bubble tea

noun

Definition of bubble tea

:a sweet drink of Taiwanese origin that in its basic form consists of tea mixed typically with milk or fruit syrup and small balls of tapioca
  • Cross the street and enter Ten Ren Tea … for a cup of bubble tea. An Asian drink made of tea and tapioca, it can be served hot or cold.
  • —Tamara BestNew York Sunday Times22 Nov. 2009
  • Bubble tea originated in Taiwan and in the past decade has become a favorite Chinese treat. Imagine a spoonful of pea-sized round tapioca “pearls” mixed with tea, milk, or juice in many delicious combinations.
  • —Ellen FreudenheimQueens: What To Do, Where To Go (And How Not To Get Lost) In New York's Undiscovered Borough2006

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First Known Use of bubble tea

1993


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