Vegan MoFo#6: Bubble Tea
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Yes, I’m Taiwanese and yes, I adore bubble tea. what can I say?
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.