If you follow me on Instagram, you'll see my occasional posts about boba, or bubble tea or tapioca pearls as other people may call it. It is the starch from the cassava plant and is most commonly found in milk-based teas and smoothies.
At first glance (or taste), the concept of boba is disgusting and many people don't like it at first, but it is usually because most of us aren't used to drinking drinks with stuff in it. On top of that, boba is really chewy as well, which throws people off. However, I can assure you that if you drink it enough, you will grow to like it!
|My family LOVES boba!|
Popular boba drinks: The most popular are the milk tea type of drinks. The two most common ones that I've seen and heard and that are at most places that serve boba (and even at places that don't specialize in boba) are Thai Tea and Milk Tea / Black Milk Tea /Earl Grey Milk Tea (but the tea isn't black or gray, it's pictured above). There are also smoothies for those that don't like the teas, but I highly suggest trying at least one of the tea drinks (there are more than just those two I mentioned) before going to the familiar smoothies.
|Milk tea is my fave.|
If you aren't sure where to find a boba place, go to any location that has a heavy population of Asian people/Asian restaurants. Chances are, at least one place will have it. Boba originated in Taiwan, which is why it is so heavily associated with Asians/Asian-Americans.
I'm not too sure about other Asian cultures, but I know that Filipinos have their own version of boba and boba drinks, and for us, we call it sago (sah-go). I don't mind sago, but I would much rather prefer the Taiwanese version of boba.
Yum. Talking about all this boba is making me want some.
Have you tried boba before? What's your favorite drink?