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Last Saturday, I was invited to try Rabbit Rabbit Tea, a place that serves bubble tea, a kind of tea that became popular in Taiwan in the 1980s and whose creator is unknown. It has since conquered the US and Rabbit Rabbit Tea has made its way from California to New York, housed in the location of a Chinese restaurant (Xiang Xiang Noodle). The rabbit is often associated with luck and there is this superstition in Britain and North America wherein a person says or repeats the words "rabbit", "rabbits" and/or "white rabbits" aloud upon waking on the first day of a month to get good luck for the whole month. So, I wonder if it is from that that the name of this place came from…For sure the logo is fun.
Bubble tea, also called boba tea, can be made with milk or without and with the various types of milk (whole, skim, condensed or thick that I learned is with whipped cream, the combinations are endless. And contrary to a common thought, the name bubble tea does not come from the tapioca pearls that are in the bottom of the glass (except in fruit tea) but because of the bubbles that form when you shake them.
I tried three different tea:
Brown sugar pearl with milk: matcha.
Fresh fruit iced tea: lychee.
Milk tea: Japanese buckwheat.
My favorite was the matcha that was very milky, and then the Japanese buckwheat. It is the first time I tried buckwheat tea and in fact did not even know it existed. They provide the following information in their website:
Degree of fermentation: 0%
Baking degree: 30%
Water color: Golden translucent
Flavor: Fried roasted cereal
Characteristics: Japan's popular healthy tea for many years, using 100% natural buckwheat produced in Taiwan, high in nutritional value, went through a unique expansion technology and slowly roasted to produce a special wheat scent, full of aroma, no caffeine and no artificial additives.
The lychee one was quite refreshing but the fruit was slightly overpowered by the green tea.
I liked the tea at Rabbit Rabbit Tea: they have so many interesting combinations (including sweetness) that I will definitely go back there!
Enjoy (I did)!
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Rabbit Rabbit Tea - 110-112 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010