Coffee & Tea

When serendipity knocks, TENJU TEA HOUSE answers

ipsedixit | Aug 7, 200710:38 AM     1

Unfortunately, my internet connection at home bonked out on me last night and I had to scramble to find a place to log-on and get some work done.

Got on my trusty Blackberry and searched on Google for free wi-fi in my neighborhood and up came Tenju Tea House.

So, off I went.

Well, a decent person can't just totally freeload off of an establishment's wi-fi connection without actually buying something, right?

Tenju Tea House, as the name suggests, specializes in tea and lots of them -- just a quick count I tallied up at least 25 or so tea selections. Lots of tea choices and they'll brew it up however you like.

But what really makes this place special is their boba. If you've been frequenting places like Lollicup or Shau Mei or Tea Station chances are you've probably either (1) forgotten what a real boba tea should taste like or (2) never had the chance to do so in the first place.

Boba is NOT supposed to be tooth-achingly sweet. You should be able to taste tea, yes, tea. And the boba should be soft on the outside, but chewy (not rubbery) in the middle, with just a hint of tapioca. Most commercial, chain boba stores have these balls that are either mushy or distant cousins of jaw-breaker candies. Plus, their boba is made fresh, not scooped up from some bag distributed by the Asian equivalent of Sysco.

Being late at night, and watching my girth, I didn't get to sample any of their snacks, which all looked pretty good and smelled great. Popcorn chicken is something I'm definitely have to go back and try. And, they also have this hotdog with a cucumber -- sort of a Chicago-lite.

Check it out for yourself. Cheers.

Tenju Tea House
5817 Rosemead Blvd, Temple City, CA 91780

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