Strawberry Matcha Boba

After a few watery, wrinkly attempts, making my own boba tea used to intimidate me. But after some repeated success with Thai tea milk tea and store-bought tapioca pearls, I decided to take on this three-layer Boba Guys masterpiece. Turns out, it’s possible to recreate at home! For all the boba lovers in Florida or other Asian-food-deprived pockets of the US, this one’s for you.

Strawberry Matcha Boba

Makes 2 servings


For the strawberry syrup (makes 10 servings):

  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, cut into quarters or sixths depending on size
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

For the boba:

  • 1/2 cup tapioca pearls
  • 2 tsp honey

For the matcha tea:

  • 1 tsp quality matcha powder
  • 1/2 cup hot water (~80°C)

For the rest:

  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • Ice (key for getting the distinct layers)
  • 2 boba straws


  1. Make the strawberry syrup: In a medium pot over high heat, combine the fresh strawberries, granulated sugar, and water. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to low-medium, and let simmer for 15 minutes. Then set aside and let the strawberries sit in the syrup for another 15 minutes to release all that good strawberry flavor. Using a strainer, separate the strawberries pieces from the syrup (粒粒皆辛苦- strawberry pieces pair perfectly with some whole milk greek yogurt).
  2. Make the boba: In a small pot, bring the water to a boil. Add the tapioca pearls, return to a boil, and let cook for 3 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and let the boba sit in the hot water for another 2 minutes. Drain and divide the boba into two cups. Add the honey, mix, and let the boba marinate while you make the matcha tea.
  3. Make the matcha tea: Whisk together the matcha powder and hot water. Set aside.
  4. Putting it all together: Into the glass cups, add ice over the boba. In the following order, slowly pour in the strawberry simple syrup (2 tbsp), whole milk (1/3 cup), and matcha tea (1/4 cup). Admire briefly, mix all three layers together with a wide straw, and enjoy!


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