People buying bubble tea at Gong Cha bubble tea shop in Hong Kong. Photo: Nora Tam

Eat Drink Asia: The bubble tea success story

  • Created in Taiwan in the 1980s, bubble tea is a mix of milk tea, tapioca pearls, and syrup
  • It spread through Asia, gaining popularity and then exploded across the United States
Topic |   Eat Drink Asia Podcast

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People buying bubble tea at Gong Cha bubble tea shop in Hong Kong. Photo: Nora Tam
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Yang Yang

Yang Yang

Before joining the Post in 2019, Yang was a TV producer and editor for 2M Media Group in Washington, where she produced mini-documentaries and studio interviews.

Alkira Reinfrank

Alkira Reinfrank

Alkira is a production editor and journalist with the South China Morning Post where she specialises in multimedia storytelling for the Culture Desk. Before moving to Hong Kong, Alkira worked as a multiplatform reporter and digital producer with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC News) in Canberra.

Bernice Chan

Bernice Chan

Bernice Chan is a senior writer on the Culture desk. She samples more than her share of dishes around Hong Kong and writes about people and issues that make an impact on the city.