Looking to make some bubble tea at home, not sure where to source the tapioca balls from.

Local grocery stores don't seem to have them.

Are these generally "balled" at home, or bought already in ball form?

I'm in the Toronto, Canada area.

  • Is there a reason you can't buy them on the web? Do you have a local "Asian" grocery store?
    – Catija
    Mar 8, 2017 at 17:26
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    I suspect that what you're looking for are sold as 'tapioca pearls'. (I can't say for sure, as I've never had bubble tea)
    – Joe
    Mar 8, 2017 at 17:31
  • @Joe From a brief search, it looks like a lot of them are "boba". They are the black ones.
    – Catija
    Mar 8, 2017 at 23:54

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I would personally go buy them at an Asian grocery or online (Amazon or something similar), but you can make them. It seems fairly straightforward if you have the tapioca powder.

Recipe One

Recipe Two

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    Nice quote from the first link: "It took me less time to make boba tapioca pearls from scratch than it did for me try to cook the store bought boba!
    – Jolenealaska
    Mar 8, 2017 at 20:32
  • @Jolenealaska Thanks for the edit-- not sure why I put arrowroot originally.
    – CMB92
    Mar 8, 2017 at 22:03
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    It was @Jefromi who did the edit, But I can say you're welcome for them :)
    – Jolenealaska
    Mar 8, 2017 at 22:06

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