Monday 22 February 2021

Sugar level 100%: Is Pizza Hut's new Bubble Tea Blossom pizza as disgusting as it sounds?

Covid, Covid, Covid.

That’s all we seem to hear about nowadays.

Remember the good old days when the biggest threat to our health was sugar?

It was public enemy No. 1 when Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong dedicated one third of his 2017 National Day Rally speech to diabetes. He wore a purple shirt that day.

Sugar was such a hot topic that Maroon 5 wrote a song about it.

But why no song about the coronavirus, Adam Levine? Why?

Sugar didn’t prompt a $11 billion Resilient Package in this year’s Budget announced last week. Covid-19 did.

But the sucrose menace remains among us. We’re just not practising safe distancing to avoid it.

Perhaps because of the coronavirus pandemic and the stress it’s causing us, we’re even turning more to the sweet comfort of evil sugar for succour. High glycemic index be damned.

Or at least that’s my justification for trying Pizza Hut’s new Bubble Tea Blossom pizza.

Yes, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

The pandemic made me do it. Blame the coronavirus. It’s Covid-19’s fault I’m eating the latest Frankenstein food creation from Pizza Hut.

The concept is simple. People like bubble tea. People like pizza. Why not put them together?

That was also how we ended up with durian and mala pizza. That is, durian pizza and mala pizza separately, not durian and mala together on a pizza, although that sounds much more interesting. Disgusting! I mean, disgusting.

But the bubble tea pizza is definitely not disgusting even though it may sound like it.

It’s “drizzled with Brown Sugar Milk Tea Sauce, topped with chewy marshmallows and fresh boba pearls, spread atop a bed of mouthwatering cheese”, touted Pizza Hut.

One Facebook commenter wrote: “Not only is this a stupid combination but it is a simple disgrace to all pizza.”

Another typed: “This is worse than pineapples.”

My favourite comment: “Halo polis.”

What I suspect is that these commenters hadn’t actually tasted the bubble tea pizza. They were just reacting reflexively to the unholy union of bubble tea and pizza.

But people who did try it weren’t sweet on the saccharine concoction either.

The AsiaOne reviewer said: “The pizza did have a pleasant aroma, but was a tad too sugary for their liking, clashing with the savoury cheese base.”

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You see, unlike bubble tea, you can’t customise the sugar level of the bubble tea pizza. So it’s always 100 per cent whether you want it or not.

The 8 Days reviewer said: “The pizza tastes a tad like someone accidentally spilled a cup of brown sugar pearl milk tea on it.”

I’m not sure whether that's a good thing or bad thing. said: “Bad enough that you should try it.”

That sounds like an endorsement to me.

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Posted by on Wednesday, February 17, 2021

So I fired up my Pizza Hut app and ordered a large Bubble Tea Blossom stuffed crust pizza.

But when my pizza was arrived, the marshmallows were missing.

I was about to write a complaint to Pizza Hut, but the delivery person returned minutes later with marshmallows in a small plastic container. Crisis averted.

Despite a Facebook comment that the Boba Blossom “looks like some rabbits had diarrhea on the pizza”, I didn’t think the pizza looked like animals had defecated on it, mostly because I'm not sure what that would look like.

While the marshmallows provided some colour, there weren’t enough of them to add to the taste or mouthfeel. The boba pearls did, but the brown sugar sauce sort of overwhelmed everything.

Which I didn’t mind.

I was more disappointed that even though it’s called bubble tea pizza, there was no tea in it.

I mean, you got the bubble, you got the pizza, but where was the tea?

It should be more accurately called brown sugar boba pizza.

I feel misled. I risked type 2 diabetes for this?

Should’ve listened to the Prime Minister.

I blame Covid.

- Published in The New Paper, 22 February 2021