This Taiwan-originated tea is more than a drink; it's an attitude and a lifestyle.
The pearl tea recipes generally contain a tea base, mixed/shaken with fruit or milk. Chewy tapioca balls and/or fruit jellies are often added into the drink. The larger-variety of tapioca balls in the drink, nicknamed bb (波霸), is slang for "large breasts", and sounds much like "bubble." The drink's unique taste and texture quickly won over a large following. It also facilitated the development of leisure drink culture in Taiwan; many variants of the drink emerged as a result to redefine the country's tea culture.