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Boba/Pudding tea? Long Beach -> OC -> San Diego

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Im not a big fan of the tapioca pearls that make Boba truly Boba tea. But I went to a place in the SF area last year that had a wide selection of things you could put in your tea (I think there was a place like it on sawtelle in W. LA too)
One of my favorites was to put Chocolate pudding in my tea... but I haven't found another "boba" place that does this.
I split my time all over south western California - Long Beach to OC to SD -- along the coast. I almosy never go into LA proper anymore.
any suggestions along the way?

Thanks

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  1. Tapioca Express is a chain and they have chocolate pudding boba, among a million other things. There is a standard menu and each branch will have their own additional menu. There are 2 in SD, one on Convoy Ave and the other in UTC in the Vons shopping Center off Nobel Drive. The Convoy one has more non-tapioca boba (apple jelly, grass jelly, coconut pearls, coffee pearls, ai-yu jelly, red beans, you name it) than the UTC one. Their website is tapiocaexpress.com. I suspect there are many branches in OC where there is a large Asian population (ie: Westminster).

    Tea House is a smaller chain. The SD location is off Clairemont Mesa Dr and the 805 freeway, across the street from Ranch 99. They may have a website too. I can't remember if they have chocolate pudding or not, but they have slightly different stuff than Tapioca Express.

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    1. re: daantaat

      I think Daantaat meant to say Tea Station, not Tea House. As far as boba in the SD area goes, I have to say that Tea Station is probably the best. Their tea is excellent and the boba has the right texture and flavor. I'm not a big fan of Tapioca Express. Their tea tastes watery and the boba is usually stale and too hard. Tea Station is probably the most authentic as well (you'll find a lot of selections on their menu that don't cater to american tastes). There are a number of locations in SoCal if you check their website.

      The other boba place that I frequent in SD is Green Tea House on Convoy. Their specialty is green boba, which I swear tastes slightly different than normal black boba although has been debated between myself and my GF. I really like their ice cream milk tea. Unfortunately, their quality has gone down since the new owners took over about a year ago. Now its kind of hit or miss but I still go there once in a while.

      1. re: mliew

        yeah, I meant Tea Station--thanks for the correction. I think I'm partial to Tapioca Express b/c I like their matcha green tea snow bubble which I haven't seen at Tea Station.

        I do think green boba tastes different than black boba--lighter, cleaner taste.

    2. I'm not sure if they offer chocolate pudding as an "add-in", but two more options are both on Clairemont Mesa Blvd - Sipz by the 805 and Fusion by Mercury Street.

      1. I figured convoy would be my best bet in SD... Thanks for those!
        I'm still looking for suggestions in OC and Long Beach though.
        I think the name of the one I used to go to in LA was Daisy? and I think it was a chain - does that sound familiar to anyone?

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        1. re: SRosie

          you might want to post your LA and OC questions on the LA Board.