What is Bubble Tea?

Bubble tea, also referred to as boba tea, milk tea, Zhengzhou pearl tea and many other monikers, is a combination of shaken tea, milk, sugar, and giant tapioca balls resulting in a sweet treat similar to a milk shake. Over the last 10 years, this addictive and delicious beverage has taken cities in the US and UK by storm and continues to exponentially grow in popularity in the West.

The Legend of Bubble Tea

Legend has it, bubble tea originated in Taiwan in the early 1980’s at a small tea stand. Elementary school children would look forward to buying a cup of refreshing tea after a long, hard day of work and play. Tea stands were set up in front of the schools and would compete for business with the best selling tea.  In 1983, Liu Han-Chieh introduced Taiwan to tapioca pearls. The new fad was to add tapioca pearls into cold infused tea. After the tea and flavor were shaken well, the tapioca pearls looked like bubbles, thus the name “Bubble Tea.”

How to Make Bubble Tea

Watch this very cool instructional video and find the fairly simple Bubble Tea recipe below.

Ingredients: (2 servings)

30g black tapioca pearl
300g water
10g black tea leaves
300g soy milk
30 – 60g maple/agave syrup


1. soak black tapioca over night.
2. boil black tea leaves for 1 – 2 minutes.
3. add soy milk and bring to a boil. turn off the heat when it brings to a boil again.
4. boil black tapioca for 1 – 2 minutes.
5. let them cool then pour together into your cup.;

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