When my husband and I eat out, we always dissect the food and drink trying to figure out how to make it at home. And sometimes we manage to figure it out. After drinking kegs-worth of boba over the years, my husband started making it at home, and I have some pictures of the process and final product to share with you. Let me ask him how to make it:
Christie: "How do you make it?"
Michael: "Make what?"
Christie: "Milk tea."
Michael: "Oh. ummm. 8 cups of water. 12 black tea bags. 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk."
Christie: "What do you do with it?"
Michael: "Put it in a... you're not interviewing me again are you?"
Christie: "No." (don't judge me!)
Michael: "Boil the water, dunk it a lot. I dunk it until i'm tired of dunking it. Leave the lid on stewing."
Michael: "You have to put the sweetened condensed milk in while it's warm. I think. That's what I do."
In nice, recipe format, that would be:
Bring 8 cups of water to a rolling boil. Turn off heat. Dunk 12 black tea bags repeatedly in the hot water.
Mash them up against the side with a spoon. Then, let it steep for about five minutes. The dunking, mashing, and steeping make really strong tea which is what you want.
Then, stir in 2/3 cup of sweetened condensed milk. Let it cool. Refrigerate.
Also, you can buy these bobas on Amazon if you want the full experience. We followed the directions on the package and they turned out perfect! Though they only last about a day in the fridge after you cook them.