What Is Boba Tea?

A glass of bubble tea
ALTERNATIVE NAMESBoba
Pearl milk tea
Boba milk tea
Boba tea
Tapioca tea
COURSEDrink
PLACE OF ORIGINTaiwan
REGION OR STATEEast AsiaSoutheast AsiaSouth AsiaNorth AmericaEuropeAustralia and New Zealand
MAIN INGREDIENTSTapiocamilkcreamerbrewed teasugar, flavorings
 Cookbook: Bubble Tea   Media: Bubble tea

Bubble tea (also known as pearl milk teabubble milk tea, or boba) (Chinese: 珍珠奶茶; pinyinzhēnzhū nǎichá, 波霸奶茶; bōbà nǎichá) is a Taiwanese tea-based drink invented in Tainan and Taichung in the 1980s.[1] 

Recipes contain tea of some kind, flavors of milk, and sugar (optional).

Toppings, such as chewy tapioca balls (also known as pearls or boba), popping bobafruit jellygrass jellyagar jelly, and puddings are often added. Ice-blended versions are frozen and put into a blender, resulting in a slushy consistency.[2] 

There are many varieties of the drink with a wide range of flavors. The two most popular varieties are black pearl milk tea and green pearl milk tea.[2]


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