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What is this bubble tea? Bubble tea, also known as; pearl tea, boba, momi, QQ and any number of other names is looking to be far more of a trend...

What is this bubble tea? Bubble tea, also known as; pearl tea, boba, momi, QQ and any number of other names is looking to be far more of a trend than a fad. Old news to anyone hanging out anywhere near an Asian community the fun drink made with nearly anything found in a tea or coffee shop seems about to go very mainstream.

Legend has it that a teashop owner named Liu Han-Chieh invented the drink in 1983 and it took hold quickly in its native Taiwan. The general idea is to add large cooked (but not mushy) tapioca pearls to tea and coffee drinks. For those who find the idea of tapioca revolting this is very different from what you probably associate with tapioca. The relatively flavorless pearls are chewy and fun to look at. It comes in a myriad of forms ranging from an otherwise traditional iced tea infusion to something akin to a fruit smoothie. Even coffee gets into the game sometimes. The beads sit on the bottom of the drink and are sucked up through the signature large straws one always gets with the drinks. Bubble tea comes in a variety of eye catching pastel colors and has the added bonus to shop keepers that it is an easy addition to most coffee, tea or smoothie menus but is a royal pain to make at home and without the aforementioned fat straw it isn’t worth having.

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