Matcha Milk Tea
1.5 tsp of a Ceremonial Grade Matcha
6 oz of any milk
.5 oz of honey (or to taste)
Keep Reading for preparation instructions :)
Are you into drinking Matcha right now?
I am definitely a matcha girl! I love mine with water and boba but when I'm feeling real "Balls to the wall" I have a Matcha Milk Tea with coconut milk, honey AND boba.
Milk teas are a great treat/splurge, especially on a hot summer day but where do they come from? In the spirit of eating with purpose I'd be happy to give a little background!
Matcha Boba Milk Teas are actually a cultural trifecta! Matcha originates in Japan, some say as far back as 1191 A.D when a Monk brought it to Japan from China. It's important to know that all matcha is not created equal and lower quality matcha will usually have a bitter, chalky after taste.
It's hard to really pin point the origin of classic milk teas but in the U.S you will find them most similar to that of Hong Kong style milk teas. Strongly brewed tea, sweetener & milk (usually condensed milk or evaporated milk + Sugar).
Lastly, Boba! Which originates in Taiwan (1980s) and is apparently slang for "large breasts" in Mandarin. Uh Oh!, Definitely going to think a little harder before calling it that again!
They're made up of Tapioca starch, which is extracted from the Cassava plant and is usually added to the sweet milk teas. Boba or Tapioca Pearls can be found all over the world.
Prepare the boba at least an hour ahead of time and let it sit in sweetener so it maintains its texture. See recipe here
Pour the milk into a blender or mixer with the matcha and honey.
Mix all ingredients together until they're dissolved and you see no green clumps.
Strain and spoon your desired amount of boba into a cup and pour in the matcha mixture, add ice and VOILA! There's your perfect DIY Matcha Milk Tea.