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Mango and kaffir lime bubble tea

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for mango and kaffir lime bubble tea.

By Jerrie-Joy Redman-Lloyd
  • Serves 6
  • 5 mins preparation
  • 10 mins cooking
Mango and kaffir lime bubble tea
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.


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


  • 1
    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.
  • 2
    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.
  • 3
    Blend two-thirds of the mango with remaining kaffir lime leaves, lime juice and 3 cups of ice in a blender until smooth.
  • 4
    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.