• Interesting Facts About Tapioca Pearls

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    When most people think about bubble tea, the boba pearls that fill the bottom of the glass are what often come to mind. If you’re a fan of boba tea, then keep reading to learn some interesting facts about the chewy tapioca pearls that sit at the bottom of the cup.

    They’re made from a root.

    Tapioca pearls are made from tapioca starch, and this starch is derived from a root called cassava . Cassava root, which is also known as manioc or yucca, is native to Brazil and grown widely throughout the Caribbean. Cassava, which is a staple food in many cultures, is long and tuberous with a dark brown skin and a white interior.

    They can be a variety of colors.

    Many people are familiar with the clear and black boba varieties. Clear boba are made from normal tapioca pearls, and black ones are usually created using brown sugar or caramel coloring. Now, some bubble tea shops offer boba in other colors as well, such as yellow, pink, and orange.

    They can be filled with different flavors.

    Black and clear boba are still the most widely used boba varieties in the United States. However, in some countries, boba is made with flavored fillings like chocolate, red bean, and mung bean. The boba themselves can also be flavored by adding ingredients to the tapioca pearls as they are cooked.

    They can’t pop in your mouth.

    Many of the brightly colored boba available are a variety called popping boba. However, although they are called boba, these bursting bubbles are not tapioca pearls. Instead, they are made from seaweed extract, fruit juices, and other ingredients. Traditional boba made from tapioca pearls, on the other hand, are notably soft and chewy.

    At Happy TeaHouse & Café, serving fresh and delicious tapioca pearl tea is our specialty. To find out more about our menu, you can contact our tea house in Houston by calling (713) 469-3275.

  • Answering Common Questions About Black Tea

    Teapot When you visit your local tea house, you’re likely to see a wide selection of tea options, including many made with black tea, which has been enjoyed by people for hundreds of years. Continue reading to learn the answers to common questions that people have about black tea.

    How much caffeine is in black tea?

    Many boba tea house customers wonder how a cup of black tea measures up to their traditional morning coffee. 8 fluid ounces of black tea has between 25mg and 48mg of caffeine, while the same amount of brewed coffee often has more than 100mg.

    How do I steep black tea?

    Allowing your black tea to steep means letting it sit after saturating it with water. Typically, nearly-boiling water is used to brew and steep tea, and black tea is often left to steep for about 3 to 5 minutes.

    How is black tea different from green tea?

    Both black and green tea come from the Camellia sinensis plant and are harvested by plucking the uppermost leaves and buds. Also, green tea usually contains less caffeine than black tea. To make green tea, the leaves are heated to stop oxidation and allow the leaves to retain their green color. To create black tea, the leaves are allowed to oxidize before being dried.

    Is green tea healthier than black tea?

    For years, research has been conducted to gauge the health benefits of green tea. However, both black and green teas contain beneficial antioxidants, support teeth and bone health, and offer cardiovascular benefits. When it comes to cancer prevention, however, green tea takes the prize.

    What beverages are made with black tea?

    Masala chai and Thai tea blends are made with black tea leaves, and it’s also commonly used to make traditional iced tea. You will also find black tea in Irish breakfast, English breakfast, English afternoon, and Earl Grey tea blends.

    Happy TeaHouse & Café serves black and green tea as well as snacks, smoothies, and bubble tea in Houston. To learn more about what we offer at our tea house, please call (713) 469-3275.

  • Touring Street Food from Around the World

    Rice noodles Have you noticed an option called bánh mì on a tea house or restaurant menu? If so, then you may be interested in learning about this popular Vietnamese sandwich and other types of street food. Read on for details on these and other street food favorites from around the world.

    Bánh mì

    Bánh mì is a Vietnamese term used to describe all kinds of bread. However, this word has also become synonymous with a type of Vietnamese sandwich. The fillings for this popular street food can vary, but the standard version is a baguette stuffed with meat, cucumber, pickled carrot, cilantro, daikon radish, mayonnaise, and liver pâté.

    Satay

    Should you ever travel through Southeast Asia, you should have no trouble finding a satay vendor. Satay is made by marinating thin slices of meat in coconut milk and spices and then skewering and grilling them, and it’s commonly served along with peanut sauce and cucumber salad. Satay made with pork is popular in Thailand, but you may see it made with chicken or beef in other areas.

