If you like milk tea (or bubble tea), you have to try this homemade grass jelly milk tea. The combination of the chewy grass jelly and the sweet milk tea in this drink is simply perfect. With ice cubes added to it, this recipe makes a perfectly cooling drink on a hot day.
What is Grass Jelly
Grass jelly is a well known plant based jelly in East Asian and Southeast Asian countries. It is typically black in color and has the same texture as jelly or agar agar.
In its original form, this jelly is quite tasteless and has a slightly bitter taste. It is often sold slightly sweetened, but in most instances, the grass jelly is almost never eaten on its own like other jellies. Instead is it cut into cubes or strips and added into sweet desserts and drinks. It's chewy texture makes it a perfect addition to milk tea or bubble teas and is a great substitute for boba pearls.
Grass jelly is often sold ready made in tubes, cans and even containers. You can find this in Asian stores. Once unpacked, the jelly should be kept chilled and can last in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.
The grass jelly milk tea recipe on this page requires only 5 ingredients - water, black tea, milk, sugar and grass jelly. Making it is super easy too. All you need to do is make the milk tea with the black tea, milk and sugar and the add thinly sliced grass jelly into the tea. Top the drink with some ice cubes and you have a glass of perfectly cooling milk tea with grass jelly.
How to Make Grass Jelly Milk Tea
- Tea bags (black tea)
- Grass jelly
Making the milk tea
- Fill a small pot with water and bring it to a boil.
- Turn off the heat and dip the tea bags into the hot water. Let the tea steep in the hot water for 3 minutes.
- Cover the pot with a lid while waiting for the tea to steep.
- Remove the teabags (squeeze out all the liquid tea from the bags) and discard them.
- Add sugar to the tea and stir to dissolve. Since the tea is hot, this should not take more than 1 minutes.
- Once the sugar is all dissolved, add in the milk. Stir well. Place the tea in the refrigerator to cool further.
Preparing the grass jelly
- Remove the grass jelly from its packaging. Slice it into thin discs.
- Slice each disc into thin strips.
Assembling the grass jelly milk tea
- Fill the bottom of your glass with the thinly sliced grass jelly strips.
- Top it with some ice cubes.
- Pour in the chilled milk tea.
Can you make the milk with milk powder?
- Yes, you can. The milk tea is best made with fresh cold milk. It will taste equally good with milk made with milk powder. Learn how to make milk with milk powder in my easy recipe here.
Can you increase the amount of tea?
- I used black tea to make the milk tea in this recipe. And for the quantity in the recipe below, I used 2 tea bags.
- If you like stronger tea for your milk tea, you can add another tea bag when making the tea drink.
- If you prefer a lighter tea, reduce it to one. Do take note that too light a tea will not taste as good. Your tea will end up tasting more like milk rather than tea.
Can you adjust the amount of grass jelly added into the tea?
- Yes, you can. The amount of grass jelly used in making this drink is really a matter of personal preference. If you like lots of jelly in your tea, you can add more and it you like just a little jelly in the tea, you can reduce it accordingly.
- You can also choose to cut the grass jelly in anyway you like. I prefer to cut it into thin strips, but you can always cut them into small cubes (about 0.5cm to 1cm cubes) or randomly slice the grass jelly block into small pieces.
Can you replace white sugar with brown sugar or other sweeteners?
- I used white sugar in making the milk tea for this grass jelly milk tea. You can replace white sugar with brown sugar or any other types of sweeteners. Do note that these sweeteners might require different amount to be added to achieve the desired level of sweetness to your tea.
How long can you keep the grass jelly milk tea?
- Once assembled, this grass jelly drink is best consumed within the same day. Keep the tea chilled as the milk in the tea will turn bad if left at room temperature, especially if kept for long hours.
- Without assembling, the milk tea can be kept in the fridge for 2 days while the grass jelly can be kept for 3 to 4 days. Both must be kept chilled all the time.
Like this grass jelly drink recipe? Here are my other posts you might want to check out:
- Coconut Jelly with Palm Sugar (Coconut Milk Agar Agar)
- Pandan Jelly with Coconut (Agar Agar Pandan)
- Coffee Jelly - An Easy Homemade Coffee Dessert
- Lychee Jelly - An Easy Fruit Jelly Recipe
- Pineapple Nata Jelly - An Easy Fruit Jelly Recipe
Here is the full printable version of my grass jelly milk tea recipe.
Grass Jelly Milk Tea
- 300 ml water
- 250 ml milk
- 100 g grass jelly
- 2 tea bags
- 2 tablespoon white sugar
Making the milk tea
- Add water into a small pot. Bring it to a boil.
- Add the tea bags. Cover the pot and let the tea steep for 3 minutes.
- Open the lid and remove the tea bags. Squeeze out all the tea into the pot (press the bags on the sides of your pot with the back of a spoon to remove all the tea). Discard the tea bags.
- Add sugar into the tea and stir to dissolve.
- Measure and add the milk into the tea. Stir well and keep the tea chilled in the fridge while preparing the grass jelly.
Preparing the grass jelly and assembling the tea
- Remove the grass jelly from its packaging.
- Slice it into thin pieces and the slice each piece for thin strips of jelly.
- Divide the grass jelly strips into 2 drinking glasses.
- Top it with some ice cubes.
- Pour in the milk tea and serve.
And that's my super easy, 5 ingredients grass jelly milk tea recipe for you.