Appeared a not-so-long time ago, bubble tea has quickly become one of the most favorite drinks in the world. With many special delicious flavors and affordable price, this convenient drink meets all the needs and preferences of Asian youth.
Bubble tea is also called by other names like pearl milk tea or boba milk tea. A special thing of this drink is that when shaking, you will see a layer of foam forming on top. That is reason why the name “bubble tea” showed up.
There are many different stories about the history of bubble tea. Most theories agree that this kind of tea first appeared in Taiwan in the 1980s, but who created it is still a matter of debate.
Many stories say that this tea was invented by Liu Han-Chieh, owner of Chun Shui Tang Teahouse in Taichung, Taiwan. Some others argue that the real creator of bubble tea is Lin Hsiu Hui, the teahouse’s product development manager, not the owner. Besides, there’s also people say this tea was made from Hanlin teahouse in Tainan, Taiwan, owned by Tu Tsong-he.
Wherever it came from, this drink is still the pride of Taiwanese people. In the 1990s, bubble tea became popular in most countries of East Asia and Southeast Asia. Up to now, this tea has spread widely throughout Asia and even many parts of Europe, America and Canada.
There are many kinds of bubble tea, divided into two main groups: milk tea and fruit-flavored tea. The original bubble tea was made from hot black tea, small tapioca pearls, condensed milk and syrup. Little by little, many types of this tea were invented.
Green tea was used widely besides black tea. Big tapioca balls (boba) appeared instead of small pearls. Fruits, jelly, cream… were added. Ice tea was preferred to hot tea. Many kinds of flavor showed up for you to choose. All of them make such beautiful, various world of bubble tea like we see today.
Bubble tea is a perfect choice for a rainy afternoon alone in some small shop, a night out with friends around town or a romantic date by a river. Each tea sip is full with aroma of fresh tea, bathed with lightly fat milk and soft chewy sweet pearl, sure will be the flavor that you can never forget.
Also, you can make your own bubble tea for family members quite easily. With only a few tea bags or fresh tea leaves, a little milk and tapioca powder, you can have perfect bubble tea cups for a cozy evening with your family.