Making Bubble Tea
- Tea (incl. water/ice)
- Flavouring (powder/syrup)
- Sweetener (sugar or honey)
- Texture (tapioca pearls, lychee, etc)
Combine all ingredients in large clear plastic cup, shake vigorously, serve with extra wide straw.
Bubble Tea Canada
More and more individuals, being health conscious, opt for tea rather than any other beverage. But bubble tea is even more exciting! It's flavour and texture go far beyond your usual tea-based drink in Canada. This unique tea has its origins in Taiwan. And the 'bubble" in the label is for the tapioca balls mixed with the tea. These balls which are about the size of small marbles sink into the bottom of the teacup, but are consumed while you drink it. Technically, you will be eating jello-liked bits in between tea sips. It's a drink and dessert in one. What's more interesting is the gigantic straw with every serving of this tea, which is needed to suck up the tapioca balls.
The tapioca balls which are also called tapioca pearls are taken from cassava root. They are boiled with extra caution to ensure that they are just the right texture - firm and smooth, instead of soggy and mushy. The end result of the tapioca pearl should have tenderness just between jelly and gum. If cooked too long, they dissolve; if cooked too short, the middle of the tapioca ball is not chewy. Because tapioca balls have a quite bland taste, they are coated with sweetener. Others soak them in honey or sugar for an hour. These tapioca pearls are also called Boba and so don't be surprised if someone calls the tea as Boba tea.
The origin of the bubble tea brings us to about three decades ago. The first version of the bubble tea was a mixture of black tea, milk, sweetener and tapioca pearls. It was served either cold or hot. After about ten years, its fame went out of Taiwan and crawled to neighboring Asian countries and eventually to the Toronto area, and elsewhere in Canada. Find more information at Bubble Tea King.
Bubble tea is almost in every city now. One popular brand is Big Orange Bubble Tea in Burnaby, BC. Just try it and you will definitely ask for more. You can even make one at home. It's a wonderful drink to offer your visitors.
Different modifications of the bubble tea came out. The most common and popular nowadays are the fruit versions. Bubble tea servings are now colorful and with varied fruit flavors. You can choose mango, pineapple, lychee, green apple and a lot more. If you prefer to prepare your own bubble tea at home, you can have any fruit flavor you wish for. They can easily be ordered online.
The flavourings can be found either as a dry-powder that must be mixed, or in the form of flavoured syrups (Torani, DaVinci, Monin). These adds some more sweetness to the drink, and can also add dozens of unique flavours.
Bubble Tea Flavoured Powders
These are great to add to flavour-up a tea-based drink, with flavours such as Apple, Orange, Blue Raspberry and Peach available. Perfect when combined with a texture like lychee.
Bubble Tea Textures
Textures are the tiny fruits and tapioca pearls that are added to bubble tea and really set them apart from traditional drinks. Aside from just tapioca pearls, fruit is sometimes used, or even lychee bits.
There's another twist of the usual combination of tea and the tapioca pearls. Some add in small cubes of jellies. There's now a variation in the texture of the food eaten. The jellies are softer than the tapioca balls. The good thing about jellies is the fact that they are already pre-flavored and comes in different colors. The most common used jellies are nata de coco, these are jellies from coconut. You can actually use any jelly so long as they can be sliced into cubes.
Others who are having hard time preparing the tapioca balls opt for the jelly cubes as substitute. Just like the original version of the bubble tea, it is still a hybrid of tea and dessert. But personally, I prefer half-boba and half-jelly.
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