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Bubble Tea in South Korea

It’s getting warmer in South Korea. It seems as if we will have an early summer. Today, before heading to my Korean language class, I had a sudden craving for 팥빙수 (patbingsushaved ice dessert similar to halo-halo in the Philippines), but I couldn’t find any coffee shop or a restaurant that sells it near the center, so I opted for a cold drink instead. I saw some girls enjoying their bubble tea, so I also got me one.

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There are a number of bubble tea kiosks in Gangnam station. 365CHA is one of them.

Bubble tea is a tea-based drink that originated from Taiwan. It is also called pearl milk tea, because it comes with chewy tapioca pearls. In the Philippines, we call it Zagu or pearl shake. Other names include boba drink or boba ice tea, boba nai cha or zhen zhou nai cha (in Chinese), black pearl tea, tapioca ball drink, BBT (short for Bubble Tea) and PMT (short for pearl milk tea).

Bubble tea can be fruit-flavored or mixed with milk. Some shops have the fruit-milk tea, so you can enjoy both blends. =)

Here in SK, they have hot bubble tea. In the Philippines, we have only cold bubble tea. I don’t like plain hot or with ice. I prefer smoothie. It’s very refreshing. ^^

In my country, bubble tea or Zagu, as we call it, costs around 40 to 60 PHP (1082 to 1623 KRW) (97 cents to 1.46 USD) depending on the size and flavor. Here in SK, it’s triple the price or more for a small cup!

So many flavors to choose from... Uhm, what shall I order? ^^

So many flavors to choose from… Uhm, what shall I order? ^^

I have tried caramel, chocolate and taro bubble tea before, but they didn’t please my palate, so today my choice was blueberry yogurt bubble tea smoothie. I love blueberry-flavored drinks! ^^

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My choice wasn’t so bad, but I prefer the taste of Zagu. Philippine bubble tea is sweeter, richer and has more tapioca pearls.

Perhaps, I’ll try another flavor one of these days.

Have you tried bubble tea? What is your favorite flavor?


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It’s Tea Time! ^^

After dinner, I fix myself a cup of tea. It’s part of my daily ritual. In fact, while writing this post, I take little breaks by drinking a cup of hot Yerba Mate tea. Even when I was in the Philippines, I would drink green tea or Lipton tea, especially when I ate too much fatty food, but it is in Korea that I have really enjoyed tea drinking. There are many different kinds of tea here that are not only proven to be beneficial for one’s health, but also taste good

Last 설날 (Seollal or Lunar New Year in SK), one of my husband’s relatives who came to the house brought us a set of tea. Two of the tea are my favorite flavors: 율무차 (Job’s tears tea) and 대추 차 (jujube tea). Job’s tears tea is known to treat allergies and endocrine disorders. It also helps reduce cholesterol level and aids in weight loss. Research shows that it helps prevent cancer and osteoporosis. I like Job’s tears with almonds and walnuts. It’s not bland like the ordinary Job’s tears tea. I usually buy the one from Homeplus. It’s not too expensive (4,350원) but it’s delicious. (Good thing my husband’s relative gave us the same brand of Job’s tears tea that I always buy. ^^)

When my laryngitis is killing me or whenever I have a cold or flu, my Omonim makes Jujube tea for me. It’s not as sweet as instant or powdered jujube tea, but it really works. (If you want to know how to prepare different kinds of tea, try to visit the site called Enjoying TeaI’ve already tried making some of the them. They are quite simple to make. ^^) Aside from providing sore throat, cold and flu relief, jujube tea also soothes anxiety and stress. Every time my DSPS strikes, I drink natural jujube tea to help me sleep. Jujube tea acts as a natural sedative. It can be used as a detoxifier and a healthful sweetener, too. Just like Job’s tears tea, jujube tea may also help prevent cancer.

According to studies, drinking tea every day is very good for the body. It is not only rich in antioxidants that prevent aging and various diseases, but is also great for relaxation.  (Read about the Top 10 Health Benefits of Drinking Tea for more information.)

If you would like to know more about Korean tea, check out The World Of Korean Tea and find out which one suits your taste.