What Really are the Beautiful Bubbles in Bubble Tea?

Bubbles in BUBBLE Tea / BOBA Tea

Have you ever wondered what bubbles in bubble tea are all about? How do those magical, mysterious, black bubbles on the bubble tea menu seem to appear in so many drinks? The purpose of this guide is to help you learn everything you need to know about them. Besides, you’ll love them, so don’t be afraid to order them!

The black bubbles you see so often in bubble tea are Tapioca balls or Pearls. They are available in a variety of flavors, sizes, and chewiness levels. If you have never had bubble tea before, ask for ‘Tapioca’ or ‘Boba’ as your topping.

What is Bubble Tea?

Bubble tea, also known as boba tea or pearl milk tea, is a popular Taiwanese drink that typically consists of a tea base (often black tea or green tea), milk, sweetener (such as sugar or honey), and chewy tapioca pearls or other toppings (such as fruit jelly, aloe vera, or fruit bits). The drink is often served cold, and is shaken or stirred to mix the ingredients and create a frothy texture.

The tapioca pearls or other toppings are usually consumed through a wide straw, which allows the drinker to enjoy both the tea and the chewy, flavorful pearls or toppings. Bubble tea has become a popular drink around the world and is available in many different variations and flavors.


What are the bubbles called in bubble tea?

There are quite a few names for the bubbles or bobas in bubble tea. Depending on where you live, they’re called Tapioca, Tapioca Pearls, Pearls, Boba, Boba Pearls, or Boba Balls. For example, in India Boba or Tapioca Pearls is more common, whereas in USA you would ask for Boba Pearls or Tapioca Pearls.

Don’t worry about getting the naming right. When you visit a boba shop you’ll see the toppings called out. Most bubble tea shop are also familiar with all the different names. You’ll be understood either way!

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What are the bubbles in bubble tea made of ?

The bubbles in bubble tea (called Tapioca) are made from Tapioca starch. Tapioca starch looks like a white flour and is extracted from the cassava root plant. Traditional versions of tapioca balls made from native starch sources like palm hearts or glutinous rice include pearl sago, landang, and kaong.

The introduction of cassava from South America during the colonial era added another starch source to Southeast Asian cuisine, resulting in cassava-based versions of Southeast Asian dishes that were formerly made from native starch sources. Among these are tapioca pearls, which originated as a cheaper alternative to pearl sago. They are virtually indistinguishable in taste and can be used interchangeably.

What do the bubbles taste like?

The bobas in bubble tea are chewy and mildly sweet in flavor. They are usually soaked in syrup to give them flavor, or take on the flavor of the drink they’re in. So why eat bubbles if they have a mild flavor? Because of the texture and chewiness!

Most people enjoy the tapioca in their bubble tea because they add a unique, chewy texture to their drink. They are soft, chewy, and complement most milk tea drinks well!

How can I make the Boba in bubble tea?

Preparing the Boba for bubble tea at home is easy! You’ll need Raw boba, a large dish and hot water. Don’t have access to Raw Boba? Don’t worry! You can buy Boba/ tapioca pearls that can be ready in minutes from us here.

We believe in using the best quality ingredients to consistently serve our customers with a delicious range of drinks that have not only been created with utmost care, but also with the sharpest appearance.

You can also read about Matcha and Taro from our blog sections.

You can buy Boba/ tapioca pearls that can be ready in minutes from us here.

You can shop our Bubble Tea or Boba (in Bengaluru) from www.airmenus.in/bobatime.

You can also buy Boba Time products from SwiggyZomato, Amazon Food and MagicPin.

For any bulk inquiries call on +91 9769001968 or email bobatime.in@gmail.com.


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