Taiwan has long been known as the birth place of boba, or pearl milk tea for the purists out there. As the popularity of boba skyrocketed in the United States in the early 2000s, Taiwan(and the rest of Asia) seem to always be a step ahead. As with any trend, boba’s popularity continues to rise and fall in the US with the advent of the new guard(eg. Gong Cha) of boba shops as old ones fall(eg. Quickly). But trying to catch up to the east in this particular trendy food, can be absolutely futile.
While we are happily content with our, ahead, regular pearl milk teas. Taiwan has gone above and beyond what we can even imagine. I mean, just take a look at the picture below!
Apparently in Taiwan, they have taken to putting boba on tops of pancakes and waffles. You gotta hand it to them, they sure are getting creative with tapioca/boba balls. In fact, you should read the rest of the article just to come to grips as what our Eastern brothers have been able to accomplish with our favorite snack drink.
Belle Epoque is the original cafe that started this crazy.. uh, craze. Light, fluffy pancakes are stacked on top of one another and doused with a generous helping of airy cream on top. All this is further topped off with delicious boba balls packed full of sweet, brown sugar, goodness. The boba pancake is Belle Epoque’s signature dish and it is not difficult to see why.
Brown Sugar Pearl Milk Tea Waffles
Stayreal Café By Gabee
Da’an District, Taipei
Gotta like the name of this place. Mini waffles topped off with whipped cream and boba balls. Pretty cool if you ask me.
Pearl Milk Tea Waffles
8 Code 鬆餅
Chungyuan District, Taoyuan
Not quite sure how to pronounce this place, but I’m assuming its somewhere akin to “bar – code” as the number 8 is pronounced “bah” in mandarin Chinese. If so, then I like this place even more.
It looks so simple for this waffle-centric shop in Taoyuan. Nothing but waffle batter, whipped cream and brown sugar boba on top.
8 Code 鬆餅
Hidden Pearl Milk Tea Waffles
North District, Taichung
They call these hidden pearl milk tea waffles because the boba comes on the side rather than on top. The waffles are slathered in white sauce and topped off with lines of caramel. The Rabbit Rabbit website isn’t that helpful as they don’t really explain what is “white sauce,” which frankly, makes me a bit concerned, but I’m sure its fine. If someone has tried this, let us know and we’ll add it in.