How many possible tea drink variations can there be? At Tapioca Express, the menu offers close to a hundred different options, including flavored milk teas, fruit flavored teas, and snow bubbles. With so many choices, you’re bound to find one you like.
The milk teas are a popular option. The original milk tea ($2.95 -- pictured above) is made of a brewed black or red tea mixed with condensed milk. There are many fruit and non-fruit flavors of milk teas offered such as mango, strawberry, chocolate, and chai, just to name a few. If you like some texture while you drink, all drinks add some chewy tapioca balls or flavored jellies (like mango, green apple, strawberry, lychee) for an additional 35 cents.
For a tasty indulgence, I suggest a Snow Bubble ($3.50-$3.95). These slushy drinks are made with shake powder mix blended with ice, which tastes like a cross between a slushie and a milkshake. My favorites are mango or matcha green tea (pictured above, on the right).
While you are there, you may want to order some crispy chicken as a snack. Little nuggets of chicken are fried and then sprinkled with red chili pepper powder, but watch out -- they're highly addictive.
Whether you need an afternoon pick-me-up, or a place to gather with friends for a post dinner hangout, the tasty tea drinks at Tapioca Express make it a fun choice.
There are four locations in San Diego, including La Jolla, Kearny Mesa, National City, and Rolando.
Photographs by Jennifer Lee
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