Ahead of the Chinese New Year tomorrow, we thought it would only be appropriate to take a trip to the best Bubble tea seller in town. For regular Quaker Friar passers by, the CUPP container is plonked right next to Carluccio and opposite the Apple store. It’s a container so for me this is pretty unique to Bristol and it’s markets or in-pub residencies, and what’s more, it’s main man Lee is constantly looking for avenues of expansion. When we popped by they were preparing for the Chinese New Year with a special promotion which I think may end up in another impromptu trip to try a different flavour.
2014 is the year of the horse according to the Chinese zodiac, for those born in the year of the horse they tend to talk too much, clever, kind to others and refuse to be reconciled to failure. I was born in the year of the horse, and I agree with about half of these. The associated symbol is fire which leads to fiery prospects in 2014.
For the bubble tea novice, why have you not tried it sooner? It’s alternative name is ‘pearl tea’, the whole concept was born in Taiwan and has taken the world by storm. You can either order a milk based tea or a fruit based tea, it can be served hot or cold, with bubbles or without bubbles – but who would NOT want bubbles? The bubbles consist of tapioca and are soft and jelly like in consistency and these fall to the bottom of the cup. The cup is sealed with cellophane leaving you with a clear plastic cup mixing up the tapioca. It’s light and refreshing and something different to your bog standard milkshake or take out coffee. It also suppressed our appetite slightly, but the health benefits associated with my option : Milk almond tea with tapioca balls pushes it up to an alleged 300 kcal (my source)
I’ve secured myself a loyalty card so we will definitely be checking in again. Tomorrow lunch I will be popping to my favourite Chinese supermarket in Nelson St to see what crazy shenanigans are going on.