Ube Milk Tea

Do I need to say more? I guess this is the most Pinoy milk tea ever the Ube Milk Tea. Prepared with ube jam/halaya infused black tea served with tapioca balls, it is similar to how most milk teas are prepared. You can make this with store bought ube jam or by making your own simple one, with the latter at least you know what goes into your food and control it as much as you like. This was my go-to recipe during the lockdown, since bubble tea shops are closed this is the next best thing to do to satisfy those once in a while cravings.

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Ube Milk Tea 1

Ube Milk Tea

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 5 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Ube Milk Tea is a Filipino version of the Taiwanese bubble tea drink prepared with ube jam/halaya infused black tea served with tapioca balls



Black Tea

Tapioca Pearls

Sugar Syrup

  • 4 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups hot water

Ube Paste

  • 250 g ube, peeled
  • 2 cups + 2 tbsp water
  • 1 cup sugar

Assembly (single serve)

  • 1 1/2 cup black tea, chilled
  • 2 tbsp ube paste or ready-made ube jam
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp cream
  • ½ cup tapioca pearls, cooked
  • ½ cup ice
  • sugar syrup, to taste


  1. Place 2 cups water and ube in pot, bring to a boil then simmer for 30-40 minutes or until the ube is soft, drain. Place ube, sugar and 2 tbsp water in a food processor then process until it becomes a smooth paste. Set it aside.
  2. In a pot combine all black tea ingredients together, bring it to a boil, once it starts to boil turn heat off then let it cool to room temperature. Place in a container, keep in the refrigerator until needed.
  3. In a pot boil 6 cups of water, add tapioca pearls and cook until soft. It will take around 25 minutes. Drain tapioca pearls, rinse with running cold water then set it aside.
  4. Make your syrup, combine hot water and white sugar, mix well until sugar is totally dissolved.
  5. Soak tapioca pearls in this mixture for 30 minutes. Drain reserving the syrup.
  6. Using a hand blender, per serving pour black tea in a large glass together with the ube paste then blend until mixed. Place the tapioca pearls, then pour the milk, cream and sugar syrup then top it with ice. Serve.


3 Responses

  1. I need one for my afternoon pick-me-up! Love ube 🙂

  2. Mmmm, SO refreshing looking. And SO good. Thanks!

  3. Juliana says:

    I love this kind of drink, I can sip on these all day long…so refreshing!
    Have a great weekend Raymund!

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