Invented in Taichung in the 1980s, bubble tea is a sweet, often milky, tea with added tapioca pearls, usually served cold. Bubble teas are beyond popular in Taiwan. They are almost mandatory, and have gained quite a following around the world. I hadn't tried one yet because, as I explained in an earlier post, I didn't even drink tea before coming here and have only recently developed a taste for unsweetened, plain green tea. My Taiwanese friend ordered me a bubble tea and I was pleasantly surprised by how nice it was. But very, very sweet, almost like drinking a dessert.
My friend's little girl enjoyed hers, too.
Cha for Tea has an inviting menu, including lots of dumplings cooked imaginatively with tea. We had old favourites and new dishes I hadn't tried before.
Pork dumplings topped with shrimp.
Wonton soup. Deceptively delicious.
I like these pork soup dumplings so much. You tear open the pastry with your chopsticks to let the steam escape, then drink the soup and eat the dumpling.
Something I hadn't tried before was this tofu and ham.
Cha for Tea even has deep-fried tea leaves with wasabi powder to nibble.