Trà Sữa Trân Châu = Bubble Tea?

Trà Sữa Trân Châu is a colorful fruity kiddie drink.  It seems to be kind of pricey compared to things like iced tea and sugar cane juice. Also, many consumers may consider it to be quite artificial. One of the ingredients is a gummy-bear-like fruit gelatin or tapioca-based gel. Other ingredients include ice, real fruit, and some kind of milk or malt and/or tea. i like fruity drinks in general, so i thought i would like it. it was okay, but i think there are better fruity things to drink or eat that are more natural and cheaper. you still might decide you want to try it… especially if you are gummy-bear fan 😉

What i tried i would hardly call “bubble tea”.  it didnt taste like tea (even if that was one of the ingredients).  it was much closer to a milk-shake with ice and gummy bears added.  it seems like there are different types of Trà Sữa Trân Châu which would explain why it might be called bubble tea.  it seems the bubbles are the globules of soft gummy-bear-like tapioca-esque thingies.  one of the ingredients in those gels is citric acid  they probably use a lot of chemicals like those used in candies around the world.  if you want more info, go to wikipedia.  if you don’t know vietnamese,  then plug in a translator to it.  i suggest google chrome.

Here is a link to a vietnamese TV report dealing with this product:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4h4W5b0Tcg

here are some pics i took of the stand in D4 in Saigon:

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About Glenn Zen

Musician (Vocalist/MC), Whippet-Breeder/Trainer, vegetarian, presently living in Poland. Other residencies: California, Texas, Maryland, Delaware, VietNam.

Posted on June 4, 2011, in District 4, SaiGon, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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