If the term “boba tea” is quite strange to you, maybe “bubble tea” will ring a bell. Wondering if it can make you upbeat? Yes, it is the best thing that can happen to your tea. This fantastic tea also goes by the label pearl tea, boba drink, milk tea or bubble drink. And it is suitable for any time of the day, any mood you are in, and any season of the year. You can opt for either cold or hot servings. Personally, I love the cold ones.
Indeed, boba tea is an extreme level up matcha bubble tea from the ordinary tea you are acquainted with. It goes with abound variety of tastes and colors. Dare your taste buds with cantaloupe, lychee, green apple, passion fruit and a lot more! You can actually have any fruit flavor you want. Some countries even offer them with rare and exotic flavors.
But the best part in a boba tea isn’t the colors or the tastes, it is the “boba” or sometimes referred to as the “pearls”. These are big spherical-shaped cooked tapioca that are comparable to the size of small marbles. It’s a funny experience to sip in through a gigantic straw to catch a single ball of tapioca. The tapioca pearls are more like of a softened Gummi Bear. It has a little taste to them comparable to sticky rice yet a bit denser.
If you enjoy exploring things in the kitchen, you can prepare your own boba tea at home. Ingredients and flavorings can easily be ordered online. But I must warn you, working with tapioca pearls is not that easy. If you cook them too long, they melt. But if not long enough, their core are uncooked.
There is a graceful exit if you are not successful with tapioca pearls. You can use nata de coco, lychee jelly, rainbow jelly or any varieties of jellies that can be prepared into small cubes. These jellies are aesthetically appealing as they come in variety of colors. Just as with tapioca pearls, you will enjoy eating in between tea sips. Some tea goers actually go for teas with half tapioca pearls and half jelly cubes.
Bubble tea originated in Asia, particularly in Taiwan. If you visit Asia, there are a lot of variations of boba tea from Hong Kong, Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, China and Malaysia. In a decade or so, this tea craze migrated and is gaining popularity in North America, as well as in Europe, Canada and Australia. You can now experience the goodness of boba tea in any part of the globe. Some say that locally made boba tea ingredients are not as good as the stuff prepared in the country of origin, Taiwan. Well, let your taste buds decide.