Definition of bubble tea in US English:

bubble tea


  • A cold, frothy drink made with iced tea, sweetened milk or other flavorings, and usually with sweet black balls or “pearls” made from tapioca.

    Also called boba tea, pearl tea
    • ‘Something to drink next - how about a bubble tea from Green Tea Cafe?’
    • ‘The pearls used in bubble tea are about the size of a pea.’
    • ‘Also known as bubble tea or pearl tea, boba is made from black tea, condensed milk and large tapioca balls, which are sipped through a jumbo straw - a rather addictive activity.’
    • ‘And the bubble tea craze among Asians has expanded in cities where significant Chinese populations have given mixed tea sales a boost.’
    • ‘Once inside, pick a table, then order a red, green or fruit bubble tea - another Taiwanese specialty - to wash it all down.’
    • ‘Then I went to my favorite Malaysian restaurant for a bowl of curry mee with young tau foo, then to Ten Ren for a taro root bubble tea.’
    • ‘This isn't a movie you contemplate thoughtfully and have civilized discussions about while sipping bubble tea.’
    • ‘The beverage, also known as bubble tea, consists of ‘pearls’ of black, gummy, tapioca balls that float in a mixture of sweetened iced tea.’
    • ‘We'd sit in store front Thai noodle houses, eating Pad Thai, and drinking mango bubble tea with wide pink and green straws that sucked up the tapioca balls at the bottom.’
    • ‘Then it was off to Chinatown where we ate a breakfast of pastries and bubble tea at Taipan bakery; Red admitted this was the first time she had tried eating there without a friend who spoke the language.’
    • ‘Here's a tip: don't have a large honeydew bubble tea (with pearls) and follow it up with beer and pizza.’
    • ‘‘We're here to drink bubble tea and we won't hurt anyone,’ he said in Cantonese.’
    • ‘Pilon recommends the following meal for first-time goers: a small taro or honeydew milk bubble tea, pork and shrimp or vegetarian dumplings with a dessert of succulent sponge toast or green tea ice cream.’
    • ‘Rain or shine, hot or cold, grab a coffee or a bubble tea and enjoy the stroll.’
    • ‘Occupying a second-floor space in Chinatown, this Internet café is a treasure trove of bubble tea, a dessert-drink-sugar-fix made popular by the teen set in Taiwan in the 1980s.’
    • ‘In fact, Hong Kong cooking is a sort of amalgam of West and East, so you can get spaghetti and meatballs as well as handmade noodles with snow cabbage and shredded duck along with bubble tea all under one roof.’
    • ‘Get bubbly - If you have not tried bubble tea already then check it out ‘cause these specialty drinks are all the rage.’
    • ‘Boba, also known as bubble tea, trickled into the West's teahouses several years ago after taking hold in Taiwan in the 1980s as the beverage of choice among young professionals.’
    • ‘‘This is the only place in town that sells bubble tea,’ he replied.’
    • ‘According to several websites specially dedicated to the love of bubble tea, the drink originates from Taiwan and the trend soon spread to other Asian countries, including Japan.’