As much as I enjoy Eden Center in Falls Church, the thought of getting in the car and driving out there every time I want a bubble tea isn’t appealing. Especially if there’s traffic.
That’s why I’m so ecstatic to know that honest-to-goodness bubble tea can be had in DC — not only that, but a mere 15-minute walk from where I live. Am I excited? Hell yeah!
I’ve sampled two bubble teas in the District in the past week — the first was at Shanghai Tea House in Glover Park. This was the large papaya flavor.
It arrived with ice in this cool-looking green glass. Milk based, with a nice mellow flavor. Less sweet than other teas. The tapioca pearls were cooked just right and I eagerly slurped them through the giant straw.
My friend and I also each ordered soup dumplings. Bubble tea and soup dumplings are the perfect afternoon snack.
This second bubble tea spot is in Adams Morgan at Kogibow Bakery. Many a time I’ve walked by or ridden past on the Circulator bus, spotted “Bubble Drinks” on their sign and thought, I’ve GOT to stop in there.
Here’s their list of bubble teas:
And my pineapple flavor.
So refreshing on a warm day. Definitely contained real pineapple juice too, not artificial flavoring. The tapioca pearls were a little odd — chewy, but also squishy? I don’t know why, but the first bite made me think I was biting into an eyeball. Not that I have much experience with that. They weren’t that bad, really. Just not quite on par with other tapioca pearls — and they could have been sweeter.
Still, I can easily put up with eyeball-texture tapioca pearls. I happily strolled back to Woodley Park, bubble tea in hand. Now that I know about Kogibow Bakery, it’s a stroll I’ll be taking many, many times this summer.
Shanghai Tea House
2400 Wisconsin Ave.
1817 Adams Mills Rd.