    Supplì

    If traveling in Rome, you’re likely to find supplì offered by street food vendors. Supplì are fried rice balls filled with ragù that’s usually made with mozzarella, tomatoes, and ground beef.

    Dürüm

    The word dürüm translates to “roll” in Turkish and, this street food is a wrap that’s usually made with flatbread, spiced lamb, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber, hot sauce, and herbed-yogurt. These wraps are a popular street food in many European cities.

    Rou Jia Mo

    The rou jia mo dates back at least 2,000 years and is among the world’s oldest sandwiches. This street food can be considered a Chinese version of a döner kebab , and it’s traditionally made with spiced pork, mild peppers, and cilantro that’s stuffed inside of flatbread.

    Our tea house in Houston serves Vietnamese sandwiches and other snacks along with bubble tea and smoothies. To find out more about Happy TeaHouse & Café , you can reach us by calling (713) 469-3275.

  • Stay Cool with a Delicious Thai Iced Tea

    Water Once summer weather rolls around, many people in Houston turn to cold beverages like bubble tea, smoothies, and iced tea to keep cool. Another option that is a summertime favorite for many is Thai iced tea.

    Thai iced tea is sweet and refreshing, and if you’ve yet to give it a try, then it may become your warm-weather go-to. Thai iced tea is made with black tea and a mixture of spices, such as star anise, clove, and cardamom. The tea is brewed in hot water, sweetened with sugar, and then allowed to steep and cool. Later, the spiced black tea is mixed with milk or creamer and then served over ice. This sweet, spicy, and cold drink can be the pick-me-up that you need on a hot afternoon.

    At Happy TeaHouse & Café , we serve a selection of cold drinks that include bubble tea and smoothies in Houston. Please call (713) 469-3275 for information about our menu and tea house hours.

  • Comparing Potatoes and Taro

    Have you ever tried boba tea or a smoothie that was flavored with taro? If not, then you’re in for a treat. Like a potato, taro is a root vegetable, and it’s used extensively in African, South American, and Asian cuisine. Watch this video to learn about the differences between potatoes and taro.

    Taro has a sweet and nutty flavor and a soft, custard-like texture when cooked. This root vegetable is commonly used in baked goods, but it can be enjoyed in the same ways that potatoes and sweet potatoes are.

    Happy TeaHouse & Café offers a selection of delicious, cold drinks made with taro. If you’re interested in giving this popular flavor a try, then come and see us at our tea house in Houston or call (713) 469-3275 to learn more.

  • Watch People Try Their First Boba Tea

    Called bubble tea and pearl tea by others, boba tea is a beverage that has several names and comes in many flavors. What boba tea is most known for, however, is the layer of chewy, tapioca pearls that fill the bottom of the cup and make the drink unique among beverages.

    Watch this video to see people try their first boba tea. Some individuals find that the tapioca pearls are better suited to some flavors than to others. Also, how much someone loves their boba tea often depends on the flavor that they try. With so many options to choose from, you’re sure to find at least one favorite.

    If you’re ready to try your first boba tea , then come and see what we offer at Happy TeaHouse & Café. To learn about our boba tea menu, please call our tea house in Houston at (713) 469-3275.

  • Unique Ways to Drink More Tea

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    Have you recently discovered a local tea house that you love? If so, then you may enjoy trying something new each visit. For those looking for unique ways to drink tea, consider the following ideas:

    Green Tea Smoothie

    Fruit smoothies can be a quick and healthy way to start your day. If you’d like to add caffeine to your smoothies and drink more tea at the same time, then consider adding some chilled green tea to your next blended breakfast. Try mixing frozen berries and bananas with some green tea and Greek yogurt. Then, simply blend the ingredients and enjoy.

    Bubble Tea

    Have you had the chance to try bubble tea? If not, then you are in for a unique treat. Also known as boba tea, tapioca tea, or pearl tea, bubble tea uses a tea base that is mixed with tapioca pearls and your choice of flavors to create a refreshing and delicious beverage.

    Chai Tea Latte

    This popular drink is available in many tea houses and is one that you can enjoy at home, as well. Chai tea is a delicious blend of black tea and spices such as cinnamon, clove, ginger, black pepper, star anise, and cardamom. Mixed with milk and your choice of sweetener, you can turn traditional chai tea into a sweet and creamy treat.

