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RBT (Xian Zong Lin) Tea Shop, part of a chain, was the first place to serve Taiwan-style milk tea in Shanghai. That was more than 10 years ago.
The Pearl Milk Tea is famous. Many locals might try their first Pearl Milk Tea at RBT on Huaihai Road M.
Bubble tea - so named for the bubbles that would form when tea and flavorings were shaken - originated in tea shops in Taiwan in the 1980s. It's also known as boba (bubble) tea and pearl milk tea because tiny tapioca balls or "pearls" were added. It's a kind of tea you can eat.
There are many variations of the drink at RBT, depending on the types of tea and other ingredients and flavors. The most popular are pearl green tea and pearl black tea.
The Classic Bubble Tea (24 yuan) is made with a basic blend of teas plus fine Assam red tea. The tea is made with water at exactly (or so they say) 82 degrees Celsius.
Unlike other venues serving Hong Kong-style milk tea, RBT has introduced many innovations, such as lavender milk tea, matcha latte roasted milk tea and taro milk tea.