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Hit-Or-Miss Video

Watch Irish Folks Try Boba For The First Time

Bubble tea, also known as boba, comes in so many flavors and combinations that it may take a lifetime to try them all. In fact, fellow Foodbeast Molly, has an entire Instagram account dedicated to trying as many flavors of the bubble drink as she can.

In the latest Facts video, a group of Irish youths try various incarnations of the beloved drink. These feature either the staple black tapioca pearls or bursting pearls. This includes the original Honey Milk Tea, Pomegranate, blueberry, matcha, and mint.

While this is a typical Milk Tea Monday for our Orange County-based office, it’s fascinating to see other cultures experience something so common that we take it for granted here in California.

Check out their reactions to the popular Asian beverage in the video above.

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Hit-Or-Miss

Taiwan’s Light Bulb Bubble Tea Goes Viral After Using A Great Business Strategy

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Taiwan has unleashed a new bubble tea trend that employs the help of some actual “bobas”, known to be originally translated from the word “buxom ladies”.

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The bubble tea is served in light bulb shaped glasses, but it’s probably more about who is serving the tea that has netizens, particularly in Thailand, going crazy for it.

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I mean, it’s not like it takes an expert to copy the “hot worker” trend in Asia.

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It’s a solid, tried and true business strategy, but we are sure the bubble tea is good too.

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Written by NextShark || H/T: Shanghaiist

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Restaurants

An Outrageous Look At CPK Pizzas From Around The World Including Milk Tea Pizza

We’ve always had a deep appreciation for variations of popular food dishes made around the world. Whether it’s what burgers look like in different countries to what a culture’s go-to BBQ options are, the world is such a large place that we can only imagine what creative flavors are out there.

Dropping by California Pizza Kitchen’s test kitchen, we were given an exclusive look at what the pizza restaurant serves around the world.

After trying each, we’re pretty depressed they don’t serve these pizzas in the states. Novelty aside, they were that good. However, since CPK’s next chapter transformation (new menu, remodeling, custom drinks…) is taking place at 80 of its locations throughout the country, maybe there’s hope yet.

Seriously, that eel pizza though. We’ll be dreaming of that thing for years.

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Chorizo Pizza (Philippines)

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The pizza is made with a spicy chorizo and mozzarella cheese. It’s topped with sautéed red onions, shaved red & yellow peppers and scallions.

Roasted Pork Belly Pizza (China)

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Made with roasted pork belly, the dough is slathered with a hoisin-kale sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese. It’s topped with pickled mustard greens, glazed mushrooms and cilantro.

BBQ Eel Pizza (Japan)

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Using a creamy miso sauce base, the pizza is made with mozzarella cheese, Shiitake & King Trumpet Mushrooms, broccolini and slivered scallions. It’s topped with BBQ eel and an eel sauce drizzle.

Gambas Al Ajillo Pizza (Phillipines)

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Made with sweet shrimp that’s marinated with roasted garlic, smoked paprika and Cholula hot sauce, the Gambas Al Ajillo is eaten on a crispy flatbread.

Pearl Tapioca Milk Tea Pizza (Taiwan)

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The Milk Tea Pizza is created with a thin crust that’s been brushed with honey, the pizza is topped with a mascarpone black tea cream. It’s then topped with sliced banana, pineapple and caramel tapioca.

Peking Duck Pizza (China)

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Served on a thin crust, the pizza is based with a hoisin sauce. It’s topped with mozzarella cheese, honey glazed mushrooms and roasted duck tenderloins. Cucumbers, red jalapeños and slivered scallions are served on the side as add-ons.

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Fast Food

Panda Express Innovation Kitchen Now Shilling Boba, Orange Chicken Burritos

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In Pasadena, Calif., Chinese American fast food chain Panda Express is currently testing a trendy new concept that’s somehow Chipotle, Teavana, a mom and pop boba shop, and good ol’ fashioned Panda all at once.

