This weeks Freaky Friday feature is on Bubble Tea. Whilst you find Bubble Tea shops everywhere in Singapore, it is not something you see in the UK and indeed many other parts of the world, which is why it made it on to the list. I’m sure that is set to change as I know the first Bubble tea cafe ‘Bubbleology‘ recently opened in London and it’s already very popular in North American and Australia.
So what is it?
Bubble Tea was invented in Taiwan in the 80’s, where there are now around 10,000 Bubble tea stores, and it’s taken the rest of Asia by storm. Fruit and milk tea drinks (hot or iced and usually with green, black or white tea) are served with chewy tapioca balls (aka Pearls or Boba) that you drink through a straw. A strange concept!
The Bubble tea stores (my favourite is Each a Cup) here have a vast amount of flavours, and popular ones include Earl Grey, chrysanthemum, Red Bean or Plum Juice.
Finally, after 18 months I tried it – I had a hot milk tea. The tapioca pearls are soft and squidgy, and don’t really taste of much, but I liked it. I had a smoothie one with yoghurt boba the other day – delicious!
Sadly, like many things, it’s not necessarily good for your health – thanks to chemical additives, sugar levels and trans fat levels and high calories)