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16 February 2014 @ 08:02 pm
Learn something new every day!  
Bubble_TeaSo I always thought "boba" was a bastardization of "bubble", thus the phrase bubble tea**.

Turns out, not so much!
According to the Internets, bōbà is Chinese slang for large breasts.

Surely one of my authentic Chinese friends - meaning the kind that actually speak Chinese, not folks like me who only tap into their Chinese roots when ordering food or trying to finagle a li sei envelope at New Year's -  could have told me this.

** Boba/bubble tea, often commonly referred to as pearl tea, is a milk tea with balls of tapioca mixed in. They come in a wide variety of tea flavors, but popular variations include strawberry, peach, melon, lychee and taro.
moreteadk on March 9th, 2014 05:49 am (UTC)
There is (or possibly was) a small place who sold that here in Århus. Something about the guy having seen it in Berlin and taken the idea home with him. I haven't been passed there receently, but I've often considered trying one, just to see what it does. I can have tea with milk whenever, but what does the tapioca do? (What does that even taste like?)
Suzik00kaburra on March 9th, 2014 05:59 am (UTC)
The tapioca doesn't do anything to the actual tea, it's just an extra texture. Something chewy. They also make jelly and custard additives that you can drink, too.