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Mango and kaffir lime bubble tea

This zingy mango drink laden with tapioca pearls is pure summertime in a glass - just add a dash of your favourite hooch for a party-time kick to close any meal.

You'll need

300 gm boba pearls (see note) 3 mangoes, coarsely diced Juice of 1 lime   Kaffir lime syrup 200 gm caster sugar Juice of 1 lime 8 kaffir lime leaves, finely sliced


  • 01
  • For kaffir lime syrup, stir sugar and 250ml water in a saucepan over high heat until sugar dissolves, then stir occasionally until syrup reaches 121C on a sugar thermometer (8-10 minutes). Remove from heat, add lime juice and half the kaffir lime leaves and stir to combine.
  • 02
  • Boil boba pearls in a large saucepan of water until they float to the surface (4-5 minutes), then reduce heat to very low, cover and cook until tender on the outside with a slightly firm centre (2-3 minutes). Drain and add boba pearls to kaffir lime syrup and refrigerate to cool.
  • 03
  • Blend two-thirds of the mango with remaining kaffir lime leaves, lime juice and 3 cups of ice in a blender until smooth.
  • 04
  • To serve, divide boba pearls and a little syrup among chilled serving glasses, top with mango smoothie and remaining mango pieces, then drizzle with remaining kaffir lime syrup. Serve straightaway and super-cold.

Note Boba pearls, large tapioca pearls, are available at Asian supermarkets.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people

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Feb 2015

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