Drink Bubble Tea in Chinatown in Montréal. "Bubble tea" is one of the things I miss most when I'm in Europe. Despite its Thai origin, it's a popular beverage in North America that is often bought to go at Asian food establishments. Despite its name, "bubble tea", has no bubbles or even tea most of the time. This is a smoothie-like beverage that can come in different flavors (lychee, kiwi, strawberry, coconut ...) with a milk base, and sometimes tea and black tapioca pearls are added. These pearls, little black balls, are what make bubble tea such a special drink, as they have a very strange texture similar to gum and are sucked up from the bottom of the glass with a particularly thick straw that the balls pass through one by one.