Originating from Taiwan 15 years ago, Bubble tea/Boba/Tapioca Pearl drink is a delightful refreshment consisting of tea, optional fruit flavors, and dark tapioca balls. Bubble tea is known by many names such as pearl tea drink, boba ice tea, boba nai cha, zhen zhou nai cha, pearl milk tea, pearl ice tea, black pearl tea, pearl shake, BBT, PT, and QQ.
One unique ingredient of bubble tea or boba are the tapioca pearls. About the size of pearls or small marbles, they have a consistency like gummy candy. Special jumbo sized straws about 1 centimeter in diameter are used to sip these jumbo pearls along with the iced or warm tea or fruit drink.
You can enjoy Tapioca/Bubble tea drinks at many stores in Asian shopping areas in North America. For those who would like to create and enjoy them at home, the necessary ingredients are available through Ten TeaSM.
Note: Due to the heavy nature of these products, tapioca pearls and bubble tea powders are only shipped to U.S. addresses but not to P.O. Box, FPO, or APO.