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<span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';">So I was having this discussion about how you can get bubble tea w/out dairy. Then they told me the tapioca balls are made w/ <b>gelatin</b>!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wall.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":wall:"> Gross.<br><br>
I really like bubble tea. Is there a standard or how do I find out-asking people who serve have no idea.</span> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:">
 

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From what I understand, some flavours of bubble tea contain dairy in the powdered mix, so just substituting soy milk doesn't work.<br><br><br><br>
Tapioca balls are made from tapioca, a tuber. You can also get jellies in bubble tea here -- they tend to be made with agar, but of course you can ask to see the label.
 

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↑↑ What cookingVeg said.<br><br><br><br>
How to have your tea without dairy?<br><br>
1. Find a boba shop that sells different flavors.<br><br>
2. Order one of the fruit flavors (my favorite is passionfruit-black tea.<br><br><br><br>
Or, cook your own tapioca pearls at home. You can find them at a lot of Asian markets or online, dry or partially cooked, packed in vacuum-sealed bags. Here's one source: <a href="http://www.bobateadirect.com/Boba-Tapioca-Pearls-c-1.html" target="_blank">http://www.bobateadirect.com/Boba-Ta...earls-c-1.html</a>
 

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I don't want just plain or fruity tea-the tapioca balls are the best part. This is what the issue is.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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↑↑ What cookingVeg said.<br><br><br><br>
How to have your tea without dairy?<br><br>
1. Find a boba shop that sells different flavors.<br><br>
2. Order one of the fruit flavors (my favorite is passionfruit-black tea.<br><br><br><br>
Or, cook your own tapioca pearls at home. You can find them at a lot of Asian markets or online, dry or partially cooked, packed in vacuum-sealed bags. Here's one source: <a href="http://www.bobateadirect.com/Boba-Tapioca-Pearls-c-1.html" target="_blank">http://www.bobateadirect.com/Boba-Ta...earls-c-1.html</a></div>
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You're allowed to order a non-milk flavored drink/tea WITH tapioca balls. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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My kids love the stuff, so I checked at the Boba Tea place we go to, and the mix they use is dairy-free and the tapioca is just that - tapioca - no geletin or anything.<br><br><br><br>
I'm sure it could vary from place to place however, so it wouldn't hurt to read labels/ask questions. Always a good policy anyways.
 

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IS there any brand name yogurt fruit flavored that does not contain gelatin ?Thanks sorry new and can't figure out the posting yet
 

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Tapioca is Tapioca. The ingredient is Tapioca. You can make other things out of Tapioca, like tapioca flour, but you can't make other things into real tapioca... Does that make sense? That's like asking "Hey, what's that carrot made of?" It's made of carrot, as it is a carrot (chemicals composition and such aside). Tapioca is made of tapioca, which is not gelatin... it's tapioca.
 

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IS there any brand name yogurt fruit flavored that does not contain gelatin ?Thanks sorry new and can't figure out the posting yet</div>
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Tapioca is veg*n. No gelatin. Trust me, I come from the land where bubble tea was invented. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:"><br><br><br><br>
Depending on whether or not the companies soak it in honey is a different story.
 

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Ok I'm totally confused by bubble tea. I've never tried it before. Is it a hot tea with little balls in it? Cause that sounds pretty nasty. Or is it more like a shake/smoothie type drink?
 

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It's iced tea with large tapioca pearls in it.
 

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It's iced tea with large tapioca pearls in it.</div>
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Thanks for the info. Sounds interesting. I might have to try it if I ever see it anywhere.
 

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Oh I'm glad someone brought up bubble tea. I bought some tapioca balls the other day hoping to recreate a mango soup pudding I had at a restarant ages ago. It was ok but my balls were bland <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sneaky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":shifty:"><br><br><br><br>
The ones that I had at the chinese were sweet, a bit chewy and generally ace. I tried boiling them in sugar water but it didn't really help. Does anybody have a good recipe/method for getting the them like that whatever they're in, tea, whatever?
 

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I'm having one now! Yummmmmm!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rockon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rockon:">
 

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Oh I'm glad someone brought up bubble tea. I bought some tapioca balls the other day hoping to recreate a mango soup pudding I had at a restarant ages ago. It was ok but my balls were bland <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sneaky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":shifty:"><br><br><br><br>
The ones that I had at the chinese were sweet, a bit chewy and generally ace. I tried boiling them in sugar water but it didn't really help. Does anybody have a good recipe/method for getting the them like that whatever they're in, tea, whatever?</div>
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I'll look into it for you. My mom's friend owns a whole chain of bubble tea stores in the DC Metropolitan area.<br><br><br><br>
And to <span style="text-decoration:underline;">fadeaway1289</span> : i like my drinks with balls <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sneaky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":shifty:">. No really, you should try it. It's addictive.
 

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Oriental Asians don't typically use gelatin in their food. All the "jelly" like desserts I eat are made from agar agar. The jelly used in the bubble tea stores seem to be agar agar texture, but since I'm not sure, I avoid it now. From what I've always understood, the tapioca balls are just tapioca. A lot of places call the jelly (something else you can get if you don't want tapioca) gelatin, but I don't know if the employees really know the difference when they label things... I've seen a lot of places label the jelly as gelatin, but if you've ever tried it, the texture is a lot like agar agar.<br><br><br><br>
The only asian dessert I can think of that may use gelatin is the almond flavored jello-like dessert usually mixed with canned fruit. I think traditionally it is made with agar agar, as historically I think that's what asians used, but some brands use gelatin now.
 
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