what is boba?
You might be wondering what the round and chewy pearl like gummies are at the bottom of your Boba tea drink. These gummy pearls are called Boba and make Boba well Boba! They are made from tapioca flour, grounded from the cassava root. Boba is also known as tapioca pearls, and they can make the tea bubbly – which is where Boba tea gets it’s name – it’s bubbly tea!
Boba was first offered by Chun Shui Tang, a teahouse in in Taichung, Taiwan owned by Liu Han Chie. Liu Han Chie started offering iced tea in the early ‘80s after seeing iced coffee being served in Japan. Then in the late 80s, the story goes that Lui Han Chie’s product manager, Ms. Lin Hsiu Hui dropped some tapioca balls into her Assam iced tea just for fun and Boba tea was born. But it didn’t become available in the United States until 2000, when Alan Yu and Marin Cheng opened their first Boba shop in San Gabriel California.
After Yu and Cheng opened their first Boba Shop, Boba took off and became very popular, It is now available in cafes, restaurants, and more across the country.
Kiyoshi Ramen ‘n’ more proudly serves blended Boba drinks in 25+ flavors. In our Boba drinks, we use the traditional Boba (Tapioca pearls) and we also use Busting Boba.
Busting Boba, or popping pearls, are made from seaweed extract and filled with fruit juice. They burst when bitten into to add extra flavor to any boba drink.
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