Boba tea, this tea sounds as weird as its connotation. Well taste is a relative term for me…so I would prefer not commenting on it. Boba tea or tapioca pearl drink is derived from Western China after a group of people thought tapioca had the same texture as female breasts. The concept of having a tapioca bubble in the tea seems a little strange to me. I would rather prefer calling it a chewable tea.
Over the last year or so, Bubble Tea has moved from the Asian suburbs to the U.S. west coast cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and in the Canadian cities of Vancouver and Toronto. The boba tea is somewhere around $3.This bubble tea has undoubtedly set a trend of its own with the addition of tapioca pearls, as all other ingredients remain more or less same in any tea.
The tapioca pearls can be the traditional tapioca pearls or a ball made out of caramel, starch, and chamomile root extract. This Taiwanese beverage consists of tapioca pearls, which gives texture to the beverage and it is shaken together with water or tea as the liquid component, flavored components that should be a milk powder, which can be a sweet or sour, and a honey or rose syrup as a sweetener.
However, I would love to take this unusual beverage as a smoothie with lots of ice, fruit flavors and of course Jasmine tea. I just wonder what disaster traditional tapioca pearls might bring if it is not handled properly…they will become like a sticky blob at the bottom of the straw. Therefore, I would leave this beverage for the Thanksgiving Breakfast next year, until I start working out my own flavors for the bob and try it sometime without adding the tea.
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