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30 & 30 Cooking Method for Brown Boba

This method works for tapioca pearls from Bossen & Tea Zone and is not meant for "quick cooking" pearls. It can also work as a starting point for tapioca pearls that don’t come with instructions.
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time30 mins
Resting30 mins
Total Time1 hr 1 min
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Asian, Taiwanese
Keyword: Boba, Tapioca pearls
Servings: 2
Calories: 182.5kcal
Author: Hungry Huy


  • 1/2 c tapioca pearls
  • 10 c filtered water
  • 2 tbsp sugar or honey


  • In a large pot, add 10 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  • When it hits a rolling boil, add the tapioca pearls and wait for them to float to the top of the water. Once the boba is floating, lower to medium heat.
  • Continue to simmer for 30 minutes uncovered. Stir occasionally to prevent the pearls from sticking.
  • After 30 minutes, remove the pot from the stove, cover with lid, and let rest another 30 minutes.
  • Strain the boba and rinse under cold running water to stop the cooking and remove the starchy outer layer.
  • Taste-test the tapioca pearls and test if they're fully cooked through. They should be soft and chewy, but not crumble when you eat it. Note that just because the centers may look opaque it doesn't mean it's raw. They can still be cooked fully, so you need to taste test to make sure they’re cooked.
  • If the pearls are still not cooked throughout or have hard centers, repeat steps 2-6 with a new batch of water.
  • To sweeten your boba after they are finished cooking, add about two tablespoons of sugar or honey on top and let sit for an additional 10 minutes.


Calories: 182.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 45.7g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 59.6mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 13.3g | Calcium: 43.1mg | Iron: 0.6mg