You may have been seeing this cool looking drink all over social media something called “boba tea” or “bubble tea”.
Boba tea has gained popularity over the years for its availability in a wide range of flavors and chewy pearls.
As unique as it is, boba tea is striking with pearls in it, something very pleasing and luscious.
The texture of the boba pearls especially makes the tea very popular.
This beverage is taking the current food trend by storm and you could find it in almost every cafe and restaurant.
Boba tea, known for its aesthetic and flavour has a long list of options available that you can try and find your favorite taste.
If you’re wondering what does boba taste like, then look no further as you’ll find all the answers here.
What is Boba?
Boba tea first originated in Taiwan in the 1980s and it made its way to the western world during the 1990s.
And since then it gained popularity until now.
The first time you try bubble tea with boba you will be surprised by its texture.
The pearls are soft, squishy and chewy.
So the question arises as to what boba exactly is? The most popular boba is made of tapioca starch and is referred to as tapioca pearls.
The boba pearls are the main ingredient of the tea made with tapioca starch mixed with other ingredients such as sweet potato, konjac powder, additive sweetener, colours and so on.
For the tea, there are many options available, starting from classic black- milk tea to matcha, chocolate, vanilla, honeydew and a variety of assorted fruit squashes.
Over time, people have begun to create many interesting combinations and topping options.
What Does Boba Taste Like?
If you haven’t tried boba tea before, it is prominent to other food such as fish balls, mochi, rice noodles and any such rubbery, bouncy and chewy textured food.
It is all about sweetened tea as the base and layers of pearls at the bottom and served frothily.
Or you can even get it with toppings as you like with jelly, budding and so on.
The beverage is usually served cold with wide straw in order to suck the pearls along with the drink.
Other names for boba tea are bubble tea, pearl tea, tapioca tea, pearl drink, ball shake and so on.
This beverage usually has plenty of sweeteners (natural or artificial sweeteners).
And if you are lactose intolerant, you can go for the green, jasmine, black tea and other fruit flavoured boba tea.
As a source of nutrition, tapioca has a very high carbohydrate concentration with very low fibre, vitamins and other minerals contained.
And in a lot of cases, boba tea is highly processed with sugar, additive colours and flavours.
Bubble tea contains a lot of calories and an average cup of boba milk tea consist of approximately 280-350 calories.
Therefore, if you’re looking out for this, boba tea is not meant for you.
However, as it’s all about sweetness and the pearls, you can make the desired healthier version of your choice at home with a natural sweetener like honey, stevia and use fresh fruits squash, milk and tea of your choice.
How To Make Boba (Bubble) Tea?
Here is a simple recipe on how to make classic milk boba tea (healthy -low calories) all on your own at home.
All you need is to boil the store-brought tapioca pearls for 5 minutes and wash them in the water and keep them aside.
And into a jar put the tapioca pearls, brewed black tea, whole milk and natural sweetener of your choice be it honey or stevia.
Give it a good stir and shake for a frothy topping.
And your Starbucks like classic milk boba tea is ready to serve.
You can make a smoothie or fruit squash of your choice by simply blending the desired ingredients in a blender.
And then assemble the pearls and the smoothie or the squash as the base in a cup.
So, can you have too much boba tea? It’s not the tea as long as you’re mindful of sugar and additives.
The issue is with the pearls.
A large amount of tapioca pearls can be too hard to digest for some.
As the starchy substances bind each other and it will cause a great deal of problem in your digestive tract.
Resulting in constipation and abdominal pain.
If you have never tried this delicious drink before then please, give a go.
We assure you that you’ll absolutely love its taste and texture.
Try going for the classic milk boba tea flavour as a starter.
Chocolate and vanilla flavours are also an absolute best seller as well.
You can find a store that sells boba tea in any major city these days.
So what are you waiting for? Enjoy.