Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wednesday’s Helping: Tapioca Pearls

A whole bunch of chewies for your drink
This food item is made from tapioca flour. Look for tapioca pearls aka boba (in Southeast Asian cultures) in refreshing treats, such as bubble tea, shaved ice, or even halo halo. Consumers can find packages of pearl tapioca in their favorite Asian foods supermarket or H-Mart. The cooked pearls bring a chewy and soft texture like gelatin to any beverage whether it’s served hot or cold. Expect to “eat” boba with a spoon as or after consuming the liquid in a drink with the little jewels. Meanwhile, the smaller pearl tapioca is popular and preferred for use in pudding recipes. Colors range from white, off-white, light brown and multicolored varieties.

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