How to Make Golden Boba At Home (6 Simple Steps)

February 20, 2024 | Drink Recipes

Written By: Millie Pham
Last Updated: February 20, 2024

Have you ever craved golden boba but didn't want to step outside or found it too expensive at cafes?

You're not alone. Many of us love the chewy, sweet goodness of golden boba but wish there was an easier, more budget-friendly way to enjoy it. That's where this guide comes in.

I'll show you how to bring the cafe experience into your kitchen without breaking the bank or needing fancy equipment. In just 6 simple steps, you'll learn exactly how to make golden boba at home.

Okay, let's jump right in!

What is Golden Boba?

Golden Boba is simply a type of tapioca pearl that stands out because of its color. These pearls are a bit different from the traditional ones you might find in bubble tea.

They have a unique golden color, which gives them their name.

Made from the starch of the cassava plant, they are cooked until they're just the right amount of chewy.

People enjoy golden boba in various drinks, where they add a bit of fun and a slight sweetness to your sipping experience.

If you're curious about trying something new in your drink, golden boba might be the thing to look for.

What Does Golden Boba Taste Like?

Golden boba offers a special taste that's a bit different from the usual boba.

It's sweet with a touch of caramel, thanks to the caramelized sugar it's made with. This adds a rich flavor to the pearls, making them a tasty addition to any drink.

They're sweet, but not too much, and they bring a nice, chewy texture that goes well with milk tea or any other beverage.

Enjoying golden boba is about getting a bit of sweetness and a fun chew with every sip.

How to Make Golden Boba at Home

Step 1: Preparing Ingredients

  • Sugar (white or brown): 250 grams
  • Tapioca Starch: 200 grams
  • Water: 1.5 liters (for boiling boba)
  • Honey: 1 tablespoon (for soaking boba)

Step 2: Prepare the Caramel Syrup

Starting with the first step in making your own golden boba pearls at home is all about creating the perfect caramel syrup.

This caramel base is what will give your boba that signature golden hue and a hint of caramel flavor, making every bite (or sip) absolutely delightful.

To do this:

  • Mix 200 grams of sugar with 50ml of water in a pot.
  • Then, turn the heat to low. The goal here is to watch the sugar dissolve and transform into a beautiful amber color.
  • Remember, stirring is a no-no during this process, as we don't want any sugar crystals forming.
  • Patience is key; let the sugar and water meld together slowly until you've got a syrup that looks like liquid gold.

This caramel base is what will give your boba that signature golden hue and a hint of caramel flavor, making every bite (or sip) absolutely delightful.

Step 3: Make the Boba Dough

After making your caramel syrup, it's time to make the boba dough.

  • Start by adding 1.5 liters of water to your amber caramel, then bring it to a boil. This mixture will be the secret to your boba's unique flavor.
  • Next, grab a large bowl and pour in 200 grams of tapioca starch. Carefully measure out 150ml of your boiling caramel water and slowly mix it into the tapioca starch.
  • If the dough feels too sticky or too dry, just adjust by adding a little more caramel water or tapioca starch until you get the right consistency.

The goal is a smooth, non-sticky dough that you can easily shape with your hands.

Step 4: Shape the Boba Pearls

  • If you're going for the classic round pearls, start by rolling your dough flat. Then, cut it into tiny pieces, each of which is a potential pearl.

Here's a little trick to keep everything smooth: 

Sprinkle some dry tapioca starch over the dough pieces. This keeps the stickiness at bay and makes it easier to work with.

  • Now, take each piece and gently roll it between your hands to form perfect little balls.
  • For those who fancy a bit of variety with strand pearls, you’ll want to keep the dough a tad thinner. Then, stretching out a canvas of dough.
  • Cut this canvas into slender strands resembling tiny ropes. A light dusting of tapioca starch over these strands will also ensure they don't turn into a sticky web.

This step is not just about following a recipe; it’s about putting a piece of yourself into what you create, turning simple ingredients into something extraordinary for your tea.

Step 5: Cook the Boba

  • First, boil your caramel water again and gently add your boba pearls or strands into the pot.
  • Now, turn down the heat and let them simmer softly.
  • Over the next 20 minutes, they'll start to dance around as they cook, eventually floating to the surface with a beautiful golden glow. This is when you know they're just about perfect.
  • But we're not done just yet. After turning off the heat, sprinkle in 50 grams of sugar and a tablespoon of honey, stirring gently to combine. This ensures each pearl gets a sweet flavor.
  • Cover the pot and let the boba soak in this sweet mixture for 20 to 30 minutes. They'll soak up all the delicious flavors, ensuring that each bite is as tasty as it is chewy.

And there you have it—your very own homemade golden boba, ready to elevate any drink or dessert.

Step 6: Cook the Boba

After cooking your golden boba pearls, the next step is to store them properly so they stay soft and delicious until you're ready to use them.

A simple way to do this is by keeping the boba warm in a thermal container or a rice cooker. This helps maintain their softness and ensures they remain just as tasty the next day.

Whether you plan to add them to milk tea or another favorite drink, this storage tip will keep your boba in perfect condition for when you need it.

What is the difference between crystal boba and golden boba?

Crystal boba is clear and has a chewy texture, made from konjac or agar-agar, offering a more neutral taste.

Golden boba, on the other hand, is made from tapioca pearls and caramelized sugar, giving it a golden color and a sweet, caramel flavor.

Final Thoughts

Wrapping up, learning how to make golden boba at home is way easier than you might think. 

With just a few ingredients and some simple steps, you can make these sweet, chewy treats anytime you crave them.

Not only does making golden boba at home save you a trip to the boba shop, but it also lets you tweak the sweetness to your liking.

So, why not give this golden boba recipe a try? It's a fun, tasty way to upgrade your homemade drinks and impress everyone with your boba skills. 

Millie Pham

Hi there! I'm Millie Pham, a devoted brewer and tea lover at heart. As the founder of Bean Leaf Cup, my mission is to share my tea and coffee expertise with you all. I firmly believe that creating a fantastic cup of tea or coffee should be easy for everyone. No matter if you're already a coffee or tea expert or just beginning your journey, I'm here to help you navigate the world of brewing. Welcome aboard!

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