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Hey everyone! Today I embarked on a journey. A journey best found in Richmond, BC. A journey in search of the fabled, Bubble Tea. What is Bubble Tea you ask? Before today, I had no idea either, but I was repeatedly assured by many of my friends (particularly the Asian ones) that it is the closest thing to drinking pure euphoric rainbows mixed with sugar you can get. Interesting I thought, this is something I’d like to try. I made the arrangements, and soon found myself in Lansdowne Centre, one of our giant malls, sipping my own Bubble Tea at ‘Fair Bee Coffee & Tea’. The results….
Fair Bee Coffee & Tea Googlemap:
Firstly, you need to know that Bubble Tea (or Foam Tea) is a sweetly flavoured tea beverage invented in Taiwan and is not for everyone. Of the people I’ve talked to, about half love it and half hate it, largely due to its texture. I’m happy to report that I’m one of the people who like it, though I can see why many people don’t. Bubble tea normally contains a tea base mixed with fruit (or fruit syrup) and usually milk, though there are ice-blended versions as well. I know what you’re thinking. It’s JUST a milkshake, right? Wrong. The thing that makes Bubble Tea unique is that it usually contains small tapioca balls or pearls called “boba” in the bottom of the drink. These are shaken in the tea to mix the ingredients and are what creates the foam and bubbles, hence the name.
While at Fair Bees, I was given a matcha green tea flavoured bubble tea. (Finely milled Japanese green tea) The only way I can describe it is that of a milkshake with marshmallows in it. I love milkshakes, and I love marshmallows, so the drink was tasty for me. What turns a lot of people off is the squishy, chewy texture of the tapioca, though I found it quite the opposite. I liked how it added a little roughage to the drink, and made it much more interesting to consume. The tapioca itself tasted great and is actually very filling!
There is no doubt that bubble tea is a unique drink. It comes in a MULTITUDE of flavours and is extremely popular throughout the city of Richmond. If you’re looking for a unique spin on the popular fruit milkshake, give one a try! Just remember to chew the tapioca pearls and not simply swallow them! =D
P.S. Special thanks goes out to my friend Vanessa Ng for sharing her knowledge on Bubble Tea and helping out with the video this week!