How to Make a Tapioca Pearls and Agar Cooler

Updated on December 6, 2019
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How to make tapioca pearls and agar cooler
How to make tapioca pearls and agar cooler | Source

Most Asian countries have their own variation of this drink. The first time I had this drink was when I visited beautiful Penang Island, Malaysia. Tapioca pearls, or tapioca balls, are made from starch that is extracted from cassava root. Agar, also called agar-agar, is a vegetarian gelatin. The combination of these two in a refreshing cooler is absolutely perfect. That's why I came up with my own version. While best enjoyed during the summer season, it can certainly be made any time of year!

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Tapioca pearls or agarBrown sugarAgar (also called agar-agar)Vanilla extract
Tapioca pearls or agar
Tapioca pearls or agar | Source
Brown sugar
Brown sugar | Source
Agar (also called agar-agar)
Agar (also called agar-agar) | Source
Vanilla extract
Vanilla extract | Source


  • 8 cups water
  • 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 250 grams tapioca pearls, cook according to package instruction
  • 25 grams agar, cook according to package instructions
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
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For measuring the ingredientsFor cooking the cooler mixture
For measuring the ingredients
For measuring the ingredients | Source
For cooking the cooler mixture
For cooking the cooler mixture | Source


  • Pot
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Cooking spoon

Cook Time and Yield

Prep time: 1 min
Cook time: 4 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: 4


  1. Cook tapioca pearls and agar according to package instructions. Set aside.
  2. Add water, sugar and vanilla extract in a pot. Bring to boil. Turn off the heat.
  3. Let the mixture cool down and bit before transferring it in a pitcher.
  4. Cut agar into small cubes.
  5. Keep all the ingredients inside the refrigerator.
  6. To serve, pour the flavored mixture into a glass then add tapioca pearls and agar. Serve cold.

Tips and Techniques

  • Add sugar to improve its sweetness.
  • Adjust vanilla extract if necessary. The strong flavor of vanilla extract varies depending on the product manufacturer.
  • Best served as a snack.

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    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      22 months ago from Manila

      Hello Miebakagh,

      Same to you! Cheers!

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      22 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, dred cuan, you are welcomed. Have a nice time.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      22 months ago from Manila

      Hi Miebakagh,

      I can't think of any replacement for tapioca pearls, but you can replace agar with any gelatin powder you have in your local market. Hope you can find all the ingredients so you can try this delicious drink! Thanks for dropping by!

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      22 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Dred Cuan, I can't get both the cassava pearl and agar peals in my state. But I will be checking out in some important Malls that import Asian confectionaries. It can be a wonderful drink. I know because processed and smashed cassavas are at times dried into a ball. When soaked in water for five minutes and a little sugar added, it gives a refreshing drink. I think the agar pearls or fruit extracts makes it a uniquely refreshing and relaxing drink. Thank you, and enjoy the day.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      22 months ago from Manila

      Hi Pamela!

      Absolutely true, it's a very simple recipe that you can make at home. If you love pearlsor booba for dry, you will surely enjoy this.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      22 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I have never tried something quite like this, but it sure sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      22 months ago from Manila

      Hi Liz,

      It's just like an ordinary jelly. The only difference is it comes from seaweeds.

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      Liz Westwood 

      22 months ago from UK

      I have not come across agar agar before. This looks very interesting.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      22 months ago from Manila

      Hi Kristina,

      Yes, this rexipe has its balance sweetness that everybody can enjoy. Thanks for dropping by!

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      Kristina Hearn 

      22 months ago from Iowa

      This looks tasty, and something new and interesting for me to try! Thanks for sharing your recipe!


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