Dream Tea House (Old Strathcona)
Bubble Tea traces its roots back to Taiwan. In the early 1980's, Taiwan was, and still is, known for its "Night Market." This hot spot for delicious snacks saw one inventive man come up with an idea of combining the popular shredded ice and tea as a nice soothing drink for the hot summer nights. To attract more customers, the tea establishment mixed the chilled tea with fruit syrups. This concept proved to be such a success that in a short time the drink became ubiquitous throughout Taiwan. Drink makers must shake the mixed drink well to produce an even taste. During the process small bubbles would form at the top of the drink. Thus, the drink was originally recognized as "Bubble Tea". As the market expanded, shrewd entrepreneurs took these new type of drinks to the next level by introducing Tapioca into the beverage. Interestingly, the Tapioca looked like big bubbles sitting at the bottom of the drink. Hence, the drink was reinforced as "Bubble Tea".