TaiwaneseAmerican.org’s Ho Chie Tsai and his bubble tea tasting team visit with The Boba Guys, Andrew Chau and Bin Chen. In late 2011, they launched their “pop-up” bubble tea shop in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District to rave reviews. Guest correspondent Kristina Lin from Taipei, Taiwan joins the team and shares her thoughts about the experience. Watch the video, and read on!
Having lived six years in Taiwan, the motherland of Pearl Milk Tea / Bubble Tea / Boba, I tried my best to avoid consuming any here in the States, lest it diminish my love for this national beverage. But when I heard that TaiwaneseAmerican.org was interviewing the Boba Guys down on 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, I thought it would be really interesting to tag along as a part of their film production crew. What better way to bond with my fellow Taiwanese Americans than over fresh-made bubble tea?
Located at the entrance of the restaurant Ken Ken Ramen, the Boba Guys’ drink shop was where we conducted our interview. I was rather intimidated when I first met up with the team and the Boba Guys, as they were all much older than me, so I resorted to taking photos and recording candid videos. We spent the first half of our time together just getting to know Andrew Chau, Bin Chen, and their enterprise, from the meaning behind their lab coats to the identity of their mascot.