Bubble tea is appealing to the taste buds of a considerable percentage of India’s urban population in recent times. Startlingly, the beverage does not contain bubbles and also, not made of tea. However, the drink is gaining popularity throughout the world, including UK and India. Nonetheless, since the 1980s, people are relishing bubble tea (both hot and cold versions) in countries such as Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong.
Bubble tea was first introduced in Taiwan and the beverage’s base is a blend of fruit juices, fruit, and milk. Also, the distinctive feature of the drink are the signature ‘Bubbles’ – that are actually tapioca pearls – found at the bottom.
Bubble tea is delectable – whether you like your beverages hot or cold. In transparent cups along with a fat straw, the tea is served, so you can chew the tapioca balls that sprout up when sipping the yummy drink. Owing to the tapioca balls that look like floating bubbles during the blending process, the tea derives the name ‘Bubble Tea’.
The Invention of Bubble Tea
Like many stories that keep floating about the invention of other teas, the story of bubble tea is no different. Rumors suggest that Asia was the first to invent the drink in the 1980s. But, then again, there are indications that Taichung’s teahouse in Taiwan, namely, Chun Shui Tang, was the first to start serving cold Chinese tea – derived from Japanese iced coffee. The tapioca balls and other flavorings were added later on to get – what we know today as – Bubble tea.
The Taste of Bubble Tea
The best thing about bubble tea is that you have a choice among the different flavors of the tea. So, if you get bored with a certain flavor, try another one – there are several to choose from.
Bubble tea has a chewy texture and is something of a mix between chewing gum and jelly. The pearls vary in color – mostly black, while some are white and transparent. Thus, the drink is strikingly similar to passionfruit.
The Appearance of Bubble Tea
To display the tea’s bubbling nature, bubble tea is served in transparent cups. Besides, there are several ways of the tea preparation. The ingredients – such as crushed ice, fruits, teas, and milk – are blended in varied ways for tossing up that fancy-looking milkshake. Only the drink has to be shaken thoroughly after mixing all the different ingredients, and lip-smacking bubble tea is ready for you to savor.