How have I lived 29 years without bubble tea?! Well, technically 28 years ... since I first tried the fruity tapioca-specked beverage last year. For the bubble tea virgins (lots of folks around here haven't heard of it): It's a like a slushee with large, chewy tapioca pearls that you suck up through an oversized straw. The Green Apple Pineapple Bubble Tea at Chang's Bubble Tea is the best:
Many of the fruit teas at Chang's are naturally vegan. Stay away from Chang's creamier teas, like coconut, avocado, chai, and even the almond milk tea — those contain dairy products. Don't worry though. There are loads of fruit flavors to choose from, and they can all be mixed together in endless combinations. Flavors include mango, peach, lychee, blueberry, pineapple, payaya ... the list goes on and on.
Whatever flavor you choose, the black "bubbles" at the bottom are the best part. Each sip ends with a chewy surprise, like a package of gummi bears found its way into the bottom of your smoothie.
Though Chang's serves plenty of vegan teas, they're a little lacking in vegetarian food options ... at least for an Asian restaurant. Several of their tofu dishes contain beef or chicken (what?!)! Makes no damn sense, I know. But there are a couple of veg options, like Curry Tofu, Vegetable Tofu, Vegetable Fried Rice, and Vietnamese Spring Rolls (my fave!).
On my last visit, I ordered the Curry Tofu:
This dish did not disappoint. Tender chunks of fried tofu are coated in just the right balance of curry and coconut. Potatoes, carrots, and celery round out the dish, and the mound of sticky white rice was sinfully delicious.
Conclusion: Go to Chang's for the bubble tea, not the food. But if that tapioca isn't enough to fill you up, at least there are a handful of meat-free options on the menu.
Chang's Bubble Tea is located at 8095 Macon Road. Here's their website.
P.S. Don't forget to enter my American Vegan Kitchen giveaway. I'll be choosing two random winners Thursday morning at 10 a.m. CST. I'll announce the winners on the blog tommorow night. U.S. residents only, please.
P.S.S. Liz from Cooking the Vegan Books is also hosting an American Vegan Kitchen giveaway, but hers is limited to non-U.S. citizens. So international vegan buds, click here to check it out.