Pho 95 in Arlington, TX, has some boba tea options that include fresh fruit but all of them have incredible flavor that you will enjoy during this heatwave
People can’t get enough of bubble tea (a.k.a. boba), perhaps due to the addictively chewy texture of the tapioca balls, the creaminess of the milky tea, or the simple pleasure of inserting the straw into the sealed plastic top.
The origins of boba culture, which emerged in the late 1980s, are debatable. Due to the widespread tradition of drinking tea in East Asia, milk tea was already well-known in Taiwan. At that time, tapioca balls and shaved ice were both common sweets. Someone at some point came up with the idea to blend three well-liked ingredients into one drink: tapioca balls on the bottom, then a layer of shaved ice, and milk tea to make up the remainder.
Interesting fact: The tea became known as boba, which is a slang term for breasts in Chinese (referring to the spherical shape of the tapioca balls).
As boba became more popular throughout Taiwan, it evolved. Stall owners began offering fruit boba, replacing actual fruit (which was too expensive and went bad quickly) with fruit powders and syrups. In addition to tapioca balls, other topping options were added like grass jelly, almond jelly, egg pudding, and red beans. Even in traditional boba, non-dairy creamer was substituted for milk in the milk tea, and as a result, the beverage gained a reputation for having an exceptionally sweet, creamy flavor.
People love boba because of its creamy texture and the tapioca balls that are fun to chew. Tea that you can chew – who knew it would be so popular!
Bubble tea has many varieties and flavors, but the two most popular varieties are black pearl milk tea and green pearl milk tea. Pho 95 has some options that include fresh fruit but all of them have incredible flavor that you will enjoy!
Flavors you can get at Pho 95 at our Cooper location:
Flavors you can get at Pho 95 at our Arkansas location:
No matter what flavor you choose, boba seems to be extra popular during the summer months. It’s a cool, refreshing drink. This Texas heat isn’t letting up anytime soon, so head over to Pho 95 and try ALL the boba!