How to make bubble tea at home with tapioca pearls from Maeli Market

Make your own bubble tea at home with this recipe from Maeli Market in Toronto, where you can find a large selection of milk teas, tapioca pearls and more Taiwanese treats and ingredients.

Milk tea, instant boba and straws at Maeli Market Taiwanese grocery with delivery and takeout in Toronto

Makes 1

Preparation time 5 minutes

Cooking time 5 minutes

Toronto's new Maeli Market is a gorgeous Taiwanese grocery store with over 5,000 imported goods. Stroll through the beautiful, bright and airy space to find a kitchen serving delicious and authentic Taiwanese cuisine for takeout and dine-in, and shelves of traditional snacks, candies, ingredients and spices.

Specialty beauty and detoxifying drinks fill the refrigerator section, and there's a wide selection of teas from everyday sips to fancy gifts. Find instant tapioca pearls, popping boba, different flavours of milk tea and large paper boba straws to easily make your own bubble tea at home — just follow the recipe below. 


  • 1 sachet 3:15pm Sun Moon Lake milk tea
  • ½ cup IQF instant tapioca pearls
  • SISTER paper boba straws


  1. Boil a pot of water.
  2. Add ½ cup of frozen IQF instant tapioca pearls. Stir quickly for 30 seconds, then turn off the heat.
  3. Drain the water, set aside and let cool.
  4. In another pot, steep 1 sachet of 3:15pm Sun Moon Lake milk tea with 8 oz of hot water, for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the boba into a tall cup and carefully pour the milk tea over top.
  6. Enjoy with a large paper boba straw.

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