Bubble Tea at Bubbleology
Bubble tea seems to be all the rage right now and bubble tea shops are popping up around London like mushrooms. So last weekend I decided to leave my cup of English breakfast tea for what it was and went to check out Bubbleology in Soho to see what the fuss was all about.
Bubble tea or pearl milk tea hails from Taiwan where it has been around since the 1980s. It's a hot or cold tea based drink with fruit flavours or with milk. The bubbles refer to the little tapioca balls that roll around the bottom of the cups.
Walking into ultra modern Bubbleology, I felt a bit overwhelmed by the choice of teas in the menu. Hot or cold? Milk or fruit? Flavoured jelly or popping boba? Luckily the bubble barista came to the rescue. He suggested a fruity tea and recommended a white peach and mango blend. He added tapioca balls and some lychee filled popping boba as well, sealed it up and my drink was ready.
Sitting down at one of the few tables, it took me a while to figure out how to push the straw in. I just copied two guys at the next table and managed to do it (simply hold it over the seal and give it a good bang till the seal pops).
To say that it tasted nice wouldn't do my bubble tea experience justice. Having bubble tea was a sensory feast for eyes and mouth; Not only were the colour combos of the tea and the tapioca bubbles eye poppingly bright, there were all kinds of weird things happening on my tongue. There were fruity flavours pleasing my tastebuds, chewy tapioca balls dancing on my tongue and boba bubbles popping and squirting out sweet fruit juice. It kind of like playing with an edible bubble-wrap; just as gratifying, but more tasty.
Who would've thought a drink could be so much fun and I can't wait to go and have one again. No more boring builders tea for me. I'm hooked.