As a fan of taro, you must be aware of its natural texture. However, as a first-timer, if the tea has taken you by surprise let my blog be an answer to your question “Is Taro milk tea supposed to be grainy?”
I am a passionate tea-blogger and a self-proclaimed tea-lover. At the same time, I run my own tea cafe in Kolkata city, and boba slowly gaining momentum. Taro is quite popular but, still yet to be discovered to its full potential & my blog Is taro milk tea supposed to be grainy will explain all you need to know through 11 awesome points.
Is Taro Milk Tea Supposed To Be Grainy- 11 Jaw-Dropping Factors To Consider
You just love taro tea but, its grainy texture puts you off and makes you wonder if it is supposed to be grainy then let me answer your questions through my 11 practical reasons that will help you to understand its texture better and at the same time unveil some myths.
1. Understanding The Natural Texture of Taro Milk Tea
As a first-time drinker, you may find its natural grainy texture overwhelming because of its colors, texture, and taste. Taro is a root vegetable that, when used in beverages or foods, gives them a purple color.
We all know that natural texture cannot be changed. I can only say that you have to try the tea in order to be wowed!
2. What Happens When Milk Is Added To Taro Tea?
Broadly speaking taro tea is nothing but, milk that has been mixed with taro paste or powder, chewy tapioca pearls, and at times sweeteners or ice are added as an option.
I am afraid that apart from the liquid changing color to purple there will not be any change in the texture.
3. Let us try Sweetening Taro Tea & See if it Alters the Graininess
I have seen newbies asking for a sweetener to help them get rid of the grainy texture and which is a common myth. Adding sugar or any sweetener will not alter the texture but, as a matter of fact, only make the milk too sweet.
The reason, taro tea on the whole is known for its grainy texture and this has contributed to its immense popularity.
4. The Texture A Nay or Yay!! Is Based on Your Palate
Taro on the whole is known for its sweet flavor and grainy texture. Now, being sweet naturally, you can skip sugar and enjoy the tea. Yes, the coarseness will still be there but, taro-lovers will tell you that the taste isn’t hampered at all.
I say take the road less traveled and let taro’s texture take you by surprise.
5. What about Milk tea made from Real Taro?
Taro bubble tea is a flavor of boba that is made by infusing real taro paste or taro powder with milk.
Now, if you are at a boba shop and they give you a taro tea expect the texture profile to be grainy but, let me tell you that the graininess isn’t overpowering and thus, you can enjoy it like any bubble tea flavor.
6. Will adding Taro Powder Lend a Different Flavor to Taro Tea?
Taro is used as a paste and in its powdered form to form an amazing tasting milk tea. Talking about using taro powder and the taste let me tell you a little about what can be expected from taro powder. The taste can be a little difficult to describe as it is like creamy vanilla and at times tastes like sweet potato.
The powder when mixed with milk will give you a sweet, creamy, and rich taste that will grow on you. So, in a way it is safe to say that the grainy texture will somewhat be balanced though, the natural prospect cannot be altered.
7. What is Taro Protein Powder?
Taro powder is the latest kid on the block that is just like any flavored protein available in markets. There are many taro protein options that one can choose from. If you are on a low-carb diet, then taro powder should be your go-to option. I however would suggest using only in the quantity specified by your fitness expert.
Speaking of taro powder let me tell you that some kiosks that use taro protein powder on a daily basis often incorporate purple yam as it blends well with taro and enhances the overall drinking quotient.
8. Make your own Taro powder at home & it will not be Gritty
Let me bust this popular myth that making your own taro powder at home will alter the granular taste.
The coarse texture of taro i.e., its graininess cannot be altered. Let us just say that like the basic nature of human remains the same we have to take taro’s grainy texture in the same way. It is what makes taro what it is & is best left the way it is meant to be. So, making taro powder at home will not have any impact on the coarseness that is a part of taro.
9. Mix Ube with Taro To Get Rid of The Coarse Texture
You might have heard or read that adding Yam or sweet potato to taro milk tea will get rid of the undesirable texture, I really am sorry to burst your bubbles for being a responsible blogger I will never agree to something so outrageous. Ube or yam is known for its sweet flavor and purple color. It cannot help you get rid of the natural texture of taro.
The only way Ube will alter the taste is by making taro milk tea creamier and frothy. It will not help get rid of the grainy texture.
10. What Is DIY Taro Bubble Tea Kit?
DIY or DO IT YOURSELF bubble tea kit is a set of instant ingredients that can be used to make tapioca tea in a rush. These come in various combinations and we shall see what can be expected in a box.
A typical kit contains a strong flavored tea like jasmine or black tea, taro milk powder, a non-dairy tea creamer, and tapioca pearls. It also comes with instructions that are easy to follow and suffices for up to 10 drinks. Let me also tell you that you can choose a pack without the pearls too.
Now, since these kits are dependent largely on taro powder it is safe to say that the coarseness can be on the mild side though it will not have much impact when it comes to taro tea being grainy.
11. What About Using Fructose Syrups Instead Of Traditional Sweeteners?
Fructose syrups are sweeteners derived from fruits and can be used to sweeten bubble tea.
Now, if you are thinking that these can be used to help get rid of the natural texture of taro let me tell you that they will just help you by adding sweetness to the drink.
I hope that by now you must have got a fair idea that no matter what steps you take taro milk tea will be grainy. However, what we can do is think out of the box to see what can be done so that the coarseness doesn’t come in between taro boba and your excitement.
Some Useful & Cool Tips To Help You Increase The Flavor
Sweetening Tapioca Pearls: Tapioca pearls are quite tasteless and need other sweetening elements. Often, it is soaked in sugar syrups but, we will try something different and that being, sweetening the pearls directly. Now, if you are wondering how to get the job done, weel read my blog about 31 super-delectable ways of sweetening tapioca pearls.
Replace Tapioca bubbles with yummy fill-ins: Consider ditching the traditional pearls and substituting them with yummy ingredients. Popping boba and crystal boba are some usual replacements and if you want to experiment with some quirky options, then my blog about 27 yummy tapioca substitutes fill-ins is your answer. Do read it and share your experience in the comments section below.
Using Yam or Ube with Taro balls: Yam or Ube is a sweet and purple color vegetable that when mixed with taro, lends it a sweeter note and makes the color brighter.
Use brown sugar to sweeten the pearls: Brown sugar is unrefined sugar that is incorporated with molasses and is a much better option than white sugar. It is very simple to make and taro milk tea when sweetened with brown sugar leaves little to be desired. What makes it more amazing is the fact that this sugar can be made at home too. I have written a blog about 3 simple and doable ways by which bubble tea can be flavored at home with brown sugar.
This ends my blog and I hope I was able to give you some clarity about the coarse texture of taro milk tea. Do read my other blogs that cover various sides of your favorite drink bubble tea. I am right here in case you need any clarification or maybe ask me something. Just drop your queries in the comments section below and I will gladly answer them for you. Do watch this space for more such blogs.
This ends my blog and I hope I was able to give you some clarity about the coarse texture of taro milk tea. Do read my other blogs that cover various sides of your favorite drink bubble tea. Also, if you feel that you need to ask me any questions, feel free to drop them in the comments section below and I will be happy to answer them. I will be back soon with my next blog and yet another topic.
Hi. I’m Sneha. Each day, I brew, relish, study and sell tea in my Cafe based out of Kolkata, India. My current blog, ‘Sipper Sneha’ is an expansion of my real life love for tea into an online space for all dedicated Tea enthusiasts.