I am so sad. This place is not ready for prime time. I had been meaning to try this place because I love Asian food and I really really love bubble tea and they had both.
First: the bubble tea -- comes from a powder. Not a good sign. I don't think Alexandrians are hip to bubble tea yet because they told me that it would take 5 mins to cook the tapioca balls -- must not be a big seller. Second, the guy said that it would be his first time making it. I tried the Chai flavored powder. While I was waiting, I ordered a shrimp spring roll. (actually a salad roll) This was made to order, using sushi shrimp, which would have been fine but these were tasteless. It was so loosely constructed, it fell apart when I bit into it. No sprouts, no mint, no chives.... it was so bland. The homemade peanut sauce was fiery. Much too spicy. I'll stick with hoisin and crushed peanuts. And the rice paper was still stiff and tough.
Worst: the bubble tea--- the guy gave me the drink with the straw upside down, so I nearly cut my lip on the business end of the straw. I had to flip it right side up with my fingers. The tea was so sugary and sweet that literally when I smacked my lips, they were glued together. It was like drinking sugary non dairy creamer (which, essentially, was what it is)
The tapioca bubbles were undercooked and raw, gritty, and hard in the middle. All in all, a mess. I guess I'll have to continue making the trek out to Eden center for my boba cravings!
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