Vegan MoFo#6: Bubble Tea

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Vegan MoFo#6: Bubble Tea


Yes, I’m Taiwanese and yes, I adore bubble tea.  what can I say?

Lemony bubble tea with Ai-Yu

Lemony bubble tea with Ai-Yu

Bubble tea comes in all flavours and forms.  You can get the fresh fruit slush, fruit juice (not slushy) or black/green ice tea varieties.    Of course, I must warn you about the inferior bubble tea made from nasty powder.  Always ask before you order “do you make your bubble tea from powder”?  If the answer is yes, please just back out of the store and never return.

The solid pieces that come in bubble tea are what really make bubble tea so unique.  The most common and popular solids you can get is called the “pearl”.  They are giant brown tapioca balls.  They are chewy and you suck them up from the bottom of the drink using a big fat straw.

Quite a few people I’ve encountered say they hate bubble tea because they think the consistency of the tapioca is gross.  But you can just skip the solids and order bubble tea without anything added.  Or, you can try some of the less known but extremely fun things to add to your beverage.

One ingredient I like to get is lemon grass jelly or “ai yu”.  Ai yu is a light lemony jelly that is extremely refreshing.  The jelly is made from agar-agar, a seaweed derived thickening agent.  Imagine if jello made a vegan jello that’s subtly flavoured with real lemon. Hmmmmmm

There is also a coconut jelly and grass jelly.  I will talk about those in a future post when I can get photos of them.

the black balls are "pearl" and the yellow jelly is "ai-yu"

the black balls are "pearl" and the yellow jelly is lemon grass jelly or "ai-yu"



October 11, 2009 at 10:01 pm

I love bubble tea! There’s a fabulous place in Victoria that does some really good ones – and they even offer soy milk for their milky teas. And I’ve always loved the pearls – it’s a weird combo to have something chewy like that in a drink, but I love the satiny mouthfeel. Not brave enough to try the jelly though.


October 12, 2009 at 5:08 pm

wow soy milk? That’s awesome. Wish we had one here. Try the jelly, it’s really good. It’s like jello, but better!

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October 29, 2009 at 5:11 pm

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