My first Bubble Tea!
Tried my first bubble tea (boba, pearl tea, milk tea, bubble drink, zhen zhu nai cha) tonight at CJ's Cafe. I had green apple and husband had mango. We enjoyed it very much but could have done without the tapioca balls. Cj's doesn't have much ambiance but it's fine and close by to where we live. We walked over to Relaxation (Relaxstation, whatever it is) and it looked a little prettier in there and there was no loud music.
So I'm wondering if it would be totally tacky to order one without the bobo (pearls)?
I actually indoctrinated several co-workers into the boba experience today at Tapioca Express in Gardena. We ordered the Green Bean Tea (too pasty for me), Plum Kumquat (WAY too sweet, despite asking for low-sugar -- maybe they misunderstood and added extra sugar), and plain old coffee.
All came with boba but at Tapioca Express, each customer is routinely asked if they want the boba so many people do not bother with it. Go ahead! Order without it and don't fear....
As a long time fan of tapioca, I've considered skipping the tea rather than the 'boba', but I guess that would be a bit gooey. By the way, I suggest that you try the combination tea and coffee - pretty good. At least it's something different and not yet another soft drink.
"Without the tapioca it's just tea or a smoothie"
I suppose that is one way of looking at it although I would never confuse the drinks at XYZ tea house (without the boba) with Starbucks or Jamba Juice - Just as Disneyland without Mickey Mouse is not Magic Mountain.
There are several different types of drinks to choose from and asking it without boba is neither a faux pas nor will it gather you looks of distain. As the commercial goes...obey your thirst.
Since we are chowhounds, and not foodies, we shouldn't care if it's tacky - order what you like, and enjoy the experience. That's what food is all about - enjoyment. Go for it!