I've long been a browser of chowhound, and finally decided to make an account to see if my burning question could be answered. I love milk tea, from bubble/boba tea shops, but the closest to me is a 40 minute drive over the bridge into San Francisco. I have tried recreating it at home but can't get the right flavor. I've tried evaporated milk, regular milk, sweetened condensed milk, and creamer; regular english breakfast tea, Ten Ren tea bags, special "golden milk tea leaves" from a bubble tea supply website; and so on. Nothing is right.
I'm wondering if anyone knows what kind of tea leaves these bubble tea shops use, when they don't use premade mixes? I especially adore the milk tea at Wonderful Foods, and would love to know what kind of tea they use.
I'm fairly certain most bubble tea shops use creamer, but Wonderful Foods might use real milk. I also am considering trying out fructose as a sweetener option.
Thanks for the help