straws too!
That’s the boba or tapioca pearls soaking in the sugar water. I like to use all light brown sugar or a half granulated sugar and half light brown sugar.
Funny story about this slotted spoon. We have had it for years and a long time ago, Curtis decided to bend it…it’s perfect bent…super ergonomic to use! Ha
While these are not completely authentic Vietnamese Iced Coffees…they are a great stand in and making them into a smoothie…out of this world! I seriously made these smoothies three times and the boba…five million times. To test it, to make sure I got it right just for you. Who am I kidding? I’m addicted!
I have to drive an hour for the closest bubble tea shop and now I make them at home. I still go to the tea shops when I’m out and about but you can’t beat being able to make these at home!