I love that bubble tea has become a pop cultural artefact. Back in October I watched the latest Halloween incarnation—you know, as in Michael Myers with the interminable stab reflex—and the film had no markers of a time frame; except that one character slurped from a super-sized boba beverage. That bubble tea made celluloid history right there. (There may also have been a Snapchat reference, but I’ll ignore that as it would derail my little anecdote.)
Anywaayy, I love irreverent pop culture riffs, and I love bubble tea. Which is why I thought…why not bubble coffee?
And while we’re at it with OTT brilliant ideas, why not bubble coffee with condensed milk, hmm…?
My iced condensed milk-sweetened cuppa jo + bubbles is inspired by a combo of Asian things. Cha chow is milk tea prepared with condensed milk, rather than evaporated milk and sugar. Hong Kong-style milk tea and brewed coffee together is called yuan yang. Bubble tea originates from Taiwan, and its shorthand—boba—is actually slang for breasts, because of the shape—true story. Also, *cue new nickname, boobie tea.*
Anyway, my version is one half of the yuan yang, plus some
boobs bubbles. It’s sweet, creamy, cool and chewy. I want to drink this ALWAYS.
The BEST hot weather beverage mash-up yet: bubble-tea-meets-iced-coffee-meets-condensed-milk. Get some balls and LET’S DO THIS.
- Ice cubes
- Your favourite coffee, enough brewed for 4 cups
- 3/4 cup quick-cooking tapioca pearls
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup condensed milk
- Bubble tea straws
- Stash your pre-brewed coffee in the refrigerator to cool completely—a few hours or overnight is best.
- Cook the tapioca pearls according to package instructions. (Don’t boil them until you’re just about ready to serve—they harden fast.) Let cool in a bowl of cold water.
- Transfer and divide tapioca into four empty glasses. Pour in cold coffee.
- In a jug, gently whisk together milk and condensed milk. Divide evenly into coffee glasses (ooh, look how pretty it all swirls!).
- Top with a couple ice cubes, stick in a straw, and serve pronto.
TIP: Don’t be tempted to store any leftover ‘bubbles’; they’ll harden fast into a glutinous, impossible-to-chew disappointment. Only make enough for what you’ll need.
- Category: Drinks