Friends, I am sick sick sick, barely able to think let alone type. The most enjoyable moments of the past few days in bed have been whenever it involves ice-cream or frozen yogurt, soothing my throat and sinuses, or when I'm in the shower & soak so long I actually don't feel sick. I wish that someone was available to fly up to NYC and bring me back some of my favorite: bubble tea.
Bubble tea, also known as pearl milk tea, boba milk tea, or boba is a Taiwanese tea-based drink invented in tea shops in Taichung, Taiwan, during the 1980s. Most bubble tea recipes contain a tea base mixed with fruit or milk. Ice-blended versions are usually mixed with fruit or syrup, resulting in a slushy consistency. Most bubble teas come with small chewy tapioca balls (粉圓, fěnyuán), commonly called "pearls" (珍珠, zhēnzhū) or "boba" (波霸, bōbà).
My favorite flavor is Tarot (which is actually a sweet potato), but almond is delicious as well. Unfortunately, Charleston has not jumped on the bubble tea train yet...though you can buy a semi-bubbly milkshake type version downtown at Caviar and Bananas. Someone, take me to Chinatown, or atleast take away this cold. or both.