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DIY Brown Sugar Pearls

Updated: Oct 1, 2020

To date, one of my most popular experiments in the kitchen on Instagram. It was a unique time when Bubble tea was no longer an essential service, and my cravings left me no choice but to make my own.

DIY Brown Sugar Pearls in Fresh Milk

The recipe uses only a few ingredients but does require some skill to get right. Read on till the end or check out the video for clearer instructions on how to make your very own Brown Sugar Pearls.


30g Brown Sugar

3tbs Water

33g Tapioca starch + 33 Tapioca starch


  1. Heat brown sugar in water until just melted over the lowest fire/ heat setting. Add 33g of tapioca starch and mix for 6-7 seconds with a spatula watching carefully. Do not let it reduce too much. Remove from heat.

  2. Add another portion of 33g of tapioca starch and heat over the lowest fire/heat setting until just combined. Everything should JUST come together like a dough.

  3. Remove from heat and work the dough on a counter to combine once slightly cool. Be careful not to burn yourself.

  4. Knead for 5 minutes until a smooth dough forms.

  5. Cut into 2 portions to make it easier to work with. Roll the dough into a 1cm thick rope and cut out 1x1cm pearls.

  6. Roll each piece into a round ball and keep in a bowl with tapioca starch so they don’t stick to each other and dry out.

  7. To serve, boil for 25-30 minutes or until slightly translucent. Scoop the pearls into ice water to stop the cooking and keep them chewy.

  8. Make your own brown sugar syrup by heating brown sugar with a little bit of water until reduced.

  9. Pour syrup into base of glass, fill with Brown Sugar Pearls and fresh milk. Done!

Some tips:

Here are some BBT making tips I shared on my Instagram highlights. Excuse my spelling errors.

Now that circuit breaker is over, would you try making your own Pearls? Or would you just head to the nearest BBT outlet? I’m curious, leave a comment below and let me know.



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