If you love to make boba pearls or eat boba pearls, mango pearls should be one of the top lists to try. They are one of the most popular variations of boba pearls that are infused with mango flavoring. Other options are strawberry boba, matha boba, coffee boba, and ube boba.
What are boba pearls?
Before we start today’s discussion about mango boba pearls. Let’s share some basics about boba pearls first. Boba pearls, also known as tapioca pearls, are round. small, chewy balls that are originally added to bubble tea, but also as topping for tarts and desserts now. Boba pearls are made from tapioca starch of cassava root. The tapioca starch does not have colors itself and thus giving a chance to color those boba pearls by using either mango juice, mango puree, or even color powder.
Why we love mango pearls
There are so many reasons to love these yellow mango boba pearls. For me, I love the faint fruit aroma as well as the most lovely color mostly. If you use ice cubes in your drinks and milk teas, mango boba pearls can be a fancy topping option with other types of infused boba pearls. If you love to make colored boba pearls at home, check out strawberry boba pearls.
Mango juice vs mango puree and flavoring
To make the mango boba, I will recommend mango puree as the top choice because it contains a higher concentration of mango flavor and pulp than mango juice. This means that the boba pearls will have a stronger mango flavor, as well as a better texture. And most importantly, mango puree is super easy to prepare. You can make your own mango puree by blending both fresh and frozen mangoes.
- Frozen mango is an even better option because it will taste sweet. Natural sugars are more concentrated because the water content is reduced by the freezing process. This happens to other types of fruit too. So if you get frozen mango in your fridge. Get them.
- Mango juice can be used for mango boba pearls, but it may not produce the same texture and consistency as using puree. Juice is perfect for the color but mango puree has a stronger fruit aroma.
- Mango flavoring either liquids, powders, and emulsions might be used to enhance the flavor in the food industry. Sometimes in ice cream, yogurt, smoothies, cocktails, and even tea. But it is recommended for homemade mango boba pearls.
If you purchase mango boba pearls from the store, the mango flavors version might be the biggest possibility.
Using a kitchen scale to weigh the ingredients is the key to successful mango boba pearls.
- 100 mango cubes choose ripe ones for the best result
- 1 tbsp. water
- tapioca starch: tapioca starch is the essential ingredient for all boba pearls including mango pearls. It is a very strong starch that contributes to the chewier texture for the boba.
- 1 tbsp. white sugar, sweet enough already. If you want a sugar-free version, skip the sugar.
We will bend the mango with water and sugar if using. Then heat the mixture until boiling, then pour in half of the starch flour. Mix for 5 seconds and then place the other half. Wait for a while until the dough is cooled, and knead until almost smooth. Then we pinch the small portion out and shape it into a round shape.
Blend the mango cubes with water until very smooth, and sweeten up with sugar.
Heat the mango base, and add half of the starch into the boiling hot mixture. Stir for 5 seconds. Turn off the fire and mix in the other half. If you are using a pan with a large opening pan, you can add the starch one time.
Knead into a smooth dough, and add a little bit more starch if you feel it is sticky. It will be less sticky after being cooled.
Now you can choose to cut the strips into small squares or use your hand to pinch a small portion out. Shape it a round shape, then we have lovely yellow color mango pearls. You can keep the square shape if you really don’t want to spend time shaping the pearls. Only shape influences, no taste difference.
Dust the mango pearls after shaping them to avoid being sticky. Then shift the extra starch off. If you make a larger batch, transfer the mango pearls to an air-tight container. They can be kept in fridge up for 1 week.
How to cook mango pearls on the stove
Homemade boba pearls need a longer time of cooking than some store-bought types because they are usually larger. We still recommend a half-and-half method. But compared with regular tapioca pearls, mango pearls are much easier to cook since it contains mango fiber.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil and then add the boba pearls. Heat over the high-middle fire and cook the mango pearls for around 15 minutes until the boba peel floats on the surface. Turn off the heat, cover the lid, and let it stay for another 15 minutes.
- For larger mango pearls, cook 20 minutes and set aside for another 20 minutes.
- To achieve a chewier taste, you can rinse the mango pearls under cold water or soak them in iced water.
- However, if you prefer a soft texture, simply strain and transfer out.
- For all colored boba pearls like mango pearls, we recommend using simple syrup or honey to avoid them sticky together instead of brown sugar. Set aside for use.
- 1 cup tapioca starch , around 130g
- more for dusting
- 3.5 oz. (100g) fresh mango cubes
- 1 tbsp. water
- 1 tbsp. sugar ,optional
- Blend the mango cubes with water until very smooth, and sweeten up with sugar.
Make the dough
- Heat the mango base, and add half of the starch into the boiling hot mixture. Stir for 5 seconds. Turn off the fire and mix in the other half. If you are using a pan witha large pan, you can add the starch one time.
- Knead into a smooth dough, add more starch if you feel it is sticky.
Shape the boba pearls
- Now you can choose to cut the strips into small squares or use your hand to pinch a small portion out. Shape it a round shape. You can keep the square shape if you really don’t want to spend time shaping the pearls. Only shape influences, no taste difference.
- Dust the mango boba pearls after shaping to avoid sticky.
How to cook
- You can freeze the boba pearls after dusting or cook them right now.
- On stove: bring a large pot of water to a boil and then add the boba pearls. Heat over the high-middle fire and cook for around 10 minutes until the boba peel floats on the surface. Turn off the heat, cover the lid, and let it stay for another 10 minutes. For larger boba pearls, cook 20 minutes and set aside for another 20 minutes.
- Insant pot method: Add boba peals and water to the pot. Secure the lid and close the vent. Set the Instant Pot to manual, high pressure for 5 minutes.
Rinse the mix in syrup or honey
- Rinse the boba pearls under cold water or soak them. This helps to remove any excess starch from the pearls. Then mix in syrup or honey.
Storing And Reusing Cooked mango Pearls
Cooked boba pearls can be stored at room temperature for up to 4 hours.
Cooked mango boba pearls need to be soaked in syrup to avoid sticky together. The best syrup option might be simple syrup because it has no color influence.
Usage of mango pearls
Wow, assembling is the most exciting time because there are so many possibilities. Let’s find out the brilliant ways of using those mango pearls
- Bubble milk tea: Mango boba pearls are a popular ingredient in bubble tea. You can match it with a mango-based milk tea to create the most uniform texture and color. Or you can match it with milk tea with other colors like ube milk tea with a purple color to form some lovely contrast.
- As toppings for desserts: add some mango boba pearls on fruit tarts, fruit salads, smoothies, or even ice creams. It brings a lovely yellow color.
- Arrange the mango boba and fresh mango cubes with coconut milk.
Now you get the strong mango aroma and bright yellow boba pearls, topping it in your dessert or making a lovely milk tea. Check more ideas about how we use it. Let us know by tag @ohsweetcups. We love to see your creations.