Bubble tea (also known as pearl milk tea, bubble milk tea, tapioca milk tea, boba tea, or boba; Chinese: 珍珠奶茶；is a tea-based drink that originated in China in the early 1980s. Bubble tea is a cold drink typically made with black tea, milk, some type of sweetener like sugar, ice and the famous “bubbles”, which are tapioca pearls. These pearls, which are also known as boba, are small, chewy and made from a starchy substance called tapioca which comes from the cassava plant.
Chinese immigrants brought it to the United States in the 1990s, initially in California, and then the drink also spread to other countries with large Asian diaspora populations. Bubble Milk Tea arrived the shores of Nigeria in 2021, and IBACHI – Ibadan Chinese Restaurant is now pleased to acquaint Ibadanland with Bubble Milk Tea.