While tapioca pearls are the traditional topping, egg pudding is a delicious alternative for your bubble tea. You can make this dessert at home with minimal ingredients. Turn your homemade milk tea into a decadent treat with the recipe below.
This egg pudding recipe makes the perfect topping for your bubble tea. Choose whichever bubble tea flavor you enjoy with this sweet egg pudding. You can enjoy it in addition to tapioca pearls or as a singular topping.Print
What Does Egg Pudding Boba Taste Like?
Egg pudding itself is sweet. It is one of the sweetest boba tea toppings with the most added sugar. The exact taste of egg pudding boba tea depends on what kind of milk tea you use as a base.
Egg pudding has a solid, flan-like texture rather than a typical soft pudding. It adds a silky smooth texture to boba tea.
Which Milk Tea Goes Best With Egg Pudding?
Egg pudding goes well with any flavor of milk tea. It pairs exceptionally well with milk teas with a green, black, or oolong tea base. As the egg pudding melts, it sinks into the milk tea and creates a silky-velvety texture. It contrasts nicely with the chewy tapioca pearls. Experiment with the flavor of milk tea you enjoy most—you might discover a delicious new combination.
A few of our favorite combinations include caramel milk tea, brown sugar milk tea, or coconut milk tea. Egg pudding doesn’t complement fruity teas or herbal teas quite as well.
Can You Make Egg Pudding With a Powder Mix?
You can make egg pudding with a powder mix. Most bubble tea shops make their egg pudding from a powder. Many recipes just call for egg pudding powder, sugar, and water. It’s quick and easy and doesn’t require fresh milk or eggs. You can use it to top your boba tea or eat it with fresh fruit and ice cream.
Egg Pudding vs. Egg Custard
There is a bit of confusion concerning the differences between these desserts, especially when you consider that ‘egg pudding custard’ blurs the lines between the two desserts. However, in general:
|Egg Pudding||Egg Custard|
|Sometimes includes eggs or egg yolks||Always includes eggs|
|Requires gelatin, flour, or cornstarch as a thickener||Doesn’t always have added thickeners|
|Can be made on the stovetop||Usually baked in a steam bath|
Can You Drink Egg Pudding Boba Through a Boba Straw?
Yes, boba straws are wide enough to accommodate egg pudding. Boba tea has large add-ins like boba pearls, red beans, popping boba, or jellies. Boba tea is always served with a thick boba straw, allowing you to enjoy the add-ins as you drink the tea.
Where Did Egg Pudding Originate?
It’s not exactly clear. Some believe it originated in Great Britain, others in China, and others in Spain.
Crème caramel likely inspired egg pudding. Crème caramel, a custard pudding topped with caramel, was invented by the Europeans. In the late 1500s, British soldiers mixed leftover breadcrumbs with lard, eggs, and flour and created custard egg pudding. The French then made variations on that recipe and added caramel.
Meanwhile, in China, legend has it that a grandmother wanted to use up extra milk. She added eggs and developed a Chinese custard pudding.
Around the same time, the Spanish discovered sugar and used sugar, milk, and eggs to create flan.
As world trading became more common, the European versions of custard pudding were brought to Asia, and the Asian versions were brought to Europe. All these versions of custard pudding likely gave rise to the egg pudding now used in Taiwanese boba.