Bubble Tea – Taiwan’s favorite soft drink

Bubble tea is a tea mix drink thatwas invented in Taiwan in the 80s. It classically consists of black tea, milk and boiled tapioca balls. Meanwhile, the tea-mixed drink is also available in numerous countries outside Taiwan.

Nowhere, however, are there as many stores as in Taiwan. If one walks through the streets of Taipei and Tainan, it often happens that you can find several stores right next to each other and you can be sure that the tea will taste a little different tastes a little different in each store.

The taste of classic milk tea ranges from creamy, floral to bitter. Those who like the British black tea with milk will also get their money’s worth here. But even those who don’t like milk can now find bubble tea as an iced tea variant. Various bubbles and jellies make Bubble Tea also optimal for more experimental tea drinkers – and  who does not like tea, also gets a suitable cold drink with bubbles in the meantime.

The tea usually comes in a completely sealed Plastic cup therefore. This is pierced with the tip of the straw before drinking. pierced. In the better cafes, however, you can sometimes enjoy it in a glass.

But what varieties of bubble tea are there, is bubble tea unhealthy, and can you make the Taiwanese delicacy yourself? We have investigated.

What are the varieties of bubble tea?

Bubble tea usually consists of a mixture of the following basic ingredients:

  • Tea: Classically, bubble tea contains black tea, green tea or oolong tea. However, other teas such as hibiscus tea (Fleur de Jamaica) have now also found their way into the ingredients. In addition, some stores even now offer coffee with bubbles.
  • Milk: In the classic bubble tea is cow’s milk, but other variants such as sweet canned milk, soy milk, powdered milk, coconut milk or milk substitute powder are sometimes found in the teas.
  • Bubbles: The classic bubbles for bubble tea are made of tapioca and are black in color. Their consistency is that of soft gummy bears. Furthermore, there are white bubbles made of alginate and the so-called popping bubbles, which are also made of alginate, but are liquid inside and filled with a sweet fruit syrup. In addition to the classic bubbles, there are also other inserts for the tea. You can often find coconut jelly, lychee, jelly from konjac root, grass jelly, mango, bean or bean paste, aloe jelly or even egg jelly
  • Syrup: Especially in the variant of bubble tea without milk, fruit syrup is usually found to make it an iced tea. However, there are also numerous variants with milk in which fruit syrup is, so they are very similar to a milkshake.
  • Fruit: But there are also bubble tea with real fruit that then comes pureed or in pieces in the cup. Especially mango, passion fruit and citrus fruits are often found. Mostly, however, syrup is still added to the fruit for a more intense flavor.
  • Sugar (syrup): In many stores, you can decide for yourself how much sugar (in addition to the fruit syrup and the sweetened bubbles) should be in the cup.
  • Ice cubes: You can also determine the amount of ice. Little tip from my side, if you are slow drinkers, order without ice for a change – the bubbletea is cold when you get it anyway and the ice cubes just end up watering it down unnecessarily. Plus, with less ice, there’s more tea in the cup.

Is bubble tea unhealthy?

In 2009, bubble tea was also available for purchase in Germany for the first time. By 2013, numerous stores sprouted from the ground. In the same year, however, the trend already ended again. A research study in which toxins had been found in bubbletea was widely reported by the German media and triggered a kind of hysteria. In samples that were subsequently taken at various Bubbletea stores in Germany, however, no toxins could be detected. Many company bankruptcies and even libel suits followed. What remained was the bad reputation of bubble tea.

In Taiwan itself, there was a scandal that a strawberry syrup, which was also used for bubble tea, was contaminated with carcinogenic Substances was loaded. In the classical variants the however not but it is used in strawberry milkshake. The syrup has been withdrawn from circulation.

So bad as many of him think is the tea therefore not. Healthy he is again also not, whereby between the different sorts must be distinguished:

Milk tea is first of all not unhealthy. At least not unhealthier than tea and milk on their own. However, it often contains larger amounts of caffeine and, depending on the preparation, a lot of sugar. The sometimes used milk substitute powders, however, often contain additional sugar and bad fats.

Tapioca bubbles are made from the starch of the manjock Root. Other than starch, they have no relevant nutritional value (Nor any vitamins or minerals). However, they are pickled in sugar syrup and therefore contain Therefore, larger amounts of sugar.

Iced tea: Iced tea consists of tea and sugar and additionally often still fruit syrup. Thus, the sugar content is again very high.

Popping Bubbles consist of alginate, sugar and artificial Coloring and flavoring agents. Thus, they are definitely no healthier than Gummy Bears.

