- 飲み物（後出 treat は甘いもの）
Tapioca picked as 'Japan's Dish of the Year'
Tapioca has been selected as "Japan's Dish of the Year" for 2019, Gurunavi Research Institute Inc. announced on Dec. 5.
Tapioca balls, also known as boba, or pearls, can be enjoyed in various types of drinks, and the beverages have spread across the generations in Japan. These were among several reasons Tokyo-based Gurunavi, which conducts research and studies on food, chose the chewy treats as the most influential item in its annual food event.
Tapioca is a starch extracted from the root of cassava, which forms the pearls' main ingredient. Initially popular among younger consumers, they gained widespread appeal through social media. Japan's tapioca craze even led to the coining of the verb "tapiru," meaning to drink a tapioca beverage.