In the Philippines, food trends come and go. But when something catches the attention of the public, you know that it’s there to stay. For a long time. Two years ago, Japanese ramen was the in thing, followed by the Salted Egg fever, then recently, the rise of the unlimited Korean barbecue, or samgyupsal. And on the second half of 2019, we see another returning champion: bubble tea.
Bubble Tea is the answer to the country’s ever-constant hot weather—a refreshing and cooling indulgence or something to satisfy the cravings of a sweet tooth. While most of the players feature imports from Taiwan, a few local brands were created to add some flair in the playing field. And with so many options to choose from, what else can a milk tea shop do if not add a unique gimmick of their own?
From color-changing milk teas to brown sugar variants, homemade pearls and cream cheese-topped drinks, there’s just so many things that you can do with tea, boba, milk or even fruit in your restaurant or as fresh idea to open up new business venture. Here, we use Lipton Tea to explore different bubble tea recipes that you can get started on your menu:
Some people are lactose intolerant, but that doesn’t stop them from indulging in milk tea. Save them a trip to the toilet by replacing the full cream milk with alternatives like soy milk, cashew milk or even the local coconut milk. Their stomachs can rest easy, and vegans can finally enjoy this creamy goodness in peace.
Add a bit of flair to your drink by mixing in some booze. From Kahlua to Irish cream or even liqueur, tequila and more, you can make a classic bubble tea into something for adults only.
Can’t choose between tea or coffee? Why not both? Add a splash of espresso in the creation of bubble tea for that extra kick, this ensure your customer to be energized after each sip they take. And if you think your customer want even more coffee, you can swap out the tapioca pearls for some coffee jelly. (Bonus: you can even add in some coffee liqueur if you want something fun).
Take a trip down memory lane by mixing in some childhood chocolates and candies or even fruits in the milk tea. Try crushing cereal and mixing it in or using syrups and melted candies to recreate that familiar taste from way back then.
Bonus points if you can integrate local delicacies or fruits in your bubble tea in order to make it into something Philippine-exclusive.
Who says that bubble tea can only be drunk? Switch things up by turning it into an ice cream (your choice of soft-serve or in a pint) and top it off with some pearls. It’s rich and creamy—an overall different and fun way for guest to enjoy your bubble tea.
Milk Tea is a versatile drink that can be customized in so many ways. For a more consistent in quality tea flavour and proportion, you also can use Lipton Pouch Teabags as for the tea base. All it takes is a creative mind, a wildcard flavour, and a picture-perfect setup to really shake things up.