Things to Know about Bubble Tea

Nowadays, bubble milk tea was well received by most girl consumers in Myanmar. As for me, I am one of bubble tea fans and I enjoye it at least one time per week. Whenever we meet our friends, it’s such a nice feeling to talk with friends grabbing a bubble tea cup in hands. Here are a few things to know about bubble tea for who love bubble teas.

Bubble tea

Bubble tea (also known as pearl milk tea, bubble milk tea, boba tea ) is a Taiwanese tea-based drink invented in Tainan and Taichung in the 1980s. Recipes contain tea of some kind, flavors or milk, as well as sugar (optional).


Toppings, such as chewy tapioca balls (also known as pearls, or boba), popping boba, fruit jelly, grass jelly, agar jelly, and puddings are often added. Ice-blended versions are frozen and put into a blender, resulting in a slushy consistency.

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.


The most accredited story for the origin of bubble tea comes from the Hanlin teahouse in Tainan, Taiwan. In 1986, in the Ya Mu Liao market, teahouse owner Tu Tsong-he got the inspiration when he saw white tapioca balls.

He then made tea using the traditional white tapioca balls, which have the appearance of pearls, supposedly resulting in the so-called “pearl tea”. Shortly after, Hanlin changed the white tapioca balls to the black version, mixed with brown sugar or honey, that is seen today. At many locations, one can purchase both black tapioca balls and white tapioca balls.

An alternative origin is the Chun Shui Tang Teahouse in Taichung, Taiwan. Its founder, Liu Han-Chieh, observed how the Japanese served cold coffee (while on a visit in the 1980s) and applied this method to tea. The new style of serving tea propelled his business, and multiple chains were established.

This expansion would be the stepping stone for the rapid expansion of bubble tea. The creator of bubble tea is Lin Hsiu Hui, the teahouse’s product development manager, who randomly poured her fen yuan into the iced tea drink during a boring meeting in 1988.

The beverage was well received at the meeting, leading to its inclusion on the menu. It ultimately became the franchise’s top-selling product.

The drink became popular in most parts of East and Southeast Asia during the 1990s.  The drink is well received by global consumers from Canada and USA, specifically around areas with high Asian demographics.

In contemporary times, bubble tea has achieved cultural significance outside of Taiwan in some areas for Asian-Americans, Asian-Canadians and major overseas populations of Asians.


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