How to make grass jelly roasted milk tea at home
Black grass jelly is a delightful addition to milk tea as a topping.
It brings a satisfying jelly-like texture, chewiness, and color contrast to your drink while being low in calories. It’s considered a healthy option too!
The mild taste of grass jelly pairs well with almost any milk tea.
And while you can use it as a substitute for tapioca pearls in any drink or dessert, it’s especially heavenly when combined with roasted milk.
In this post, I’ll show you how to make grass jelly roasted milk tea at home.
It’s delicious and incredibly easy!
What is grass jelly roasted milk tea?
Grass jelly roasted milk tea is a type of milk tea that can be found in bubble tea shops like the chain Chatime.
It contains grass jelly cubes and roasted milk tea, which is a type of milk tea that has roasted flavor, normally achieved by using roasted tea leaves (hojicha).
Grass jelly is a traditional Asian dessert made from the leaves and stalks of the Mesona chinensis plant.
The jelly is cut into small cubes or strips and added to the milk tea, giving it a refreshing touch and unique, chewy texture.
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Disclaimer: Since I haven’t had the opportunity to try grass jelly roasted milk tea from Chatime as it is not available in my country, I have recreated the recipe based on my own taste preferences. But I can assure you that this recipe is absolutely delicious!
What does grass jelly roasted milk tea taste like?
Grass jelly’s taste, texture, and aroma can vary depending on the brand you choose.
Generally, it has a jelly-like texture, resembling a combination of gelatine and agar-agar.
The flavor is not overpowering, with herbal notes and a subtle hint of piquancy, but without bitterness.
In my experience (I have tried two different brands), the taste and texture were quite similar in both, but the smell differed significantly.
The canned grass jelly from a Chinese brand had an unpleasant fish odor that was too strong for my liking, making it difficult to consume.
On the other hand, the powdered grass jelly I purchased from Vietnam had an aroma that mirrored its taste—mild and herbal, without being overwhelming.
The other element of this beverage, roasted milk tea (or hojicha milk tea), has a gentle roasted flavor that brings comfort and a natural touch of sweetness.
When combined with grass jelly, it creates a delicious taste experience.
The roasted milk tea’s pleasant aroma perfectly complements the herbal taste of the grass jelly, while the jelly’s chewy texture adds a delightful contrast to the smoothness of the milk tea.
And the sweetness of the hojicha milk enhances the overall flavor, making it a delightful and enjoyable drink.
What you’ll need
Ingredient tips and swaps
Feel free to use canned grass jelly or grass jelly that you made from powder.
Grass jelly itself isn’t sweet unless you add sugar, so it’s typically served with syrup.
However, if you prefer less sweet beverages, you can skip sweetening this drink. The natural sweetness of milk and the mild flavor of hojicha make it enjoyable without additional sweeteners.
I often use a teaspoon of my homemade sugar-free simple syrup or maple syrup per serving.
Feel free to use your preferred type of milk for this milk tea recipe.
Hojicha is a special kind of green tea that is roasted before you brew it.
You can find it in different forms like:
- loose tea leaves
- tea bags
- as a powder similar to matcha but with a brown color
Also, if you have some old green tea lying around, you can easily roast it at home to make your own hojicha.
It’s a great way to give new life to stale tea leaves!
Time needed: 5 minutes
How to make grass jelly roasted milk tea
- Prepare the grass jelly
If using canned jelly, remove it from the can.
If using powdered jelly, prepare it according to the package instructions and allow it to harden.
Then cut the grass jelly into small pieces that can be easily consumed through a wide straw.
- Prepare roasted tea
If using loose tea or teabags, steep them in hot water for approximately 1-3 minutes.
If using powder, add hot water and mix well.
For each serving, you will need approximately 1 teaspoon of loose tea, 1 teabag, or 1/2 teaspoon of hojicha powder for 50 ml of water. This will create a concentrated hojicha tea.
Put the grass jelly pieces in a glass and add some syrup to taste.
Next pour in the milk and the concentrated hojicha.
Hojicha contains a small amount of caffeine, but the roasting process removes a significant portion of it, making hojicha relatively low in caffeine.
A serving of this recipe contains approximately 8mg of caffeine.
Grass Jelly Roasted Milk Tea Recipe
- Cut the grass jelly into small pieces so you can enjoy them with a wide straw.
- Prepare concentrated hojicha by mixing the powder with warm water.(If you use loose leaf hojicha or teabags, steep it in around 3 Tbsp. water)
- Place the grass jelly pieces in a glass.Add syrup to taste.Pour in the milk and top with the concentrated hojicha.