How about a refreshing cup of bubble tea? The neighbourhood fix for Richmond enthusiasts is the health-conscious Healthy Cup, satisfying their guilty pleasure. But not SO much guilt! With the cold sweet drinks, you can taste natural fruits.
Bubble tea, also known as bobba tea or pearl tea, has its roots in Taiwanese tea culture. Traditional ways evolved to be combined with dessert to satisfy those with a sweet tooth, and variations grew into myriad flavours and types. One glance at Healthy Cup's menu will make you realise that mix & matching the different layers to your own liking is serious business.
Here is a little guide.
First of all, bubble tea is generally either milk or fruit based. For milk tea, the menu lists black tea, green tea, sesame, coconut, strawberry, chocolate, coffee, and so on. Not all listed as tea are technically tea, but they are like it in that each sip is treasured and to be enjoyed over time. Milk tea can be made hot, as well as cold.
If milk tea is not enough, there are also fruit blends with even more extensive options, including mango, peach, kiwi, lychee, and many more. Fruit teas are always served cold. Ask to make it slushy, just like a Slurpy, if you want to offset the summer heat.
Second, bubble tea drinkers are faced with the difficult choice to drop either tapioca pearls or jelly (or nothing at all) in their drink. Pearls are chewy dark balls, and jellies are rectangular cut-outs which are refreshing and sweet, with a texture similar to a hard, condensed Jell-O. Jelly goes well with fruity flavours while tapioca is enjoyed with anything, but note that the little dark balls have established a certain reputation as an acquired taste amongst some first -timers.