The first time I heard of bubble tea was when we were in Hong Kong. I remember feeling so intimidated walking up to the bubble tea stall and pointing to one of the flavours to try this mysterious drink. The drink was sealed with plastic by a machine, shaken up and handed to me. It tasted like a very sweet, milky, drink with a hint of black tea and vanilla. It was delicious. The most mysterious part of the drink were the black, rubbery balls at the bottom of the glass. To suck up the ‘pearls’, you are given a super fat straw, which also has a pointy end to puncture the plastic seal. I had no idea what they were and wasn’t sure if I liked them (they have since grown on me) but it was certainly interesting.