Bubble tea in Dubai
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Where to drink bubble tea in Dubai
Guests can sample fruity varieties of high-end bubble tea at this Asian restaurant chain, which hails from London.
The Dubai Mall (04 339 9088).
Check out Thomas’s store in Dragonmart for a rainbow of bubble tea flavours.
Dragonmart, Zone B, International City (050 116 3280)
As well as serving meaty Mongolian fare, this restaurant shows its sweeter side by serving a range of bubble teas.
Mall of the Emirates (04 341 1154). Other location: Lamcy Plaza, Oud Metha (04 335 8330).
Panda offers Sichuan staples alongside contemporary dishes such as orange chicken and, of course, bubble milk tea.
Mall of the Emirates (04 341 1156). Other locations: Deira City Centre (04 295 0041), The Dubai Mall (04 339 9321), Dubai Outlet Mall (04 425 5934).
This venue serves two bubbly flavours: black tea and green tea.
Dubai Healthcare City, Oud Metha (04 435 5650).
A Time Out fave – this authentic Chinese restaurant in Dragonmart stays true to its roots serving an array of bubble tea flavours.
Dragonmart, International City (04 368 7070).
Where does it come from?
While everyone more or less agrees that bubble tea was first concocted in Taiwan in the’80s, there is some debate about who is responsible for the phenomenon. Some believe it was created by chef Liu Han Chieh, owner of Chun Shui Tang in the city of Taichung, who took to mixing syrup, milk tea and pieces of fruit, while others trace the origins back to Hanlin tea shop in Tainan, where Tu Tsong He Hanlin first added the tapioca pearls to cold tea. The jury is out.By Oliver Robinson
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