Coconut Bubble Tea Ice-Cream

May 21, 2012

I have drunk more than my weight in tea lately. Now that’s a lot of tea (post wedding weight gain included)!

I normally drink a bit of tea, I’d say around three cups a day on average, but as you may or may not know, I recently went through hip surgery. An arthroscopy and bumpectomy (yup, that’s its real name) to be exact, and spent the last two weeks couped up at home, shuffling around firstly on crutches, and then rocking a pimp cane (refusing to call it a walking stick. At least a cane makes me a bit gangsta), making myself umpteen cups of tea.

So it’s pretty appropriate that it’s this month’s Sweet Adventures Blog Hop theme. Ooh AND it’s also Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on May 24th (More on why that’s fab later). So head on over to our lovely host JJ’s blog, 84th & 3rd for more delicious recipes and more blog hop info.

I thought long and hard about this month’s recipe…..and then it all became clear when I visited my local Asian Supermarket. I love it when that happens. When the ingredients speak to you, calling from the shelves. Ok, maybe the medication got to me a little lol. Whatever, I had a recipe and I don’t care how I got it.

Said ingredient was black tapioca pearls.

Now I don’t know if any of you (probably all of you, at least once) have had bubble tea, but it’s marketed as a drink, you can chew. Tres fun!! 😀 So as a play on my regular EasyWay order, a Coconut milk Tea with Pearls, I created a Coconut bubble tea ice cream.

Armed with whatever I had in the cupboard, I created ice-cream. It’s funny what you can do in a pinch and still end up with a stellar result 😉

So back to Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea (which I shall fondly refer to as ABMT for sanity purposes while typing). Throughout May and June, you can offer to host a Morning Tea with workmates, friends, your pets, to raise money for the unbelievably awesome work that the Cancer Council does to help vital research, prevention programs and support services.

Everyone knows someone who has been affected by Cancer, but it wasn’t until I looked at the ABMT website and saw that 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with Cancer, that it really hits you. That’s massive! Every little bit helps, so check out what you can do, and get involved.

Thanks to the fab peeps at The Cancer Council and ABMT, we have a prize pack to give away, purely for you fab bloggers who link up to this month’s blog hop. The pack includes Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea apron, tea towel, mug and oven mitt, plus Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook, Notes from my Kitchen Table. Gwyneth, along with a number of Australian celebrities and chefs, is an ambassador for the event.

To enter, head over to 84th & 3rd, link up your SABH Tea post, and sit back and wait. It’s pretty easy 😀 we like easy. The winner will be chosen randomly on 29 May, 2012. Good luck hoppers!!

Coconut Bubble Tea Ice-Cream (Makes 2 litres)
Adapted from Stop…have a chat


1 can light and creamy evaporated milk
1 can creamy evaporated milk
1 can coconut evaporated milk
10 black tea bags
5 equal sachets
1 small bag tapioca pearls


In a small saucepan, heat light and creamy evaporated milk until hot but not boiling. Add teabags and equal, tasting to your liking (It will need to be pretty sweet and pretty strong tea as it will get watered down with the rest of the milks later). Pour into a jug and cool in the fridge.

Combine all three milks and whisk on high in a stand mixer until doubled in size. Place in the fridge to chill.

If using an ice cream maker: Pour in to prepared ice cream maker and churn until ice-creamy (I did this in two batches). Place in the freezer overnight.

If making by hand: Pour in to container and freeze for around 2 hours or until just starting to set. Remove and place back in to stand mixer, mixing for around 5 minutes on low. Repeat this process three times, and then place in the freezer overnight.

Prepare tapioca as per packet instructions and cool tapioca before placing the bottom of a glass. Add tea ice-cream on top and serve 😀

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37 Responses to Coconut Bubble Tea Ice-Cream

  1. Daisy @ Nevertoosweet on May 21, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    OMG OMG OMG wow 🙂 you actually made that! So impressive! Sure I love my bubble cup and love all the different types of teas hehe but I’ve never thought of making them at home! I’ve always been a little scared hehe but you make it seem quite ‘doable’ 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Gastronomous Anonymous on May 21, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Hope you have recovered well! Surgeries are never fun!
    This looks absolutely fantastic! I’ve never made my own bubble tea! Now I want some!

  3. joanne on May 21, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    I had no idea about your surgery! I hope you’re doing better! When I was injured I drank a lot of tea also….to keep me from eating everything in our apartment! I love bubble tea and coconut is my favorite flavor. How awesome that you turned it into ice cream!

  4. Phuoc'n Delicious on May 21, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    That’s too awesome! Love the sound and look of it Nic! Mmmm I suddenly have a craving for ice cream now. Love that you guys coincided this month’s dessert challenge with tea.

    Being somewhat on the receiving end of these donations, it’s extremely important for everyone to get involved as much as they can. I do joke every now about everyone needing to donate to me since I do cancer research :p

  5. Christina @ The Hungry Australian on May 22, 2012 at 1:14 am

    So impressed with your imaginative dessert, Nic! I think it’s so cool that you’re a fan of bubble tea because a lot of Westerners find it to be a bit odd. I do hope you are recovering well. Take it easy and get the man to help out!

  6. The Little Chef Katie on May 22, 2012 at 3:01 am

    Thank you so much! I have always wanted to learn how to make this!

