Everything to Know About Bubble Tea

Bubble tea is a very popular drink that originated in Taiwan way back in the 1980s. Since then it has found its way to many parts of Asia, including the tiny red dot, Singapore. It is so popular in Singapore that bubble tea lovers flocked to bubble tea stores in record numbers, on the eve of the day the local government announced the closure of non-essential businesses (including bubble tea stores) in April. So what makes this drink so popular and special. Let’s find out more in the rest of the article below.

Where are the Bubbles?

Although it is commonly called bubble tea, there aren’t actually bubbles, and in some cases, tea as well in the drink at all. Generally, the drink is prepared with a mixture of tea, coffee, fruit or milk, and chewy tapioca pearls at the base of the cup. The bubbles in the bubble tea can be either attributed to the milky froth/bubbles that appears when someone shakes the drink, or the tapioca pearls that resemble pearls. Either way, Singaporeans are not really crazy about its name as much as they love the drink itself.

What are Used to Make the Signature Pearls?

I think you should know by now that the pearls are not actual pearls that you can find from the ocean. Instead, it is actually made of tapioca, a starchy root that can be found in many Asian countries, and is commonly used in both savoury and sweet dishes. The original manufactured tapioca pearls that are found in stores, are very small sized balls that are black, white or transparent in colour, and quite hard to chew. Once these raw pearls are boiled in steaming hot water, they become soft and chewy. However, these tapioca pearls are actually rather bland and tasteless, so most bubble tea shops store them in sugary syrup mixtures to make them sweet, and to retain their chewiness.

How to Make a Bubble Tea Drink?

There are many variations of bubble tea being sold in stores today. However, the basic premise of making a bubble tea drink is actually as follows.

  1. Add a couple of the prepared sweetened tapioca pearls into the base of a plastic cup.
  2. Fill the cup with either chilled concoctions of fruit flavoured teas, milk tea, milk coffee or smoothies and a generous serving of ice.
  3. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly together before sealing the top of the cup.

And there you have it, a simple way to make bubble tea. And not forgetting the rather absurdly larger than usual straw to slurp up all the bubble tea goodness, together with the chewy pearls. Please note that in some variations, the tapioca pearls are substituted with pudding, grass jelly and even aloe vera. Nonetheless, these drinks still retain the term bubble tea, regardless of the ingredients used.

Need to Get your Bubble Tea Fix?

If all this reading about bubble tea is making you crave for it even more, then don’t worry, because we got you covered. Rather than search endlessly for the best bubble tea Singapore stores, why not you head on over to the Foodpanda.sg website or download their app. Once you are in, order your favourite bubble tea from your preferred stores and have the Foodpanda riders deliver it to you in an instant.

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