Anyplace in L.A. to get unsweetened bubble tea?
I'd like to try a bubble tea but not one made with condensed milk (evap would be OK) or honey or sugar or nondairy creamer.
Any places to recommend? Thanks.
That might be a tough order, because most all places cook the boba (tapioca) balls in a thin sugar syrup before they're cooled and added to a boba drink.
I suppose you can order a plain nonsweetened black or green tea without the boba, but then, that's just tea. And you can get that anywhere.
I apologize for complicating your question, rather than answering. I suck, I know.
I think your best bet would be to find vacuum packed boba at a Chinese market and cook it at home. There are some that are par-boiled, vacuum seal, and all you need to do is boil for 5 minutes. They will look dark and black, unlike the completely dry ones that look a little powdery and more brown.
Professor Salt is absolutely correct that a lot of places cook the boba in a sugar water, so it will always be sweet.
Green Tea Terrace will make things to order-- you have a choice of (actual) milks, sweeteners (sugar or honey, and I don't think they have agave, but the now-closed T on Fairfax did...), unsweetened-ness, etc.
That said, the boba you'll be getting was immersed in a syrup before it was dumped into your cup of unsweetened milk tea, so it'll get sweeter.
try teagarden on bev blvd.. which is moving to elixir space on melrose next month...
great spot for this and other things