While in Ho Chi Minh City, I stopped by the Koicha Saigon Bubble Tea and Coffee store which opened in mid-November of 2015. It's a lovely teashop with a great range of options in both tea bases and toppings. I tried the sakura tea with snow pearls and was pleasantly suprised. At first, I assumed the translucent, white pearls were artificial tapioca or a type of coconut jelly. However, I discover from Koicha's website on this page that the topping is, in fact, a ultra-low calorie noodle called shirataki. Shirataki made from the konjac yam (aka elephant yam). See the Wikipedia entry HERE. The texture was somewhere between a typical black pearl and aloe jelly -- a better match for a light tea than the black pearls. Email me if you've seen this type of pearl elsewhere. Maybe some shops have tried a coloured version?
Snow (pearls) in Vietnam
newest blog entry
When Royaltea, a Chinese-based bubble tea chain, opens next to King Bao this summer, they'll introduce one of the trendiest beverages around to Orlando: cheese tea. It's really just sweet tea topped with a thick, gooey foam fashioned from cream cheese, milk (sometimes condensed) and whipped cream, and it's pushing boba to the fringes of teadom.
Read the full article HERE by Faiyaz Kara, Orlando Weekly