Naturally there are also strong differences, depending on Which ingredients are used. Fresh tea, fresh milk, fresh bubbles and perhaps even homemade syrup are in the normal case certainly higher quality and healthier than ready-made powder to mix.

It remains to be said that the tea-mixed drink is not per se Harmful to health is. Due to its high sugar content, however, it should be the common sense according to only in moderation consume. The caffeine (Teein) in the Bubble Tea is to be compared besides with the quantity in coffee.

Make your own bubble tea

If you want to make your own bubble tea, it’s not that difficult. not so difficult. First, of course, you need to decide what kind of bubble tea you want to have. of bubble tea you want to have.

  1. For the classic bubble tea you need tapioca pearls, and the big dark ones. You can order these on the internet. The bags are not quite cheap, but they are very productive. Cook the bubbles according to the instructions on the package
  2. In the next step, you need to cook the tea base of your bubble tea. So make a black tea, green tea, oolong tea or hibiscus tea. Be careful not to let the teas steep too long (see preparation recommendation on the package) because then they quickly become bitter. Put the tea then cold.
  3. Once everything is cooled, all ingredients in a glass and stir vigorously.

For the classic milk tea variant you take:

  • Ca. 300 ml black tea or oolong tea  
  • Ca. 300 ml. Milk (3.5% fat)
  • 1 ladle full of black bubbles
  • Ice cubes
  • Sugar syrup (to taste)
  • Mix the tea and milk with ice cubes and shakes properly for 15-20 seconds. Then give the milk tea ice mixture to the bubbles in a large glass, or pour it through a sieve if you don’t want any ice in your bubble tea. Alternatively, you can put both in the freezer for 10-15 minutes Minutes in the freezer so that it is nice and cold.
  • Sweeten the tea then as desired with syrup. (Sugar does not dissolve well).

For the classic iced tea variant you need

  • About 600 ml black tea or oolong tea  (cold)
  • About 1-4 tbsp fruit syrup e.g. passion fruit
  • 1 ladle full of bubbles (black bubbles or Popping Bubbles)
  • Ice cubes
  • If desired, fresh fruit
  • Mix all ingredients together.

Make your own Black Bubbles

  • 9 tsp tapioca flour (or tapioca starch)
  • 3 tsp COOKING water
  • Ca 3 cups water in a saucepan
  • 225g brown sugar
  • Black food coloring if desired
  1. Bring all the water together to a boil
  2. Measure out the tapioca flour and place it in a small bowl give
  3. Measure the boiling water and immediately add to the Tapioca Flour. (If the water is no longer hot enough, the Consistency of the mass mushy and sticky)
  4. Mix the water and flour immediately while the water is is still hot. The best way to do this is with a conventional spoon. Then with your hands continue to knead until mass has a consistency like dough. Now you can add aucch the food coloring.
  5. Brown sugar together with the remaining boiling Mix water while stirring constantly until it is completely dissolved. Put a ¼ of it cold.  
  6. Now it goes to the balls form. To do this, you form Your tapioca dough into about 5mm thick sausages and cut them into about 5-8mm long pieces (the main thing about the same size). Roll the pieces into balls. balls. They should be about the size of a pea.
  7. Now boil your water-sugar mixture again up. Once it boils, you add the pearls. These will first sink and then boil up.
  8. The bubbles must boil for about 10-20 minutes. Since However, the cooking time also varies greatly depending on the size and dough, you should keep it better keep an eye on and check regularly. Also stir regularly, because they stick together in the sugar syrup or the balls stick to the bottom when the liquid slowly boils down. When the liquid slowly boils down.  
  9. When the bubbles have the desired consistency. have, skim them off and put them in the cold syrup that you had set aside Had and put it all together in the fridge

What else you should definitely know about bubbletea should know

Bubble tea is certainly not a drink for the slim line. Depending on how it is prepared, the sugar content in the classic versions can be on par with conventional Cola or energy drinks keep up. Toxic, as it is sometimes said, is Bubbletea however not.

Another shortcoming of bubbletea, however, is that it generates a lot of Garbage generated. Usually, it comes in a plastic cup, with a shrink-wrapped Plastic lid and plastic straw.

Some stores, therefore, now offer to let you put it into his own reusable bottle can let. If one then still a reusable straw has, then one can enjoy the delicacy also completely without regret enjoy.

If you want to drink it at home, remember that you will need need the right straws for it. We recommend straws with a 12mm. Diameter so that the bubbles will fit through them.

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