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Help -- Bubble Tea or Chinese Bakeries in Connecticut?

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  • Ray Oct 26, 2004 11:43 AM
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Need help -- I love Bubble tea but I don't know anyone who sells it in CT.

I'm also looking for Chinese pastries, esp. Moon Cakes or sweet bean cakes -- will travel to anywhere in CT.

Thanks

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  1. Hello.
    there are a bunch of different Asian Grocers in W. Hartford...

    1. I've never had bubble tea, but I'd love to try it. Prompted by your message, I searched around the web and found a review on Roadfood.com of Greenwich Coffee in Cheshire. They carry bubble tea. I remember driving by it a month or so ago on my way to a fair. The building looks like it's a former 7-eleven or other convenience outlet. Check out Michael Stern's review below.

      Link: http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overv...

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      1. re: Chris M

        Bubble tea is just flavored tea mixed w/ milk or powdered creamer and has these large tapioca pearls in them which you suck through a large straw.

        The first time I had it was in NJ and it just knocked my socks off. It comes in a variety of somewhat artificial fruit flavors as well as black, red and green teas and also comes in blended fruit smoothies a new concoction folling the trend) in NYC.

        It's really good -- if that place in Chesire has it, you should try it.

        1. re: Chris M

          Greenwich Coffee in Cheshire is fine, but what is odd is that their bubble teas are blended frozen drinks and what is amusing is that they charge extra for the 'bubbles'. A Dong Market and Pho Boston, both in the Shield Street Plaza in Elmwood, make very good bubble teas. A Dong also has a decent selection of bakery items.

        2. I'd be surprised if there wasn't a boba joint somewhere in West Hartford, even if only in the back of an Asian grocery. Also, a few years ago, I had a passable boba in New Haven, served from a street cart at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. I believe the cart is regularly parked near the Medical School, but I don't know whether it is regularly stocked with boba.

          My wife and I toyed with the idea of opening a hip boba bar in New Haven a few years back, but nothing came of it. I think Lollicup or Tapioca Express or one of those West Coast chains would do a brisk business in any Eastern college town. No-brainer for Starbucks to at least give it a shot in the right areas.

          1. Ivy Noodle on Broadway in New Haven has bubble tea and lots of hip Asian (and non-Asian, too) college students drinking it. Also has extremely cheap Chinese food with soups and noodles. Diner atmosphere.

            1. Oddly enough, there's a bubble tea stand in the Connecticut Post Mall.
              Nothing fancy, but local enough to get my fix.

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              1. re: steamedbun

                Several places in New Haven sell bubble tea, all of them are pretty bad though.

                Bangkok Gardens
                Great Wall
                Jojo's
                Pot-au-Pho
                Publick Cup (may not anymore?)
                York Street Noodle House (best of the bunch)

                1. re: steamedbun

                  I have to say, I know the stand of which you speak in the Connecticut Post Mall. I tried it around Christmastime while out shopping and it was AWFUL--just sugary garbage. I didn't even finish it. There must be grades of decent bubble tea vs. just sugar water with tapioca pearls in it.

                2. Pho Boston in West Hartford was just featured in the Hartford Courant a few weeks ago in an article about bubble tea.

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                  1. re: lonborgfan

                    This might be helpful:
                    http://findlocal.courant.com/west-har...

                  2. Chang's Garden, 1244 Rt 195, Storrs, CT..(860) 487.1688 this is the only place i know of that sells bubble tea, it is also a Chinese restaurant so maybe they can help you with the bakery part!!! hope this helps ~will~

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                    1. re: french1rican

                      I prefer the bubble tea at the asian grocer that is in the Walmart/ Marshalls plaza in west Hartford Flatbush avenue area. The thing is I may just like that they have coconut there and Pho Boston does not.

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                      Pho Boston Restaurant
                      144 Shield St, West Hartford, CT 06110