What is Bubble Tea?
What is Bubble Tea?

What is Bubble Tea?

For a little while now I have been hearing about bubble tea… but what is it??

Walking along the main street of Queenstown in New Zealand I spotted this sign. Instantly I grabbed Mr GG by the arm and directed him into the cafe.

Flavours of Bubble Tea

Flavours of Bubble Tea Sign

“We need to order a bubble tea!” I announced.

Mr GG just gave me the usualย  look which means, “of course we do.”

…but he sighed and went along with it.

It seems the first step in making bubble tea is selecting a flavour.

I chose to try a mango tea without milk.

Mango Bubble Tea

Mango Bubble Tea

So here is how it was made.

Firstly the flavour syrup is added to a cup.

Mango Syrup

Mango Syrup for Bubble Tea

Then the cup is topped up with some chilled red tea.

Making Bubble Tea

Adding the Red Tea

2 large dessert spoonfuls of tapioca balls were then added to the tea.

Tapioca Balls for Bubble Tea

Adding Tapioca Balls to Bubble Tea

Next some fruit jellies squares were spooned into the drink with a little ice.

Fruit Jellys for Bubble Tea

Adding the Fruit Jellys to Bubble Tea

The tea was then sealed and a large double straw inserted into the lid.

So what does bubble tea taste like?

The taste is deliciously sweet and when you slurp it up with the over sized straw you get a sugar burst of sweet tea mixed with soft chewy lollies.

It’s kind of a shock, as the tapioca bubble are fired up the straw. Hmm, it felt like a canon in reverse, blasting into my mouth, it is a very positive sensory sensation with a sugar hit teamed with the feel of soft balls bouncing into my mouth.

So there we have it. A bubble tea experience.

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  1. Lorraine Not Quite Nigella :

    I love bubble tea too! We usually order the taro one and I love the fat straws that are just right for the tapioca!

  2. I have such a soft spot for bubble tea. I don’t know what it is but I find it just so refreshing. I do prefer the simple flavours though, like green tea with pearls, or lychee green tea with jelly. Whilst I’m here, I’d like to wish you a Happy New Year! Looking forward to what 2013 brings ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  3. I have never tried bubble tea so I liked this step by step guide as to exactly what it is!

  4. I’ve never tried bubble tea but it does look very refreshing. Happy New Year to you, Julie xx

  5. I’ve never had bubble tea before but it sounds like a party in a cup ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to give it a try.

  6. haha, i enjoy about 3 sips of bubble tea and then i’m done!

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