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(Date Posted:02/19/2009 21:04 PM)
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Bubble Tea

It's fun, colourful, tasty and even chewy!

Tired of the latest fad coffees? Something new is hitting tea houses and coffee shops across the country. It’s bubble tea. This bizarre drink also goes by the names boba, pearl tea, milk tea, or bubble drink. It’s part drink, part dessert snack, and all fun!

Bubble tea is far from the plain-looking tea you are familiar with. It comes in a wild variety of flavours and colours. Challenge your palate with peach, lichee, mango or passionfruit! There is also the more traditional green or black tea flavours. It can be served either hot or cold. My personal favorite is chocolate milk black tea, iced.

But the fun part of bubble tea isn’t the colours or the flavours, it’s the ‘bubbles’.

Big, black, balls of chewy tapioca are what make bubble tea such an interesting experience.

These pearls are about the size of small marbles and they sink to the bottom of your cup. This tea is usually served with a gigantic straw just the right size for slurping up these gummy treats.

If that doesn’t sound too appetizing to you, many places that sell bubble tea do offer the wildly flavored milk teas with or without the pearls. But don’t be a chicken, you should try it at least once. It’s not as strange as it may sound. The pearls sort of remind me of a melted Gummi Bear.

Bubble tea originated overseas in Taiwan and has only recent migrated to North America within the last 10 years or so. You can now find places serving bubble tea in most major cities, such as Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver, New York and Toronto. Many say that the local imports just aren’t as good as the stuff you get in Japan and Taiwan.

If you enjoy being creative in the kitchen, you can make pearl tea at home, but it’s not easy. The starchy tapioca pearls can be hard to work with. If you boil them too long, they dissolve. Not long enough, and they are hard in the middle.

Some of the more well-known locations that offer bubble tea are: Fantasia, TC Tea or the Sweetheart Café. It’s no surprise that these tea houses are all in California.

How To Make Bubble Tea

Bubble tea can be a tricky drink to make at home, because you need special ingredients and tapioca pearls.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 5 min
Here's How:
1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the following

2. 1 scoop flavour powder

3. 1 scoop powdered dairy creamer

4. 1 scoop sugar syrup

5. 3/4 cup tea, cold

6. 1 cup ice

7. Shake everything up until the powders are dissolved and well blended.

8. Pour in a glass over the cooked tapioca pearls.

1. You can adjust the amounts to suit your own tastes.
2. Can also be made hot, without the ice.

How To Cook Tapioca Pearls

The secret to perfect bubble tea is in the pearls. It's also the hardest part of making the drink.

Difficulty: Average

Time Required: 2 hrs
Here's How:

1. Boil 8 parts water for every 1 part of pearls to be cooked.

2. Add the pearls to the boiling water, making sure that they are all evenly floating on the surface.

3. Do not cover the pot. Let simmer for 40 minutes. The pearls should be gently moving, but not rolling all around.

4. Remove the pot from heat, cover and let sit for another 30 minutes.

5. When the pearls are at just the right softness for your taste, drain them and rinse under cold water. The pearls should be cool to the touch.

6. Add them to your favorite bubble tea drink.

1. These are instructions for the pearls that are sold in a semi-moist state, not the dry ones

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