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black sesame ice cream/bubble tea and egg custards? where!

so i went to one plus one last weekend. the tapioca was good but i found the taro smoothie i got to be gross. pretty sure it was powder and not fresh taro.

i saw yuen yuen / ren ren on my way back to the subway station. i plan on going there on my next trip to chinatown.

Feb 12, 2009
albh in Manhattan

black sesame ice cream/bubble tea and egg custards? where!

No worries HLing, I only now checked back, so we're roughly equally lapsing haha.

I actually came across a place that served xi mi lu to go! it's the cafe to the right of vivi, i don't recall the name at the moment.

i will be in chinatown tomorrow, and will definitely check out yuen yuen and/or one plus one, and probably this taipan for their egg custard tarts.

btw, bakery town had, by far, the best egg tarts in NYC i've experienced. still not quite as good as the best in LA or the Bay Area, but excellent nonetheless.

Jan 31, 2009
albh in Manhattan

black sesame ice cream/bubble tea and egg custards? where!

thanks HLing! while I was in CA, I found a lot of boba shops didn't have small pearl tapioca / xi mi lu, so i had assumed that many out here don't either. Any other suggestions where I might find it?

i'm familiar with what xi mi lu actually is, if i could order little bowls of that alone i'd like that too, but i don't think anybody actually does that? haha

also, i can't seem to find a ren ren... where is it? or is it a ten ren? (ten rens in CA also don't serve xi mi lu).

Thanks!

Jan 17, 2009
albh in Manhattan

black sesame ice cream/bubble tea and egg custards? where!

I love how Strangette's requests are almost exactly what I'm looking for too (flaky crust egg tarts and xi mi lu), posted mere days before I came looking.

Just to confirm, Ren Ren has xi mi lu?

Thanks!

Jan 16, 2009
albh in Manhattan

What makes LA a foodie city? Tell Me

i had an argument with someone about this a few months ago (specifically about chinese food, since it's well established that korean and japanese is better in LA). i ultimately came to the same conclusion.

you don't have to go that far to find good Chinese food anywhere in the bay area. sf, peninsula, east bay, south bay, all have great stuff.

but the concentration of Chinese food in the sgv, and the pursuant fierce competition between restos, produces quality leaps and bounds better than anything the bay area has to offer.

Mar 19, 2008
albh in Los Angeles Area