Another story comes from the Chun Shui Tang Tea Room in Taichung. The founder, Liu Han-Chieh, inspired by a trip to Japan, began serving their teas cold. This proved to be a success for their business as it propelled the opening of a chain of tea rooms. One day an employee poured tapioca balls into her tea and encouraged the staff to give it a try. The beverage was celebrated and it landed a place on their menu where it quickly became the company’s top selling product.
It is insignificant whether one story trumps the other. Not only did this unique drink gain local recognition, but has propelled a culture of boba drinking fans around the world. To mark the importance of this boba beverage, April 30th has been officially named as National Bubble Tea Day. There are many ways boba enthusiasts celebrate this day, whether it's by baking a bubble tea cake, hosting a bubble tea trivia night, or simply going out for bubble tea and having a friend choose your flavor for you.