Hojicha Bubble Tea with Brown Sugar Syrup

May 20, 2021

This Hojicha Bubble Tea with Brown Sugar Syrup is a super easy drink to make. A little bit smoky, sweet, and full of roasted tea flavour notes, this hojicha boba tea is so refreshing.

If you’re a fan of green tea, then you’d love this hojicha bubble tea. I’ve combined my love for brown sugar milk tea with hojicha and this delicious hojicha boba tea is the result.

Hojicha boba tea in a cup.

As a bubble tea lover who has probably averaged 2-3 a week when Chatime opened near my workplace and Tiger Sugar came to Toronto, moving away from it reallllly hit me hard. I needed to get my fix of it! This post will show you just how easy it is to make bubble tea at home! You really wouldn’t believe how easy this is, especially if you’re using store-bought tapioca.

What is Hojicha?

Hojicha is a Japanese roasted green tea that is made by slowly roasting twigs and leaves of the tea plant. Hojicha has a toasted nutty taste to it as well as a smoky sweet flavour thanks to the roasting process. This recipe uses hojicha powder.

What You’ll Need to Make Hojicha Bubble Tea

A bag of hojicha powder.
  • tapioca pearls — I use these specific ones for extra sweetness for this hojicha boba. You can use any topioca pearls you like.
  • muscovado sugar — or dark brown sugar. Muscovado sugar is a little less refined than regular brown sugar so it has more pronounced caramel and toffee notes to it.
  • hojicha powder
  • milk — or non dairy alternative.
  • water
Boba pearls.

How to Make Brown Sugar Hojicha Boba

Brown Sugar Boba Pearl Syrup

  • Prepare your tapioca pearls according to the package.
  • In a pot, combine the muscovado sugar with 40 ml of water and bring it to a boil. Turn down the heat to a simmer and add in the prepared tapioca pearls. Simmer until the brown sugar syrup has thickened. Simmering the cooked tapioca pearls in the syrup just adds more flavour to them.
  • Remove from heat once it has thickened.
A pot of brown sugar syrup with tapioca pearls in a pot.

Hojicha Bubble Tea

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the hojicha powder and 200ml of cold water. Set aside.
  • In a cup, add in half of the brown sugar syrup with the pearls.
  • Top with half of the whisked hojicha and half of the milk.
  • Stir to combine and enjoy!

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