Original article published at TasteAtlas.
Invented in Taichung, Taiwan in the 1980’s, bubble tea is a tea-based beverage that is shaken or mixed with fruit or milk. It is combined with tapioca balls, also known as bubbles, pearls, or boba, so the drink is also often referred to as boba milk tea, boba tea, tapioca tea, pearl tea or bubble drink.
Over the decades, a wide range of ingredients has been included in the production, which resulted in many varieties of bubble tea.
Some recipes replace milk with cream, ice cream, or soya milk, and flavor it with chocolate, coffee, ginger, caramel, rose, or lavender. Others use black tea or green jasmine tea mixed with fresh fruits such as strawberries, apples, mangoes, avocados, bananas, coconut, pineapple, kiwi, or peaches.
However, the most popular varieties are bubble milk tea with tapioca and bubble green milk tea with tapioca.
Bubble tea is not just a beverage, it’s also an interactive game, because you never know which sip will be liquid tea, and which will deliver a sticky and sweet tapioca ball through the giant straw, which is an integral part of the bubble tea experience.