Thursday, June 3, 2010

Bubble Tea

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If you’ve never heard of it, Bubble Tea is a very popular asian treat with shops in food courts worldwide.  Except anywhere near our tiny town, that is.  Bubble Tea comes in tons of flavors from the drab (wheat flavor anyone?) to the super fruity (lychee or papaya smoothies for example).  They are served with pearls (you know, the bubbles!) or without.  The pearls are tapioca pearls in various flavors and you use a really big straw to suck them up!  Since we don’t have any place near by to treat the kids, I bought the pearls and made our own.

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I purchased Green Tea flavored tapioca pearls at the local asian food store and boiled them per the directions on the back.  They take a while to cook, so make plans to spend at least half an hour on them.  While they boil, you can start your green tea (I use the coffee maker).

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When the pearls are ready I added them to about 2oz of milk (more or less to your taste) then added the tea to the milk and pearls.   It is usually lightly sweetened with honey or sugar to taste.  It is also usually served cold, but ours didn’t have much time to cool!  The kids were unsure at first, but really liked it!

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Kristina P. said...

I have never heard of this. It actually sounds really cool.

Unknown Mami said...

There are a lot of places where I live that serve this.

Anonymous said...

Try boiling the plain/unflavored one with sugar then add honeydew strings (use a cheese grater), milk and crushed ice, yum!

Oh, I did not make that up. I'm Filipino so I grew up with these things, :).

Gramee said...

we just found a shop near us that sell this i have had it before and was excited to see it near me!

Joe and Leanna said...

Hmmm...not sure it sounds real appetizing to be sucking up green peas through a straw with milk/tea??? But then, I will 'try' anything at least once!