Day 2 of our house swapping Grand Adventure saw us in Leamington Spa, purchasing Ruaridh’s birthday iPod Touch. As such, we were frequenting a shopping mall, when we passed this tea stall, Chah. We were first enticed because they offered free WiFi and organic tea and coffee but we were soon doing a wee happy dance when we discovered they also offered bubble tea.
We hadn’t seen bubble tea since we were last in Vancouver. Haven’t come across it yet? Bubble tea was invented in Taiwan. The variety we were familiar with was iced green tea, flavoured with a fruit syrup. The bubbles? Well that comes from tapioca pearls which float about and are sooked up using stupidly big straws. Obviously, we love it for its sheer novelty factor – we wouldn’t usually demand gelatinous balls of tapioca in our drinks!
The Mandarin speaking owner of Chah had lived in Taiwan for some time and is passionate about tea and assured us that his bubble tea was exactly as it tastes there. This variety is milky tea, served with a flavoured syrup (chocolate, mint, almond … you get the picture), iced and satisfyingly resplendent with tapioca perals.
Such a novelty and bringing back memories of a happy trip to Vancouver, we were thrilled with our bubblelicious tea.
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