What’s bubble milk tea? What makes it so popular (we’re not jealous, just curious), and what is it eating or thinking or… Okay, we’re not going to get those answers, but it showed up right on time to tell you more about its legendary life:
Who are you?
Excuse me? I am, like, world famous. Okay, more so in Asian countries, but still, I am, like, very famous.You don’t know me? Maybe my stage name pearl milk tea will ring a bell?
What are you then?
Short answer: I am delicious and irresistible.
Longer answer: I am milk tea with lovely round tapioca balls sitting at the bottom.
Why are you also called pearl milk tea?
Looking around, you’ll see that most of my friends are made with black tapioca balls, but my grandparents – they were made with white ones, which kind of do look like pearls! So people got creative and started calling us “pearl milk tea”.
Where did you com from?
I am from Taiwan – two tea shops say they invented me in the late 1980s, but I don’t know who my real parents are. Someone poured tapioca balls into their drink during a boring meeting (is there ever an interesting meeting?), and believe it or not, it might mark the first time in history something productive came out of a meeting! Anyway, I digress. Nowadays, I am pretty much on every corner in Taiwan, and I am a very common sight in other countries too!
When did you make it big?
I started getting popular in 1990s – milk tea had always been big in most parts of East and Southeast Asia, but I transcended that.
How did you get the nickname boba milk tea?
Oh no, ugh, not this question. Like, it literally means “a woman with big boobs” in Chinese and I don’t like to talk about it. I guess whatever works to get people’s attention! Can we stick with pearl milk tea? You know what, this is such a disrespectful question, I am leaving!
The interview is over, let’s get you some recommendation:
Popular Taiwanese tea shop, they are spot on about the ratio of water and tea leaves in their drinks.
Charles Tea Bar
Signature cold-brewed tea to go with the chewy tapioca balls.
Bubble Tea Work
Managed by a Taiwanese, the tea shop makes their tapioca balls every day and they do not contain any preservative, artificial colouring, or plasticiser.
Order food you love!