Boba Tea Recipe from the Mighty Boba Truck

Mighty Boba Truck - Boba Outside
It’s pretty unlikely that our dream of a “Cocktail Truck” rounding the corner, mixing up a few vodka martinis and serving them up curbside would ever come true.

But that doesn’t mean we still can’t drink something from one of the many food trucks that roll the streets of LA.

Though it hasn’t officially hit the streets yet, The Mighty Boba Truck will be previewing its fare, including its signature drink, Boba Tea, at the LA Street Food Fest’s Summer Tasting.

(For detailed info about the event scroll down to the bottom of this post, or take a look-see on the LA Street Food Fest website.)

Since there are some of us who won’t be able to attend the event this weekend and some of us who live in cities that haven’t seen a sealed plastic cup full of sweet, opaque tea and tapioca balls, The Mighty Boba Truck shares its recipe for a basic Boba Tea.

Mighty Boba Truck’s Boba Tea Recipe


tapioca pearls (“boba”), available at any Asian supermarket
brown sugar or simple syrup to taste (Epicurious has several “recipes” for simple syrup)
creamer to taste
brewed black tea


For the boba:
Cook tapioca pearls according to package (it requires only boiling water). Once the boba is fully cooked, rinse in cold water to keep the boba from continuing to cook.

Drain and add brown sugar syrup or simple syrup. Let the boba soak for at least 10 minutes.

For every 8 oz brewed black tea, add about 2 oz. creamer, brown sugar syrup to taste, and cooked, soaked boba.

Mighty Boba Truck - Boba Tea

About LA Street Food Fest’s Summer Tasting Event

Who: You (if you live in LA)
What: LA Street Food Fest’s Summer Tasting
When: Saturday July 24, 2010 | VIP Preview 4 pm | General Admission 5:30 pm
Where: The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
Why: because you’re a food freak and the event benefits St. Vincent Meals on Wheels and Woolly School Gardens
How Much: General Admission $45 | VIP $65
** You must buy tickets in advance. There will be NO tickets sold at the door.**

[photos by Cathy Danh of gas•tron•o•my, for TasteSpotting]

by Sarah J. Gim on July 19, 2010 · 8 comments

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Lisa July 28, 2010 at 11:53 am

I love boba tea! Wish we had trucks that sold goodies such as this. Only on the west coast are these cool trucks with asian yummies! Thanks for sharing (=


Melissa July 29, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Thanks for the comment Lisa, the MBT will be out in Sept, come visit us! :D


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Tracy lentz July 5, 2016 at 7:38 pm

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