Adventures in Eating & Cooking
Having Ten Ren bubble tea twice in a row totally cured my legit bubble tea deprivation in Philly. I know I haven’t posted about it yet, but Ten Ren is my absolute favorite bubble tea house ever. Its bubble tea has a genuine soothing tea flavor, which I suppose has to do with its background of selling tea leaves and ginseng.
I usually get the shaved ice because it’s the best, but since the days are getting colder I decided to stick with regular tea. Yesterday I ordered a small cup of black sesame bubble tea, my non-fruit favorite. The bubbles were as sweet and delicious as I remembered, although mushier than usual. Still, the tapioca retained the chewy elasticity characteristic of Ten Ren’s bubbles! The tea itself was rather disappointing, because despite its Ten Ren-ness and black sesame savory-sweetness, the tea was sort of watered down… Well, it still beat Green Land.
Unsatisfied with my experience yesterday, I decided to go back to the same Ten Ren today with two of my high school friends. This time I ordered a large peach (yay, my favorite!) with jellies instead of tapioca. (I actually really wanted a mix of both tapioca and jellies but I didn’t have change for the extra 50-cents.) The good thing about getting jellies instead of tapioca is that they are lighter on the stomach and teeth. They complemented the sweet peachiness quite well. I still wish I had some bubbles in there as well. Next time I’ll remember to bring an extra 50 cents with me.
Grade: A+ bubble tea!!! Well actually I think the Flushing one is more like an A compared to the Chinatown one. (They have better bubbles I think.)
Conclusion: Go to NYC for bubble tea until I find a good place in Philly.