Mr. Shake WINNER!
The boba: Soft and chewy all the way, if a little sticky and slightly too big.
The taste: This tea stands out due to its dark color. It tastes like (diluted) Thai tea. Despite being very sweet, it is oddly satisfying.
Verdict: Dark horse.
Multiple branches. Try Siam Square Soi 7, 02-658-1739. Open daily 10am-9pm
Dakasi Tea RUNNER UP!
The boba: Flawlessly munchy.
The taste: The thick milk in this foamy cup leaves an unappealing residue on the glass, but the creamy taste wins us over. All told, a well-rounded contender.
Verdict: Cream of the crop.
Multiple branches. Try 1/F, Gateway Ekamai, 982/22 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-108-2888
The boba: Set apart by their brownish-yellow color, these balls may be small but they are plentiful and pleasantly chewy.
The taste: The rich milk taste and smell overpowers the tea, though the consistency is nice and smooth.
Verdict: Smooth operator.
Multiple branches. Try 1/F, Silom Complex, 191 Silom Rd.
The boba: Chewy and a little tough on the inside. Nothing outstanding.
The taste: Although the tea has a pleasant fragrance, it starts off slightly sweet then quickly falls flat. The milk is a little watery but transports us back to childhood bowls of cereal.
Verdict: Time machine.
Multiple branches at BTS stations. Try BTS Ari and BTS Thong Lo
The boba: Pleasantly chewy, like gummy sweets.
The taste: The tea over-powers the milk and the sweetness leaves us wanting to down a glass of water.
Verdict: Next stop: diabetes.
Multiple branches at BTS stations. Try BTS Chong Nonsi and BTS Phayathai
Cha Bar YIKES!
The boba: The stingy amount of “homemade rice berry boba” are tasteless and slightly tough in texture.
The taste: Watery, bland and not nearly sweet enough. We were ashamed to find out this low-calorie tea is created for health-conscious drinkers.
Verdict: What diet?
Multiple branches. Try 1/F, Lido Connect, Rama 1 Rd., 065-937-7144. Open daily 10:30am-9:30pm