It's fun, colourful, tasty and even chewy!
Tired of the latest fad coffees? Something new is
hitting tea houses and coffeeshops across the country. Itís
bubble tea. This bizarre drink also goes by the names boba,
pearl tea, milk tea, or bubble drink. Itís part drink, part
dessert snack, and all fun!
is far from the plain-looking tea you are familiar with. It
comes in a wild variety of flavours and colours. Challenge your
palate with peach, lichee, mango or passionfruit! There is also
the more traditional green or black tea flavours. It can be
served either hot or cold. My personal favorite is chocolate
milk black tea, iced.
But the fun part of bubble tea isnít the
colours or the flavours, itís the Ďbubblesí.
Big, black, balls of chewy tapioca are what
make bubble tea such an interesting experience.
These pearls are about the size of small marbles
and they sink to the bottom of your cup. This tea is usually
served with a gigantic straw just the right size for slurping up
these gummy treats.
If that doesnít sound too appetizing to you,
many places that sell bubble tea do offer the wildly flavoured
milk teas with or without the pearls. But donít be a chicken,
you should try it at least once. Itís not as strange as it may
sound. The pearls sort of remind me of a melted Gummi Bear.
Bubble tea originated overseas in Taiwan and
has only recent migrated to North America within the last 10
years or so. You can now find places serving bubble tea in most
major cities, such as Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver, New York
and Toronto. Many say that the local imports just arenít as good
as the stuff you get in Japan and Taiwan.
If you enjoy being creative in the kitchen,
you can make pearl tea at home, but itís not easy. The starchy
tapioca pearls can be hard to work with. If you boil them too
long, they dissolve. Not long enough, and they are hard in the
Some of the more well-known locations that
offer bubble tea are: Fantasia, TC Tea or the Sweetheart Cafť.
Itís no surprise that these tea houses are all in California.