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“Boba,” if you’re from the West Coast, or “Bubble Tea,” for those East Coasters who may not be as familiar with this yummy beverage, is a tea-based sensation with either a fruity flavor — ranging from passion fruit to avocado — or sweet condensed milk. The most fun part of consuming this addicting, sugary delicacy are its small and chewy tapioca balls, also commonly referred to as “pearls.” Tapioca is a starch from the South American cassava root, made up of carbohydrates.
On October 24 and 25, San Francisco’s very own Boba Guys had a second Popup Event in NYC at the LMHQ event space. It was time for me to finally cave in to the wild hype, and excessive amount of Instagram photos of Boba Guys milk tea all over my feed. There’s a more than slight chance Boba Guys is going to open in New York, possibly near NYU. Don’t get me wrong, Kung Fu Tea on campus is both wonderful and extremely convenient, and so is Coco in the East Village, but I’m more than ready for another option.
On Sunday, around 3 pm, the line was painfully long. I started having doubts about waiting more than thirty minutes for one drink, when I had piles of essays waiting for me. Thankfully, to my delight, the staff outside was extremely accommodating, handing out free Pocky — Japanese chocolate coated biscuits!
When we took the elevator up to the 20th floor, we were greeted by soft live music and a very soothing ambiance, ringing with faint chattering in the background. The featured musician was a modern folk pop artist, Mara Measor, who sang a beautiful rendition of “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” After more waiting, we finally reached the counter. Even though there were only five items on the menu, my indecisive self took a painfully long time to choose. Because it was my very first time at Boba Guys, I ordered the original Classic Milk Tea.
If I could describe Boba Guys’ milk tea in one word, it would be hearty. Compared to drinks at other bubble tea houses, the “tea” aroma was stronger. The earthy taste was a pleasant surprise, as I’ve become so accustomed to the artificial flavored powder tang. Boba Guys does not use powder, only loose leaf teas, organic milk, and homemade syrup. While I followed the recommendation of fifty percent sweetness for my drink, I would suggest sixty percent after having tasted the tea. This may be due to my sweet tooth, an arch enemy, but I found fifty to be a little bit too bitter.
As per custom, my favorite part of the drink was the sweet and milky aftertaste of the chewy tapioca balls. I actually counted how many “chews” it took me to fully consume one tapioca ball, and it ended up being twenty. The tapioca balls are, presumably intentionally, overcooked to produce this soft and squishy texture. To get the optimal taste, let your beverage sit for a minute or two, in order for the syrup to fully dissolve, and the ice to cool the lukewarm drink. Also, if you ever get bubble tea for takeout, ask for no ice: if the tapioca balls sit in the cold tea for too long, they will harden which is disappointing.
Tea People, a sister company to Boba Guys, is available at the LMHQ center open Monday to Friday from 8AM to 6PM. While we wait for Boba Guys, happy sipping!
a Korean American girl who has a flair for defying stereotypes (she is also currently on the unending quest for the best avocado smoothies) Other quirky obsessions include: beatbox flute, Amy Winehouse, and bagels.
Media Culture Communication Major '19, Minor in East Asian Studies