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Bubble Tea: A Fun Iced Tea Recipe

Not a lot of people know about bubble tea. Originating in Taiwan, this is a relatively recent innovation in iced tea recipes. It has gained some popul...

 

Not a lot of people know about bubble tea. Originating in Taiwan, this is a relatively recent innovation in iced tea recipes. It has gained some popularity in the west in the past twenty years. This iced tea recipe is not easy to make, which is probably why it hasn’t quickly become popular over the world. However, this may also be attributed to the fact that bubble tea is well-loved in the Orient and its production has been carefully guarded with the aim for the recipe to remain a secret.


What Is Bubble Tea?

Bubble tea also called pearl tea. It is a specially frothy type of drink with chewy “pearls” or tapioca-like balls in it. The original pearl tea was hot Taiwanese black with condensed milk, honey and tapioca balls resting on the bottom of the cup. The name is derived from the layer of froth produced on the top that looks like bubbles. It is a sweet, rich drink that could be a dessert in itself. Many variations have come out since, using different kinds of teas, spices, flavorings and different types of “pearls”.

The tiny pearls on bubble teas average about 6 mm in diameter and are originally made of tapioca starch, but also now are made of egg pudding, aloe pieces, coconut jelly, coffee jelly, lychee jelly or konjac jelly. A popular variant of the tapioca starch being mixed with green tea, gives the pearls a green color and a much more chewy texture. Tapioca is a product from the South American cassava plant. When cassava was introduced to the Orient in the 1800’s, it became a big hit. Today, you can find cassava in almost any store and outdoor market in the Orient from Turkey to Taipei.


The Drink Is Half The Fun

You cannot call a bubble tea a real bubble tea unless it is served exactly the way it should be served. Bubble teas need to be served in paper or plastic cups with over sized plastic dome lids and over sized plastic straws so you can suck up the pearls which usually settle at the bottom of the cup. The enjoyment of the drink can only be compared by how many people in the United States feel about Slurpees: you can only truly enjoy in the Slurpee experience if you use a plastic spoon-straw.

This iced tea recipe has spawned all kinds of bubble drink variations – bubble coffee, bubble fruit juices and bubble slushies. It has stopped becoming necessary to have tea anymore in order to enjoy a bubble drink. You do need machinery to help in the making of bubble tea as in the making of latté drinks and cappuccinos. You need either a cocktail shaker or a good blender. The straw can be acquired at any supermarket. While it may take a couple of hours to bake the tapioca dough pearls into bubble tea pearls, this is certainly easier than flying off to Taiwan just to enjoy this drink.