It might seem as if Chinese tea shops have always been ubiquitous in Southern California now, but in 1999 when this Tapioca Express opened, I remember the sealed lids were quite a sensation. As was the $1.99 price tag.
It's funny because I remember when Tapioca Express opened up, my friend had a friend who was on a date and my friend called me specifically to ask for directions to here. It's so tiny that I can't imagine wanting to linger there now, much less on a date.
That's it. So few chairs and tables.
This was when lil' sis and the older '88 went to get drinks. I was lazy and gave her my camera to take photos for me.
See? Those sealed lids were quite avant garde in the late 1990s. Now every other place has copied them.
The usual assortment of teas, with and without boba.
What I like best here, that I haven't seen at any of the other Tapioca Express locations, are the green beans. Deep fried until the skins are wrinkly and then dusted in the spice powder they put on the popcorn chicken.
Other tea shops:
Half & Half Tea House - Monterey Park
ID Cha House - San Gabriel
Le Arbre Tea House - Rosemead
Lollicup Tea Zone - Westminster (Little Saigon)
Tea Station - Alhambra
228 W. Valley Blvd., #105
Alhambra, CA 91801
1 year ago today, Malaysian Mango Chicken Curry.
2 years ago today, Claro's Italian Market - San Gabriel.