Posted by: Teacher Peter | February 8, 2010

Bubble Tea

At this point we know very little about the country that will be our home for one year starting on June 21st.

Apparently, Taiwan was “owned by” China, then Japan, then China before becoming it’s own self-governed country. It’s political situtaion is listed as “complicated” according to wikipedia–for whatever that’s worth.

Taiwan was called “Formosa” when it was governed by the Japanese. As a result of WWII, in 1945 it was given over to China. When the Republic of China (ROC) lost the Chinese civil war to the Communists, they retreated to, what is now, Taiwan.

Taiwan is also the birth place of BUBBLE TEA!

My wife and I are big fans of the sweet tapioca pearl drink!

Apparently, it all started in 1983 in a small tea shop in Taichung, Taiwan. A woman named Liu Han-Chieh, the owner of “Chun Shui Tang” , came up with the idea:

A young woman, the owner of “Chun Shui Tang”, opened up her stand for these children and started to sell her concoction of fruit and cold milk tea. Because of the sweet and cool taste of her drink, children started to swarm her stand every day after school. Soon, other concessions heard about her “unique” and popular tea, so they started to add flavoring to their teas. When adding flavor, the tea and flavoring needed to be shaken well for a good all around taste. This formed bubbles in the drink, which came to be known as “Bubble Tea.”


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