Boba (or Bubble Tea) started as a childhood treat in Taiwan in the late 1980’s at small tea stands in front of schoolhouses. Boba or "Chinese Pearls" is actually a type of tapioca.
I am a huge fan of this drink. It is so addicting! I have to admit it is a little strange at first, as one tug on the straw places a pea-sized “gummy bear” on your tongue. The straws for Boba are made large to allow the Boba to pass through as you drink. The cups are usually sealed and you need to puncture the foil top with the large straw to access the drink.
Boba is usually served with tea. The tea can be flavored an unlimited number of ways. I prefer to drink it with black tea, some milk and a little honey. I recently went to Surfas and purchased some Chinese Pearls to cook at home. It was easy and fun to do.
Boba Tea for one:
½ Cup chilled large Chinese tapioca pearls
1 Cup crushed ice
1 Cup very strong, chilled black tea
1 Cup milk (or to taste)
Honey to taste
Cook pearls according to package. Chill. Brew tea according to package and refrigerate. Place pearls at bottom of glass; add ice, cold tea and milk. Add honey to taste.