I admitted; I love Bubble Tea. It is one of the best creations coming from Taiwan. You may have tried in many Asian stores around where you are. I can only tell you one thing. They are too sweet and most of the time, they don't even use "real" tea.
Welcome to Chun Shui Tang (春水堂). The founder, Liu Han-Chieh, first came up with the idea of serving Chinese tea cold in the early 1980s after visiting Japan where he saw coffee served cold. Then, in 1988, his product development manager, Ms. Lin Hsiu Hui, was sitting in a staff meeting and had brought with her a typical Taiwanese dessert called fen yuan, a sweetened tapioca pudding. Just for fun she poured the tapioca balls into her Assam iced tea and drank it. Today, bubble tea shops occupy nearly every corner of Taiwan’s streets. They spread to neighboring countries like Japan, South Korea and China and then to the rest of the world. Unfortunately, Lin did not trademarked the product. Much like Sriracha sauce from my hometown, Sriracha, in the Eastern part of Thailand invented Sriracha sauce without trademarked them.
Their bubble teas are made to order and are usually shaken, not blended as in other shops. Unlike many stores in the US, they use real tea instead of powdered tea which I suspected there was no tea added at all (and full of sugar or corn syrup).
I ordered Mango & Ginger bubble tea which was a new item on the menu. Perhaps, I was sort of sick due to lack of rest during this trip and caught cold. My apology. So my taste bud didn't work well.
Anyhow, if you have never tried it before, I suggested you try it once. It is interesting texture and fun to drink (and of course, unnecessary high calories). See you next month!
Partly credited to:http://travel.cnn.com/explorations/drink/inventor-bubble-tea-885732/
Disclaimer: We are not associated with any local or oversea tea organization.
Staff at Great Tea Road Co