I’ve always wondered about this drink. I’ve seen it on television in the travel segments of food and culture programs. Bubble tea is to Taiwan what soda and coffee is to the U.S. Bubble tea is also known as boba drink, pearl tea drink, boba ice tea, boba, boba nai cha, zhen zhou nai cha, pearl milk tea, pearl ice tea, black pearl tea, tapioca ball drink, BBT, PT, pearl shake, QQ (which means chewy in Chinese) and possibly many others. Bubble tea can come in many different colors and flavor combinations so the sky is the limit.
My friends, Casey and Ashley, and I are were at the local mall one night and come to find out there was a place to get bubble tea and I decided to give it a try. Bubble milk tea, bubble black tea, and bubble green tea are the basic flavors so I settled on the basic bubble milk tea.
Most versions are made with a tea base, fruit or fruit syrup, and milk but some shops use non-dairy creamer. The mixture is shaken until foaming at the top appears and the “bubbles” are created! Then a couple of tablespoons of black tapioca balls are added. That is probably my favorite part. The tea tasted great and I felt like a kid chewing the tapioca balls! This drink reminds me a little of fruit flavored milk so if you’ve ever tried that Koolaid/Milk combo that was once out or you drink your cereal milk after eating fruity pebbles, it tastes similar to that. I loved it! Try it!