20 June 2011
I'm a relative newcomer to the delights of bubble tea, having only first tasted it last year. However, I love the stuff and I've certainly been making up for lost time. Bubble tea originated in Taiwan in the 1980's and is essentially tea that contains large tapioca pearls. The sweet tea is served with a wide straw that allows you to suck up the moreish gelatinous pearls – a sort of drink/snack hybrid. Typically bubble tea is served cold, but you can also have it hot too.
Bubbleology is the brainchild of Assad Khan, an ex-banker, who on returning to London from New York wanted to recreate the bubble tea experience he had sampled over there. Khan quit the day job and opened Bubbleology in London's Soho in April 2011. The small café is playfully designed to look like some sort of laboratory, with staff wearing lab coats and large glass flasks containing brightly coloured liquids bubbling away by the window.
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