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Tapioca Express Offers the Choicest Boba Drinks
By Connie M. Castro

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You seem to find them everywhere: Boba drinks with "pearl" or tapioca balls in the milk tea or coffee being served in your local Asian neighborhood. I found one such hangout in the University Towne Center, popular with all ages alike, from thirsty kids to college students to the adventurous elderly. Tapioca Express, located at 7770 Regents Road, Ste. #101 and also on 4646 Convoy St., Ste. #106B. Tapioca Express offers the most delicious drinks for pearl tea lovers.

Each milk tea is mildly sweet to sweet, but nothing is too overpowering at Tapioca Express. Slurping up the boba at the bottom of your drink is just like an extra treat. My personal favorite is the taro milk tea made from the purple taro root. I noticed how the drinks served here are typically creamier than other cafes providing the same drinks. The tapioca balls are also more chewy and less soggy.

Boba is served in all 150 different drinks, from milk tea or coffee to snow bubbles (also called slushies) and fruit juices on the menu. The milk tea or coffee is prepared hot or iced. My second favorite drink at Tapioca Express, the strawberry slushie, has the fruitiness intact and is just like a virgin margarita to me. My friend recommends passion fruit boba for those feeling a little adventurous. The taste is quite tantalizing. The price range for most drink items is modestly priced at $1.95 to $2.95 with an extra $0.25 for the tapioca balls.

For a snack food, try the pepper crispy chicken for $4.26 (includes tax), with your choice of non-spicy, mild or spicy. I enjoy the chicken spicy the most. I find that nothing is better than drinking your pearl milk tea with the pepper crispy chicken, as the sweetness of the milk tea compliments the spiciness of the chicken. Another snack food to try is ramen noodles. A little pricey, as ramen noodles go, but the texture of the noodle is very good. Noodles are the best because they are long and chewy. Snacks and appetizers start from $1.50 and go up to $4.26.

The boba craze first started in Taiwan, before spreading to the rest of Asia. In the late 1990s, the trend expanded to the West and East coasts with numerous mom and pop Asian-style cafes featuring this beverage. Tapioca Express is a franchise chain with fifty stores on the West coast.

Tapioca Express is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to midnight on most days except Sunday, when they are open for business at noon. The cafe interior provides a relaxed environment for people hanging out with friends or enjoying a nice drink alone.

By Connie M. Castro
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