Posted by: jyunbugspeaks | April 28, 2012

Jyunbugspeaks in Taiwan: The birthplace of Bubble Tea

Did you know that Taiwan is the birthplace of world famous bubble tea? My local guide and good friend Angela pointed this out to me when we ordered this unique and refreshing drink. There are quite a few bubble tea establishments just around my hotel. Luckily one of the more popular brands, called 50 Blue (the word Blue was translated) was just down the road. The menu at this place was extensive, you could order the regular and most popular which was black tea with tapioca. If you are not familiar with what tapioca is, they are the little black balls that they add to your drink. It’s suppose to add texture?! Mind you it could be a choking hazard to small children so be mindful of that. At this joint they had a top 10 list so I tried their #1 drink which was grape juice with a shot of japanese yogurt drink called Yacult and jelly. My gf had a drink that combined passion fruit with seeds and all, tapioca and jelly. What I love so much about Taiwanese bubble tea is the fact that their ingredients are always fresh and in season. No powders or fillers, if mangos are not in season, they don’t serve it. Period. How refreshing that they would take the time to construct this simple yet flavorful drink and bring your taste buds to so many levels literally. Imagine you take a sip on a enlarged straw and up shoots this great tasting drink and then wham you get this mouthful of tapioca and jelly that adds incredible flavors and textures. Truly unique and what can I say but awesome!

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