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How to Make a Tapioca Pearls and Agar Cooler

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How to make tapioca pearls and agar cooler

How to make tapioca pearls and agar cooler

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!


  • 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


  • Pot
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Cooking spoon

Cook Time and Yield

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

1 min

4 min

5 min



  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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