What is bubble tea, the drink that drives social networks crazy?

the bubble teaalso called boba, was created in Taiwan in the 80s. As with many dishes, it is said that its production is a coincidence. On the other hand, no one knows to whom we owe this drink. Some say it was a waitress who started it, others think it was two tea room owners. In 2006, a trial was also held to recognize the inventor, only in the absence of evidence, the judge did not rule. Still, as soon as it came out, schoolchildren took it over, then the tea rooms. It was in the 90s that the bubble tea arrives in major North American and European cities.

Bubble tea, what is it exactly?

As its name suggests, the bubble tea or bubble tea, is a beverage made from hot or cold tea. Its particularity is at the bottom of the glass: these are its small marbles. The brown tapioca pearls (starch extracted from cassava starch) are slightly sweet and make the drink so popular. Indeed, thanks to them, the bubble tea is both refreshing and fun: while drinking, you suck up the balls with an XXL straw that burst and melt on your tongue. In terms of taste, we are spoiled for choice. Prepared with fruits mixed in milk, a fruit syrup or even flavored powders, the bubble tea goes on ad infinitum.

Is it good for health?

The pearls contained in the bubble astonish as much as they are singled out. Are they good for health? Aren’t they too chemical? First, the marbles must be brought to a boil in order to be suitable for consumption. After being rinsed and wrung out, they are covered with syrup. The only risk of tapioca pearls is their high sugar content. Studies claim that a single marble can contain up to 50g of sugar. The calorie count also increases with the added syrup. Nevertheless, green tea, very popular in the bubble tea, contains antioxidants and fruit vitamins. So if bubble tea is not dangerous, it is still advisable to consume it occasionally. And for a healthier drink, you can always make some at home.

How to reproduce bubble tea at home?

To make a bubble tea home is very simple. The only ingredient you probably don’t have in the cupboard are tapioca pearls. You can find it in supermarkets or Asian grocery stores. A kilo of marbles costs less than ten euros. Then you will need two bags of black or green tea, 8 ounces of water, 4 tablespoons of cow’s, almond or oat milk, 2 tablespoons of syrup of your choice, honey or agave syrup and 40 g of tapioca pearls.

First, bring the water to a boil and let the tea bags steep. Leave to rest in the refrigerator. Meanwhile, in a pot of boiling water, add the pearls and mix so that they don’t stick together. Cook them for 5 to 7 minutes, until they rise to the surface. Then, drain them and rinse them with cold water. In a bowl, cover them with syrup. Finally, at the bottom of a large glass, pour the balls, add ice cubes, cooled tea and milk. Mix well and add the honey. Serve it bubble tea with a straw large enough to let the pearls through.

Where to find bubble tea in Belgium?

And if however cooking is not your forte, you can always go get a bubble tea in a tea room near you. The specialized channel 8tea5 is installed almost everywhere in Belgium: in Brussels, Liège, Antwerp and Ghent. They offer pearl milk teas. You are free to choose blueberry, coconut, mango, strawberry, watermelon or vanilla flavor. In Brussels, you can also go to Bubble Tea Room. Tea is either black or green. As for the syrup, treat yourself with lemon, lychee, cherry or green apple. Regarding tapioca pearls, the flavor choices are identical. Finally, in Liège, go to Tea4you where you can drink a bubble tea with fresh fruit or syrup.

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