Contrary to its name, bubble tea contains no bubbles. And it doesn't always include tea either.
The drink the people are so recently obsessed is made by combining a tea, juice, or coffee with chewy tapioca pearls (naturally gluten-free).
Nowadays, bubble tea has become a trend around the world as a delicious desert drink and can be found in food courts to street markets. Even in certain high-end restaurants.
Yet, not much is known about this drink that originated in Taiwan.
Where did it come from?
Boba tea was developed by Liu Han-Chieh and Lin Hsiu Hui in Taichung, Taiwan during the 1980’s. Lin Han-Chieh discovered the idea of milk tea after noticing how the Japanese were adding milk to their coffee. The new milk tea idea boosted the popularity of his teahouse tremendously and Lin Hsiu Hui, the product manager at the time, created the pearls by combining tapioca ball and sweetened pudding with the iced milk tea. Since then, the popularity of boba has spread from Southeast and East Asian countries to mainly the US and Canada.
What does it taste like?
The base ingredients of the original drink simply include sweetened milk tea shaken with the tapioca pearls & ice. The name "bubble tea" originally referred to the bubbles that came from shaking the drink when mixing the ingredients together. Often people use many other ingredients such as grass jelly, fruit chunks, pudding, and more!
As you can imagine, the final result from shaking these types ingredients together creates a delicious desert drink that would satisfy the sweet tooth of anybody.