We’ve heard this question before, and we figured it was time to answer it. But first: what exactly IS bubble tea, and why have people been going crazy for it?
According to Mic.com, it’s a “drink that features a base made from tea, fruit, coffee or milk and chewy ‘pearls’ at the bottom of the cup.”
The pearls are called boba, and they’re actually balls of tapioca. Tapioca is a starch extracted from cassava root that’s naturally gluten-free and typically made into flour, according to the Huffington Post.
The drink comes from Taiwan, where it can be found virtually everywhere. In Dayton, it’s a little less common, but here are a few places to try it.
3464 Pentagon Blvd. C, Dayton
According to their Facebook page, they have six flavors to choose from: Strawberry, Mango, Peach, Passion Fruit, Taro, and Matcha Green Tea.
1105 Brown St., Dayton
There is a delicious-sounding Brown Sugar Bubble Tea on their menu, which sounds like a dessert itself. (Bonus beverage: they also serve Aloe Vera Juice.)
8990 Kingsridge Drive, Dayton
According to their website, they serve a milky bubble tea (which is also called “boba tea”) in a "huge assortment of flavors.”
4474 Glengarry Drive Beavercreek
One of the area’s newest Vietnamese restaurants offers bubble tea in a variety of flavors including milk tea, strawberry, mango, pineapple, taro, honeydew, green tea and Thai tea for $4.75.
Dayton now has a bubble tea truck! Billie Gold Bubble Tea offers a variety of bubble-tea beverages, including a signature drink called the Rose Gold, described in a release as “a sweet and refreshing coconut milk tea” with rose, tapioca balls and cold-brew coffee from Press coffee shop in Dayton.
Did we miss any places in Dayton that serve bubble tea? Drop us a line and let us know: email@example.com.