    Thai Tea

    Thai tea is a popular drink which boasts a deep, amber color and that originated in Thailand. This beverage starts out as strongly brewed black tea which is then spiced and mixed with condensed milk and sugar. If you’re a fan of chai tea, then there is a good chance that you will love Thai tea. If you’re looking for something both sweet and refreshing, then try a Thai iced tea to help stay cool as the weather warms up.

    If you’re looking for delicious tea options to try, then come and see us at Happy TeaHouse & Café. To learn about our menu, please call our boba tea house in Houston at (713) 469-3275.

  • Which Refreshing Slurpy Flavor Will You Try?

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    Happy TeaHouse & Café offers a wide selection of delicious drinks to choose from, and some of the favorites among our customers are the slurpy beverages. Available in many varieties, these delicious drinks can help keep you cool this summer. The following are the slurpy flavors that we offer at our tea house:

    • Coffee Slurpy
    • Mango Slurpy
    • Green Mango Slurpy
    • Yogurt Slurpy
    • Watermelon Slurpy
    • Pineapple Slurpy
    • Strawberry Slurpy
    • Green Apple Slurpy
    • Champagne Grape Slurpy
    • Lychee Slurpy with Gel
    • Strawberry Lime Slurpy
    • Cherry Slurpy

    Happy TeaHouse & Café has a large drink menu that includes juice, tea, bubble tea, and Thai tea in addition to our slurpy selections. Also, we have a snack and meal menu, are open late, offer free Wi-Fi for customers, and have plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. If you’d like to try one of our delicious slurpy flavors, then please visit our tea house serving Houston or call (713) 469-3275 to learn more.

  • Breaking Down the Components of Traditional Boba Tea

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    With options ranging from coffee, coconut, and avocado to pineapple, papaya, and passionfruit, the list of boba tea flavor combinations that you can enjoy is nearly endless. Because of the varieties available, many people don’t know what goes into the original boba tea. Continue reading to learn about the traditional ingredients of this popular beverage.

    Tea

    As you probably guessed, tea plays an important role in traditional bubble tea. Boba tea originated in Taiwan, and Taiwanese black tea was used to create the beverage. Today, boba tea houses use other types of tea as well, and some boba tea varieties include no tea at all. For example, fruit flavored boba teas are sometimes made using fruit juice and may not contain tea.

    Tapioca

    If you’ve never tried boba tea before, then you’re probably curious about the spheres that sit at the bottom of a cup of this drink. The chewy spheres, which can be dark or light and sweetened or flavored, are tapioca pearls, also known as boba, from which the beverage gets its name.

    Sweetener

    One of the most loved features of boba tea is how sweet and delicious the beverage is. Sugar, honey, and flavored syrups are some popular boba tea sweeteners. Sweetening boba tea can balance the bitterness of the tea base that it’s made with and enhance whatever flavor you select for your drink.

    Creamer

    You may have noticed that some types of boba tea are translucent while others have a creamy appearance. Typically, fruit-flavored boba teas do not use creamer. On the other hand, options like red bean, taro, pudding, and coconut often include ingredients like milk, soy milk, half and half, or powdered non-dairy creamer to enhance their flavor and give them a milky consistency.

    At Happy TeaHouse & Café , our drink menu includes a wide selection of bubble teas for you to enjoy. For more information, please contact our tea house in Houston by calling (713) 469-3275.

  • What Goes into a Banh Mi Sandwich?

    A banh mi sandwich is a popular Vietnamese food offered at tea houses, restaurants, and street stalls. This delicious sandwich can be made in a variety of ways. Watch this video to see what goes into the crowd-pleasing grilled pork banh mi sandwich.

    Pork shoulder, black soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, garlic, shallot, salt, and pepper are needed to prepare the grilled pork. For the pickled carrot and daikon condiments, water, distilled white vinegar, carrot, daikon, sugar, and salt are used. Jalapeno, Maggi sauce, mayonnaise, white onion, cilantro, and a French baguette are needed to complete the sandwich.

    Happy TeaHouse & Café offers banh mi sandwiches along with many meal and snack options and a wide selection of bubble tea drinks. To learn more about our menu , please contact our tea house in Houston by calling (713) 469-3275.