Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Have Ya'll Ever Heard of Bubble Tea?


I have been meaning to post about this and forgotten, but I recently tried this stuff called "Bubble Tea" which I think is an Asian fad. It basically is a drink, with a sealed lid, fat straw, comes in multiple flavors with this little gummy balls in the bottom that you suck up through the fat straw. It was pretty interesting experience, have any of you guys tried it?
There are 2 places in Nashville that I know of, serving Bubble Tea:  The Chill Spot in Brentwood and the place next to Taco Mamacitas.
and in case you need more detailed info:

Here is the Histroy of Bubble Tea:


If you visit Taiwan or Hong Kong you can't help but notice the unique bubble teashops on every corner. Bubble Tea to Taiwan is what coffee or soda is to the U.S. One would think Bubble Tea is the national drink by its popularity.
Just like in Taiwan, Bubble Tea shops are popping up all over the world. One Taiwan based company has over 450 locations while in the Philippines another person owns over 100 within 1.5 years. bubble tea shop
The U.S. is also now feeling the growth. Hundreds of locations serve Bubble Tea in California alone. You may be wondering, "What is Bubble Tea and how did this all begin"?

Bubble Tea originated in Taiwan in the early 1980's at a small tea stand.

Elementary school children would look forward to buying a cup of refreshing tea after a long, hard day of work and play. Tea stands were set up in front of the schools and would compete for business with the best selling tea. One concession owner became popular with her tea when she started adding different fruit flavoring to her tea. Because of the sweet and cool taste, children loved the taste. Soon, other concessions heard about the "unique" and popular tea, so they started to add flavoring to their teas. When adding flavor, the tea and flavoring needed to be shaken well for a good all around taste. This formed bubbles in the drink, which came to be known as "Bubble Tea."
In 1983 Liu Han-Chieh introduced Taiwan to tapioca pearls. The new fad was to add tapioca pearls into a favorite drink. Most of the time tapioca pearls were served in cold infused tea. After the tea and flavor were shaken well, it topped tapioca pearls that were sitting on the bottom of a clear cup. The tapioca pearls also looked like bubbles, thus also became to known as "Bubble Tea." Bubbles floated on the top your drink and bottom of your drink.
pearl milk tea

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 possible many others.

Bubble drinks are usually cool, refreshing, and a sweet drink with tapioca pearls sitting on the bottom of a clear cup. Sometimes the drink is made with fresh fruits, milk, and crushed ice to create a healthy milk shake. You can also find drinks that are made of powdered flavoring, creamer, water, and crushed ice. And if you like it like the Asians do, the cool drink usually includes a healthy tea, infused by a flavoring. honeydew bubble tea
Tapioca pearls are black, but can sometimes be found to be white or transparent. Depending on the ingredients of the pearl, the color varies. I've been told that the white and translucent pearls are made of caramel, starch and chamomile root extract. The black pearl includes sweet potato, cassava root and brown sugar, which add the black color.
The consistency of tapioca pearls are somewhere between jell-o and chewing gum. They are the size of a marble. They are also known as the "boba" drink in Western China because it is described as to having the same texture as the female breasts.
papaya bubble tea A clear cup with black balls on the bottom can easily identify bubble Tea drinks. Another obvious trait is a huge fat straw. The fat straw is needed so that the tapioca pearls can be sucked up with the drink and eaten. Bubble Tea's appearance definitely makes it unique.
One thing is for certain. Bubble Tea is not a fad. It's a trend. This drink is addictive. If you've had a good one before then you know what we're talking about.

11 comments:

Susannah said...

That sounds super gross to me-I may have thrown up a little...

StylishSuburban said...

Love Bubble tea!

melissa said...

I've never heard of this! But, I'm with Susannah - it sounds gross. I can't even drink Iced Caramel Macchiatos from Starbucks because if I suck any caramel up in the straw it makes me gag. I'll try almost anything once so I'd give it a whirl but it doesn't sound good to me.

grizaham said...

I have not tried it!
I will not purposely try it but if it happens one day that i am with people who are going to purchase a cannister of this stuff then i may join them.

WDE.

Brandy@YDK said...

I've never tried it - and I'm not sure I would want to

Mere said...

So did you like? I think I saw a stand in the Galleria last week. Will have to check it out!

sippy said...

Opry Mills had a little shop we used to frequent- I love the stuff.

emilie said...

when we lived in NYC this stuff was available everywhere and I'd never heard of/ seen it before. I thought then (and still do!) that it just seems super grody. little balls of tapioca or whatever? ick! that being said, I've never actually tried it, so it may be delicious. but I'm good with not personally knowing!!

Julie Bray said...

I believe I must try this soon..... Or at least talk Bryan into trying one and he can tell me if I will like it or not and go from there.....
He ate raw fish stuff in Italy, he'll try anything!

Anonymous said...

Stop in at Chill Spot in Brentwood and get the taste of this wonderful drink. If you like just let Jay know that the Grizas send you to get a taste test. Will be delighted to get you introduced to this great drink. Thanks GRIZAs and congrat on the little guy.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, I was looking for information on this drink! I Will be trying it very soon !

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