Just opened last week, the Panda Express Innovation Kitchen looks like the love child of Panda Express and one of the newer, sleeker Starbucks-es. According to Los Angeles Magazine, there’s a tea bar serving up a bevy of hot or iced teas, fruit teas, milk teas, all the requisite add-ons like boba and egg pudding, as well as a Chipotle-esque assembly line that lets guests compose their own rice, chow mein, or salad bowls, or scallion pancake “burritos.”

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In case the name didn’t give it away, the key here is innovation, meaning nearly all Panda toppings are on the table, even, as LAMag illustrates, fried rice and Orange Chicken. Yes, in a “burrito.” Yes, like mothereffing Kogi Truck. Sure, you could just snooze it up with an Eggplant Tofu salad, but we doubt you’d be on this site if you would.

As of now, there’s no news of Panda Express 5.0 making its way outside of Pasadena, but it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea if it did.

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As for us, we’d like to order a Double Wide with Honey Walnut Shrimp and Orange Chicken and chow mein and fried rice and cream cheese rangoons. Washed down with an Orange Chicken milkshake, of course.

H/T + Picthx LAMag, Yelp

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Cravings

Ramen Bun Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Because Why Not?

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For all their lack of structural integrity (i.e., falling apart after five bites), it’s kind of hard to believe how many burgers and sandwiches use instant ramen bricks as buns. Still, Keizo Shimamoto’s summer 2013 brainchild, much like its hybrid cousin the Cronut, continues to go strong nearly a year later, spawning breakfast knock-offs and pork belly knock-offs and now, a grilled cheese knock-off, courtesy of blogger husband Kruz of House of Yumm.

Like most ramen burger recipes, House of Yumm’s ramen buns are held together by cooking the noodles, straining them, mixing them with egg, freezing them, and then frying them. The insides (arugula, cheese, and sautéed mushrooms, because the veggies really make a difference) are added immediately after for maximum residual melt.

Oh, and Nick from Dude Foods did one too, though his is considerably more dude-friendly and lacks vegetables. Hey, at least no one’s trying to make tomato boba milk tea to go along with it.

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Inappropriate Bubble Tea is Inappropriate

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Health

Study Reveals Boba Tapioca Balls May Cause Cancer

Or: How to Give a High School/College/Any Kid a Heart Attack in Eight Words or Less.

Sad, but true: German scientists may have just effectively killed another Asian-borrowed college student eating staple (the first being ramen), with a new study revealing the “presence of PCB-like substances” (said to strongly increase one’s risk for cancer), in a sample of tapioca boba balls.

The samples in question came from one milk tea shop from an unnamed nationwide German chain, whose spokesperson claimed to receive their tapioca balls from a mass producer in Taiwan. Thus far, it is unclear whether the PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) can be traced to any specific batch from the distributor or even what the level of toxicity was, though the scare has been enough to prompt at least one environmental spokesman to call for regular PCB testing in stores.

According to the New York Daily News, this tragic news comes to us now as Europe, which has stronger food safety restrictions than we do, has just started to catch onto the tapioca milk tea trend–researchers there perhaps bringing to light information which here might have until now been deemed negligible or inconsequential, at least according to our own FDA.

Not that this news is likely to change things stateside. Thus far, there have been no reported boba-related accidents (bobaccidents?) due the presence of PCBs and until one arises (or someone invents a satisfactory boba substitute), I for one will continue to enjoy my chewy-laden Taiwanese milk tea in ignorant bliss.

Boba on?

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Cravings

Strawberry Jam Blast Shaved Ice Bowl

Is there anything better than splurging on a meal that will bring a healthy man deathly close to a diabetic coma? I mean…we did just celebrate National Donut Day with The 13 Most Ridiculous Donuts yesterday, but this Strawberry Jam Blast Shaved Ice Bowl is a sugar wet dream waiting to happen.

This Strawberry Jam Blast Shaved Ice Bowl is filled to the brim with shaved ice, a whole orchard of strawberries and is literally dripping with condensed milk! We got this bad boy at our local Guppy Tea House! If you ever want some delicious desserts, mouth watering dishes or some refreshing tea and boba, make sure to stop by and check them out!