Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Bubble Tea at Formosan Tea Bar, Oxford

Blink and you'll miss the entrance to the alleyway where Formosan Tea Bar is hidden. So next time you're walking up Oxford's High Street keep them peeled so you don't miss it. I'd heard about Formosan over Twitter and on the internet generally, and decided that as I had never tried bubble tea, this was a good place to start. 

After we ordered, we watched our teas being sweetened, iced and then shook - and then finally sealed with a layer of plastic. A chunky, over-sized straw was popped into the top and off we went to try them out. 


Black tea and green tea bubble tea at Formosan in Oxford

Although the lady at the counter told us that black tea was their best seller, the green tea was tasty, fragrant and really refreshing. The teas were sweet and milky and of course topped (or, rather, bottomed) with a layer of black tapioca balls, which you suck up through the plastic straw. She told us the tapioca itself had no real flavour, it was the flavour of the tea that you went for. And the tapioca was chewy and filling - and not slimey or off-putting at all. 

One thing you do have to do with bubble tea is ration the quantity of your tea to your tapioca balls. To start with, I started drinking back the tea and then found I had a pile of tapioca balls to chew through at the end. Not the end of the world at all, but just better if you eat them as you go along. I loved bubble tea - it was satisfying and I'd happily go back again, especially on a hot day. In fact, on a hot day I'd make the trip into Oxford especially. 

Have you tried bubble tea? Where do you go for yours?