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May 4, 2014 11:30 AM

Bubble Tea

Now that there is nicer weather I see a lot of people walking around the streets of NYC sipping bubble teas - you know, the ones with the big tapioca pearls in them.
Is there anywhere in the NYC area that I can get a kosher bubble tea? I'd like to try it. Googling recipes seems like there should be no problem with the actual ingredients unless somehow those tapioca balls had something in them.


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  1. The bubble tea craze seems to have petered out over the last several years. I recall seeing certified boba (tapioca pearls) 5 or 6 years ago. Can't recall where.

    1. A few years ago I bought a bag of large pearl tapioca at Mizrach u'Ma'arav at 47 Agrippas in Yerushalayim. They were not black, and I have never used them, but they look like they should be usable for this purpose. I know this won't help the OP looking for a place here in NYC, but perhaps it might help someone else who chances upon this thread.

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      1. re: queenscook

        Black color is not essential (although it makes for a nice contrast) I've seen them in a variety of colors.

      2. Ive seen it in Great Neck at the salad place

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        1. re: israelbound

          Which salad place? 27 Dressings? (@Israelbound)

          1. re: WheresTheFood

            27 Dressings under VHQ has bubble tea!

        2. A kosher juice bar on Kingston Avenue in CH used to make bubble tea. I don't know if that place is still around, though.

          This is one item that I'm pretty surprised there's a gap on. Maybe someone would like to fill in the gap and offer it in their estabishment?