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What are the Key Components to Bubble Tea? 0
What are the key components to bubble tea?
Bubble tea is a unique drink with different layers of taste. You first start with a powder and syrups for flavoring. Powders contain a non-dairy creamer so when mixed with tea or water and/or ice a creamier slush will be produced.
You Can't Have Bubble Tea Without Fresh Tapioca 0
Fresh tapioca is key to any bubble drink. The tapioca is often referred to “pearls” and must be soaked well before cooking. While cooking they rehydrate by, absorbing water up to twice their volume. After rehydration, tapioca products become leathery and swollen. Processed tapioca is usually white, but sticks and pearls may be colored.
Jelly Toppings for Bubble Tea and Snow Ice Explained 0
What is jelly?
Contrary to popular belief these are not made out of gelatin. They are actually made from coconut meat, or konjar, a vegetable by product. They have been around for a long time within many Asian desserts and snacks. Recently they have been used as an alternative to tapioca for bubble tea.
Taiwanese Shaved Snow Ice 0
What is Taiwanese Shaved Snow Ice? And why is it so delicious?
Taiwanese Shaved Snow Ice, also known as snow cream, milk cream, snow fluff and shaved snow ice, has recently become a huge hit in Los Angeles with places like Blockheads, Class 302, and Kuma Snow. Before it became popular in Los Angeles it was popular in Hawai'i, but even before that, it originated sometime in the 1990s from a nightmarket stand in Taipei, Taiwan. Its original name in Chinese, xue hua bing, translates to "snowflake ice" due to its super fine crystal consistency. What makes snow ice so popular however, is its ability to balance the iciness with a creamy, almost gelato-like taste. The creator of Kuma Snow, Tira, said "it’s like eating snow and tasting ice cream".