Taiwan, located north of the Phillippines and South China Sea is not the country that manufactures futuristic computers and gadgets. It also consists of some heart touching mountains, hills as well as valleys in the east and amazing beaches in the south.
The popularity of this tea culture in Taiwan can be understood if we move towards China, and the roots of tea cultivation to the Wuyi Mountains of the Fujian province. Tea trees from these mountains were wiped out and planted in the northern regions of Taiwan. With the climate and geography suitable for growing tea, Taiwan soon emerged to be the producer of some of the best teas in the world. Among the various kinds of tea grown, Green tea, black tea, and oolong are the three main types cultivated in Taiwan.
Popularly known for having tea anytime of the day, the tea culture was enjoyed only by the adult and the elderly people because youngsters seemed no interest on it .Taiwan’s bubble tea, which consists of a delectable mix of boiled small chewy tapioca balls, liquor, sugarcane syrup ,milk powder, ice cubes is an important part of the island nation’s culture.
The bubble tea was discovered accidentally in 1987. It so happened that when the founder of Chun Shui Tang Teahouse, Liu Han Chieh, wished to introduce cold tea to the menu, gathering inspiration from Japan’s cold coffee, his product development manager, Lin Hsiu Hui, dropped tapioca balls into her iced tea, just for enjoyment. This drink then became a relaxing drink among the youngsters . Presently, there are many varieties of this bubble tea and it is served in most of the teahouses in Taiwan.
Today, the mixed beverage has spread everywhere in Taiwan. It is served with its extra large straws at restaurants, teashops, cafés. This delectable bubble tea can also be made with oolong ,green and some other type of tea. Milk can be added as per customers’ preferences.
For customers preferring fruitier taste, a splash of juice starting from lychee, pomegranate , grapefruit, kumquat, lemon, mango, pineapple, passion fruit and strawberry can be added in, and those who prefer chocolate taste , for them chocolate flavors gets added. Customers can also decide what amount of ice , sugar they require or no sugar, ice required.
Taiwan’s most popular tea which is the bubble tea is also known as pearl milk tea in some parts of the world, this cold milk, fruit-based tea, shaken with small, chewy tapioca balls, is popular among Americans, South East Asians as well as Canadians.
The Bubble tea is neither black nor green but a shade of beige.
The tall glass of bubble tea with froth on top, and bubbles sparkling at the bottom was ready to be gulped through the big straw by everyone irrespective of their age. The youngsters love supping , gnawing the bubble tea. Sipping tea and gulping black bubbles while feeling the chillness and flavour reaches the soul through the mouth.