November 18, 2009

Taipei – Giant Bubble Tea

What do you get when you put tapioca pearls into milk tea?  You will get what is known as bubble tea, one of the most popular drinks for Asian youths.  The whole phenomenon started in Taiwan.  This bubble tea drink has not diversified into many other teas as well as fruit juices.  There are lots of bubble tea joints in Vancouver but while in Taipei we had to visit this one called “Chun Sui Tong'” which loosely translates into Spring Water Place. 

This place claims to be the first to serve bubble tea sometime back in the mid 80’s.  Naturally we ordered the most basic bubble tea to compare with what we usually get in Vancouver.   We both ordered a large because we were thirsty.  The neat thing is that you can ask them to adjust the sweetness by percentage.  We asked for 80% sweetness.   When we received our order, both of our eyes bulged out because it was served in a gigantic cup!


Like other foods and beverages in Taiwan, the price was very very reasonable compared to Vancouver.  The tea was not very sweet though which made us wonder if the 80% meant that they would hold off 80% of the sugar?  Anyhow, the tapioca bubbles tasted really good with just the right degree of chewiness.  Too bad we can’t get bubble tea like this in Vancouver with Taiwan prices.  Overall, large value size, good bubbles but this one lacked sweetness.

SFDD gives 3.5 out of 5 Delights.

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