I only know a handful of people who don’t like boba; if you’re one of these people, I just have no idea what to tell you. A majority of people I know love boba and might even be addicted to it (I know I am). Being Asian American automatically means you’ll be hanging out at boba places with your friends, trying all of the different drinks, and even studying at your favorite spot. Some Asian Americans that loiter boba places are called ABGs . In this case, I have fallen a victim to the ABG lifestyle – I am an Asian Boba Girl. That’s not really what the acronym stands for, but for the sake of the blog/segment, that’s what it’ll be.
Welcome to my series, Asian Boba Girl, where I’ll be exploring various boba shops, cafes, dessert places, and more (this series is not just limited to boba!).
My first stop was to Simplee Boba, a South Pasadena boba shop with clean intentions! The interior is screaming for pictures; a red brick wall and potted plants cater to those with an eye for aesthetics. The owner, Edmond Yu, wanted Simplee Boba to be, well, simple! Edmond grew up in South Pasadena and felt that the opportunity to serve his own community was something he had to take. Serving a diverse community, Edmond hopes that Simplee Boba will be able to serve them for years to come. Their drinks looked and tasted spectacular; not only that, but they’re made with care. Edmond wants his drinks to be high quality; and his product shows just that. In this day and age, the demand for healthier options has skyrocketed, and for good reason! That’s why Simplee Boba uses simple ingredients and even offers almond milk (for free!) for you non-dairy people!
“I wanted to make our drinks out of natural and organic ingredients because your drinks should just be simple, pure, and delicious. I felt this would not only be healthier, but also tastier. Our ingredient list avoids artificial coloring and artificial flavoring. I can tell you that if you go into many of our competitors for a drink, more likely than not, your drink was made from a powdered or syrup-based form. Nothing in our store is made from ‘instant mixes’, our teas and coffee are brewed in the morning, and our boba is simmered to perfection.”
You heard it here first, folks. Simplee Boba is simple in all the right ways. While I was there, I got to try their “matcha macchiato,” which was delicious! Perfect consistency of boba and a good matcha flavor that some places lack. What makes it even better was knowing the high quality of the ingredients! I also got to try their matcha “bubble waffle” with vanilla ice cream and unlimited toppings! Although bubble waffles are a pretty traditional Asian dessert, they’ve been very “in.” The texture of the bubble waffles PLUS the contrast between warm waffle/cold ice cream was heaven; I’d totally recommend this. All in all, my message would be to SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES! Edmond cares a lot about the quality of his drinks and this quaint store in the city shows it all.
Simplee Boba | 954 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030 | (626) 817–2622