Dying to get your hands on that infamous Boba Pizza that’s breaking the internet? Well, check out this EASY DIY Boba Pizza you can make at home using pre-made crust and canned sauce. Once you learn how to make the Boba, you can have Boba Pizza anytime you wish!
I’m basic. I don’t have to lie.
Unicorn Frappuccino? Strap me in.
Mermaid toast? Let’s dive right in.
Charcoal Croissants? Oui Oui.
So when Boba Pizza made a splash earlier this week, you know I already had to get my hands on it!
Few problems: A) It’s only available in Taiwan B) It’s a limited menu item at Foodie Star, the restaurant where it was invented C) It’s not vegan.
So what’s a modern food blogger to do? MAKE ONE MY OWN DAMN SELF.
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And unlike the aforementioned trendy Insta-food things, this Boba Pizza seemed like a no-brainer! I love Boba. I love Pizza. Therefore, I knew I was bound to love Boba Pizza.
Yes, I am team ‘Pineapple on Pizza.’ There’s something magical about sweet pineapple in harmony with tangy tomato sauce, spicy jalepeños, and bold onions that just works. In theory Boba Pizza has the same sweet and savory properties as pineapple pizza, but you also get the added benefit of the sticky chewy pearls of boba that makes this Boba Pizza the stuff of dreams. #carbsoncarbs #carbgoals #noshame
It’s 2018 y’all. We’re putting all kinds of shit on pizzas, and I’m loving it!
But have no fear. Those little black pearls of sweet cassava are not so intimidating once you learn a few simple rules.
Things To Keep in Mind:
- Always use ‘traditional boba’ (slow cooking boba) as opposed to ‘quick boba’ (aka. ‘5 minute boba’) for better texture and flavor
- Only add the boba to boiling water; adding it to cold or warm water will just cause them to dissolve
- They are fragile! Handle with care and store in an airtight container when not in use
- They take time – don’t rush it; aside from cooking and soaking, you’ll also need to allow them to marinate in the sugar syrup, so plan accordingly
To prepare the boba for your Boba Pizza, you’ll follow this basic recipe:
For the Sugar Marinade:
- For every 1 cup of Boba, you will need 2 tablespoons of vegan brown sugar (is your sugar vegan? find out here); it’s important that you use brown sugar, for the iconic taste
- For every 1 cup of Boba, you will need 2 tablespoons of ‘sticky sweetener’; the traditional method calls for honey, but some vegans don’t eat honey so I used brown rice syrup instead (date syrup would work perfectly here as well, but you can also use maple syrup, corn syrup, or agave)
- Mix the sugar and sticky sweetener together in an airtight container (the boba will live in here ultimately); add 1-2 teaspoons of warm water to get it dissolved, if needed
To Cook the Boba (traditional boba, only):
- For every 1 cup of Boba, you will need 8 cups of water; boil the water on high heat until it’s boiling rapidly
- Measure out your boba pearls, and gently separate any clumped pearls by hand (or else they will congeal into a giant blob)
- Pour your boba pearls into the rapidly boiling water and stir immediately to prevent clumping
- Turn the heat to medium-high and let the boba simmer gently for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally (I stirred mine every 5 minutes)
- Once the time is up, turn off the heat and place a lid on the pot and let the boba soak for 30-60 minutes; the boba may appear brown for now, but will turn black as they continue to cook in the hot water
- Strain and rinse your boba in cold water
- Place the cooled boba in the sugar marinade (above), cover with an airtight lid, and let the boba soak for 1-6 hours (the longer the better)
- Microwave for 30 seconds, until tender, before serving — but if you’re putting it right onto the pizza (which goes in the oven), you can skip this step
Yes, it all seems rather complicated. But once you get the steps down, you’ll have boba pearls ready for your ice cream sundaes, cocktails, pancakes, cakes, bubble tea (obviously!) and most importantly, your Boba Pizzas!
Here’s a helpful video I made to help you get the art of boba down just right!
And that’s it! You can use this boba to make ‘Plain Boba Pizza’ like originally available at Foodie Star, or you can get creative and add your favorite toppings to make a ‘Boba Supreme’ as pictured below.
The world is your Boba Cup!
Reach out and grab life by the pearls 🙌🏽
Give this recipe a try, and let me know how it turned out in the comments below.
Also, tag your pictures with #bobapizza and tag us @thegplate on Instagram, so we can see all of your beautiful Boba Pizza dreams come true 🤩