First, an apology. I’m sorry for giving you yet another dessert with bubbles and ruining a perfectly traditional Italian dessert. I say this like most other people apologizing, that is, without a twinge of regret. This bubble tea + ice cream mix turned out even more delicious than normal affogato and anything with bubbles and tea has my full 110% support and fully trumps every other dessert.
My fondness for bubble tea comes not from French class where somebody comes in nearly every day with a cup, but from the few months I spent in China. There, my mom and I would go out late night shopping (for those of you who haven’t experienced the night life in China, let’s just say it’s very bright) where I would complain for hours about how much I despised shopping (clearly, I am an excellent person to take shopping with you). Our most frequent destination was a big department kind of store with about 5-6 stories and huge escalators (because China has a lot of people 😛 ). The first floor didn’t even have anything related to the store –it was more of a “snacks” place, which of course became my favorite space in the entire store because who cares about dresses and random other pieces of stuff when there was FOOD? Needless to say, the bubble tea booth became my favorite and I don’t think it’s necessary to say how many times I asked my mom to go “shopping” at that particular stall.
The bubble tea that came out was always in a plastic cup that was going soft because of the hot liquid along with a thick brightly colored straw. One would have to drink it very carefully to avoid getting burned by the milky sweet tea but drink enough to actually get the bubbles. For some odd reason, I never bothered to try any of the other flavors so now I’m bound loyally to my dear milk “flavor.” 😛
While I’ve never quite came across a bubble tea –ice cream –affogato stand in China, this version is absolutely wonderful during the summer (although, ici, our weather is nothing like summer). Melty sweet ice cream combined with flavorful black tea forms one of the dreamiest milk teas and with impossibly chewy bubbles, it becomes the most amazing combination.
// Good luck to all those taking AP exams this week and next!
// I’m so sorry my posts have been so irregular lately… I have exams –sorry!
Bubble Tea Affogato
- boba prepared according to package (I leave them soaking in a 2:1 sugar:water bath for ~2 hours)
- black tea
- ice cream
Place two scoops of ice cream in a cup and pour over some tea. Spoon on the boba.
P.S. It’s quite good refrozen too.