There were some posts in the WSGV thread about boba so I thought it’d be nice to have a standalone thread so we don’t clog up the other thread. Please post about any boba places you’ve tried, liked/disliked! @Dommy @JeetKuneBao
My big guilty pleasure is Half and Half Tea House. By default the drinks are very sugary and I’m pretty sure they use mixes and powders. But I love the way the actual boba pearls taste. They’re always consistently soft, warm, chewy and have really good flavor to them. They also have a huge menu so you can always try something different.
I always ask for half-sweetness. My usual order is the red bean milk tea (or slush if it’s really hot out) with boba. Love the textures with the smashed red beans and boba.
I also really like Boba Guys. They have a small but focused menu, and I like that they have rotating seasonal flavors, with inspiration coming from all over the place. They’re open for online orders with a pared down menu in certain locations, but you can’t walk in right now, you have to order ahead. They manufacture their own tapioca pearls and make the other toppings (pastes, pudding, jellies) in-house.
Ube halaya (on right). The creaminess of the coconut milk complements the ube flavor really well. It tones down the sweetness of the ube jam. This drink isn’t even that sweet to begin with. It has an almost earthy taste because of the ube.
IG favorite strawberry matcha latte (on left). This has a tendency to be a little sweet because of the strawberry puree layer but when you shake it up the matcha and milk tone it down. It tastes just like the name-- pronounced jammy strawberry flavor mixed with matcha.
Black sesame latte (no photo). This has no tea in it-- just black sesame paste and milk. Definitely has the nutty black sesame flavor, but I would like the black sesame flavor to be even stronger!
For something a little more refined, Jin Tea House in Old Town Pasadena isn’t bad. They also have a smaller menu and focus on specialty teas. You can definitely taste the tea, instead of just sugar. Their passionfruit oolong is pretty good.