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Pho Hoa Hiep II and i-Cafe on Irving St/Sunset, also bubble tea question

I went with two friends last night to Pho Hoa Hiep II...one friend had been there before. One friend and I split two beef pho, one with meatballs, one with thin sliced steak (served raw on the side). Overall a pretty good bowl of pho, though not the best I've ever had. Broth seemed a bit oily (my friend who had been there before made this comment too) and wasn't as flavorful as other broth I'd had before in Boston. Still, a very nice meal. The other friend had vegetarian spring rolls which looked good, although I think they charged the same price even though she ordered them without shrimp or pork.

After dinner we headed to get bubble tea, ended up choosing i-Cafe. I had taro milk tea, friend had a passion fruit slush. The milk tea itself was okay (the purple variety, as opposed to taro flavoring mixed with real tea) and the boba were also okay, but not spectacular. They were a bit hard on the inside and a bit too mushy on the outside. The passion fruit slush was pretty good. Is this the best there is in that neighborhood?

I would love to know who's got the best bubble tea in that area....I usually order jasmine green tea, sometimes with a flavoring like taro or passion fruit, sometimes with milk and sometimes without. I'll probably be back in that neighborhood in the next few days so it would be great to know where I should head....other outstanding bubble tea recs in the city would also be appreciated (in this thread or a new one)

Pho Hoa Hiep II is on Irving St. between 19th and 20th Av, i-Cafe is also on Irving between 20th and 21st.

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  1. i like the boba at the place between 21st and 22nd(?) next to Double Rainbow.

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    1. re: kc72

      That would be Wonderful Foods between 22nd and 23rd, and yes, we cross town for the boba drinks there. Try the beef or pork jerky too.

      Wonderful Foods [Sunset]
      2110 Irving St
      San Francisco
      415-731-6889
      Locater:
      http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

    2. i agree with kc72. i believe the boba place is called world's finest/best food company.

      1. um, yeah, wonderful foods it is. and you were so close too. quite unfortunate.

        this is the place i remember bringing the whole boba thing to sf when it started many many moons ago. lines around the block. on a hot day, you still get lines out the door.

        plus you get all the candy, jerky, and sweets you could ask for in the same spot. although i bought a red bean cake thing they have and it wasn't great. not enough red bean and cake bit was a little too cakey, if that makes sense.

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        1. re: spork

          Argh, you're right, I was so close. Next time (which will probably be pretty soon) we'll head there. I will definitely report back.

        2. Dave MP -- if you get a chance, you should check out Creations on Geary. You'll find alot of Chinese desserts that you won't see at many places.

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          1. re: kc72

            I just googled Creations, it looks good. I'll head that way soon.

            1. re: Dave MP

              If you go to Creations, you MUST get the sago which is so much better than any boba anywhere. And get the mango mochi.

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

              1. re: rworange

                Totally - the Mango Mochi are divine!

                But the one they do with the mango puree, diced mango, mochi balls and mango sorbet/gelato is out of this world.

                CAUTION: Just remember that they don't open until 2:00 pm -and be very careful with the parking meters in that area - they tag very agressively and a parking ticket I believe is about $50...

          2. I like Double Rainbow bubble/boba tea, especially their tapioca balls. Don't get the shave ice as the ice shaver is more like ice crusher--not very good at all.