This Monterey Park Tea Shop Serves Fresh, House-Made Boba

Malia Wooten Malia Wooten

This Monterey Park Tea Shop Serves Fresh, House-Made Boba

From matcha, black sesame, taro, to red beet – there’s a flavor for everyone at One Zo!

Unlike most boba shops in LA that serve prepackaged boba, One Zo has complete control over the boba-making process leading them to offer a variety of bright flavors! By adding ingredients like matcha powder or black sesame seeds, the Monterey Park tea shop has the ability to change the flavor of boba itself.

If you’re an avid boba drinker, you’ve probably grown accustomed to boba that is black in color generally coming from the black sugar used to flavor it. When boba is prepackaged it typically contains preservatives that give it a shelf life of one or two years, but One Zo eliminates preservatives by making small batches every day to serve fresh. Additionally, the pearls are a lot softer than what you’d find at other shops.

Flavors are added to the tapioca starch during the boba-making process to create the flavored “dough” which takes on the color of whichever ingredients are being added giving it a green, purple, red, or grayish hue! One Zo has experimented with making around 15 different flavors, aiming to eventually serve multi-layered boba which would contain two to three flavors in one pearl.

There’s even an open area where customers can occasionally watch boba being made while waiting on their drinks. If you’re having a hard time deciding what flavor is right for you, ask to sample a few before putting in your order!

Location: 500 N Atlantic Blvd #168, Monterey Park, CA 91754. See it on Google maps.
Hours: Sun-Thurs from 12p to 10p, Sat-Sun from 12p to 11p.

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