I’ll never forget the first time I drank bubble tea, also known as Boba, or pearl tea.
It was a warm day in Hawaii and a friend offered it to me. I didn’t notice the black tapioca balls. If I did, I might have been a little cautious. I did notice however, the huge straw and took a huge sip under my friend’s watchful eye and devious grin. I was not expecting huge gelatin balls to be in the drink. Yes, I was surprised. I did not know what was going on. I coughed and gagged. I glared at my friend, who was now laughing. I looked at the drink and noticed that in the cup were balls of black tapioca. Of course, I had no idea what they were then. But ever since that day, I’ve been a lover of bubble tea. Hard to believe it has almost been twenty years.
For those of you who don’t know what bubble tea is, it’s a drink that was invented in Taiwan in the 1980s. It was originally tea-based, but now they can be made out of fruits, milk, or coffee. They come with chewy tapioca balls. I’ve also had them in smoothies and slushies, but the original ones are drinks with tapioca balls. However, these tapioca balls are a choking hazard and I always keep a close eye on my little sons when they are drinking bubble teas.
While in Chatan one day, I came across Tapioca World and since I love tapioca in any form, I had to see what they offered. You can have bubble tea with whipped ream, slushies, tea with milk, regular tea, fresh juice, or flavored milk. The flavored milk came in chocolate, caramel, green tea, and strawberry flavors. You then choose the dark tapioca balls or the colored tapioca. In addition to the many ways you could order bubble tea, they also offered delicious crepes to go along with the drinks.
If you have never tasted bubble tea, I encourage you to go to Tapioca World in Chatan and give it a try! You may come to love it as much as I do! Or if not, you can say you had a new experience.
Directions: Tapioca World is located on the second floor of the Ferris Wheel shopping center, in the center of American Village, right next to Partyland. To get to American Village, simply exit Camp Lester, drive across 58, and look for the Ferris Wheel.
Okinawa Hai website