Best Boba Orders According To Memphians + Where To Get It

May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. AAPI Heritage Month Memphis is doing a lot of cool things to celebrate all month long. They shared this local Boba guide that is too good not to share.


AAPI Heritage Month Memphis asked locals for their favorite recipes and a guide to locally owned AAPI shops in this Instagram post with illustrations by Erin Siao.

let's get boba graphic
Erin Siao

What’s Boba tea?

It’s a tea-based drink that originated in Taiwan in the early 80’s that is made with tea, milk, water sugar, and tapioca pearls. There are countless flavors and combinations to try.

If you’re looking for a new go-to order or to give Boba tea a try – try these orders from local Memphians!

boba tea graphic showing randy and her boba tea order
Illustration by Erin Siao

Randy Truong, Program Associate at The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis

🧋Fave Order: Brown sugar, milk tea with double Boba

graphic showing rose and her boba tea order
Illustration by Erin Siao


Rose Nguyen, Chef and Owner of Ryu

🧋Fave Order: Amazon tea (passion fruit, peach, honeydew, green tea) 50% sugar, double Boba

graphic showing verity and her boba tea order
Illustration by Erin Siao


Verity Hwang, Presentations + Engagement Manager at Orpheum Theatre Group

🧋Fave Order: Passion fruit green tea, 25% sweet with lychee jelly

Tony graphic with his boba tea order
Illustration by Erin Siao

Tony Nguyen, Bar Manager at Hen House

🧋Fave Order: Sea salt Vietnamese coffee Boba

graphic of Shameka and boba tea order
Illustrations by Erin Siao

Shameka Carter, Owner + Visual Artist of Adorn Daily

🧋Fave Order:  Rose oolong milk tea with strawberry popping Boba

Now that you have your inspired orders ready, where should you go to get Boba tea?

AAPI Heritage Month Memphis put this guide together of local AAPI-owned Boba shops.

Tenn Tea - East Memphis
Poke World - Midtown, East Memphis
Boba Society - Lakeland
Subarashi - East Memphis
Mulan Bubble Tea - Cordova

Enjoy your Boba and be sure to keep up with AAPI Heritage Month Memphis and all their happenings. As previously mentioned, they’re doing a lot of great things this month (& beyond). Memphis has a wonderfully rich AAPI community and culture. Celebrate it!

Here's our guide to all of AAPI Heritage Month Memphis' events this month.

Don’t miss out on all the Memphis goodness!

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