  7. Choc Chip Uru on May 22, 2012 at 8:10 am

    This looks super fantastic my friend 😀
    It is creative, exotic and looks delicious!
    Take care of yourself 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  8. Hotly Spiced on May 22, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your hip dramas. I’ve heard it takes a while to recover from those sorts of procedures. I’m very curious about these black tapioca pearls. I haven’t cooked with them before but I have a wonderful Asian supermarket near me so I will go and look for them. Love the look of your ice cream xx

  9. Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy on May 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Love this Nic! I tried buble tea for the first time the other day and loved it – though I think I will like it better in ice-cream form!

  10. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella on May 22, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Nic, this is SO creative! I’ve never seen a bubble tea ice cream before but so many people love bubble tea! 😀

  11. Moya on May 22, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Hope you get better soon. I have tried bubble tea and still not sure if I like it! However with ice cream I know there will be no complaints! Wonderful dessert! 🙂

  12. Sugarplum on May 23, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Oh wow, this is imaginative. Bubble tea is very popular in Asia and I love that you paired it with ice cream. Love the idea.

  13. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on May 23, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Wow that’s a great effort! I thought you had that in a Chinese dessert shop or something…I used to drink so much bubble tea it wasn’t funny…so much so that I got sick of it. But it seems like it’s coming back into fashion again…
    Hope your post surgery recovery goes well 🙂

  14. Lizzy (Good Things) on May 23, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Awesome recipe! Well done. Wishing you a speedy recovery from your hip surgery, ouch!

  15. Christie @ Fig & Cherry on May 23, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Not a fan of the bubble tea – but your ice cream is an excellent adaptation. Will have to try making this, so creative!

  16. Jennifer (Delicieux) on May 23, 2012 at 8:39 am

    What an imaginative and fun dessert Nic! I haven’t had bubble tea in ages, but it’s such a fun drink. I hope you are recovering well from your surgery.

  17. angela@spinachtiger on May 23, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Very creative. I like tea a bit myself. Hope you are recovering quickly from your surgery.

  18. joey@FoodiePop on May 23, 2012 at 10:16 am


  19. Adrian (Food Rehab) on May 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    My gasssh. I was already in love with the title of this post. Anything with pearl in it I go crazy…it could be the Asian in me I’m guessing! What a crazy good ice cream, thanks for sharing.

  20. tania@mykitchenstories on May 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Wow how awful for you having problems with your pins gangsta girl!!. still it hasnt stifled your imagination for all things tea

  21. Vivian - vxdollface on May 23, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    ooh I hope your hips ok now! lol you need a purple bathrobe with that pimpin’ stick 😛

    great recipe, wish the weather was warmer to enjoy this!

  22. vanessalillian on May 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Hope you’re recovering well. I recently had surgery and found the drugs to be positively delightful 🙂

    I haven’t tried bubble tea before, and I’m kind of scared… but you may have convinced me!

  23. Sarah on May 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Oh what a cute idea! I love Bubble Tea with pearls, I bet it would be great as ice-cream!

  24. Claire @ Claire K Creations on May 23, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Wow that is some creation. I never knew you could make ice cream out of evaporated milk. Genius! I hope you’re well and truly recovered. I would have called it a pimp cane too!

  25. Nami | Just One Cookbook on May 23, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I love chewy tapioca pearl balls and you made ice cream with it? Unbelievable! I got to try this one! I was actually asked by a reader if we can make ice cream with evaporated milk. I need to send your link to her! Great recipe Nic!

  26. JJ @ 84thand3rd on May 23, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    There are so many things that are right about this!! Love it Nic! Hope the hip is improving for you and your pimp cake. xx

  27. JJ @ 84thand3rd on May 23, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    oops – pimp CANE not CAKE lol

  28. nancy at good food matters on May 24, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Oh, dear! I had no idea you had surgery—hope that you are recovering in speedy fashion. best wishes to you-

  29. Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef on May 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I’m in awe of this recipe!!

    Sorry about the hip owies.

    If this is how you cook on one leg I can only imagine what you can do without the pimp cane.

    I won the door prize last year at the morning tea I go to. Every time I look at it I’m reminded of the statistics.

  30. Monica (@gastromony) on May 24, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Oh gosh. I don’t know what element won me over first! Creamy, coconut, tapioca… Delish!

    Hope you’re recovering well 🙂

  31. SarahKate@Mi Casa-Su Casa on May 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    That is seriously brilliant! I would never have come up with this on my own… but I’d certainly like to eat it! Nice work!

  32. Karen on May 24, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Wow I am in awe! This looks amazing, and I have most of the ingredients minus the tapioca pearls 🙂 And walking with a cane is very gangsta, glad your surgery went well!!

  33. Erin @ she cooks, she gardens on May 26, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    This sounds amazing, I really love the flavour play in this recipe. I’ve always found the texture of bubble tea a bit hard to contend with but over ice cream it might be more manageable. I will have to harden up and give it a try.

    Sorry to hear about your surgeries, I hope you are on the mend soon.

  34. Michelle on May 27, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Hope you’re getting better! Love the creativity of this and I love tapioca pearls! I was thinking of making a lemon tapioca for the last blog hop but didn’t…. I’m getting more inspired to try it!

  35. catty on May 29, 2012 at 11:54 am

    This looks absolutely DELICIOUS. I’m book marking the recipe. Hope you are feeling better now!

  36. InTolerantChef on May 31, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    What a wonderful recipe indeed! Love it! I love tea, my favourite is Dilmah Earl Gray.
    I hope you recover quickly, I know how you feel!!

  37. Hannah on June 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    This is so insanely ingenious that I feel the need to giggle. I want, I truly do.

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