What is Boba?


Boba comes in lots of different flavors.

The term chunky drink, may not sound appealing, but boba has become a go-to drink for not only people all over Asia, North America, and Europe but right here at PHS as well. Originating in Tawain, boba (or bubble tea) was first served by Liu-Han-Chien in the 1980s at his restaurant Chen Shui Tang Tea Shop in Tawain, but was not until recently that boba became a crazy trend worldwide, and especially in our own community.

Boba starts as simple tapioca balls or pearls as they are sometimes called, you may be more familiar with seeing them in tapioca pudding, than in a drink. Tapioca pearls are made from the starch found in the cassava plant in South America.  The tapioca pearls start out as white, hard, and tasteless, and then are boiled soaked in sugary caramelized syrup for hours until they have become the black, chewy tapioca pearls.

Most boba is made of black tea, milk, ice, flavoring, and chewy tapioca pearls, all shaken together and served with that famously fat straw to get the marbles of tapioca that are at the bottom of the cup.

There are many flavors for boba, from classic milk tea, Thai tea, taro bubble tea, and fruit tea. You can try boba here in town at The Chinese Food Factory down the street from the school, and at Town & Country Market among others.  

*Check out the video to see how to make boba.

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