- Lex Nelson
"I don't see a lot of boba places around here," she said. "Back in San Francisco they used to be on every other corner. So I thought it would be a nice venture, but at the same time I'm a coffee girl, so I couldn't give up [that]."
Boba tea, or bubble tea, is a sweet Taiwanese drink that mixes a milk base with tea, sweetener and other flavorings, served with chewy tapioca balls or fruit-flavored jellies at the bottom. While Urban Fox isn't the only boba spot in Boise (Boise Boba, Snake River Tea and a handful of Asian restaurants also offer it) it's likely one of the best researched.
"I went around Los Angeles and the Bay Area for about a month and a half, tasting the boba and looking for boba suppliers," Cho said.
- Lex Nelson
Perhaps the shop's best Asian import, though, is its sweet toast, a play on a French toast-type dessert (sans egg) popular in Japan, Taiwan and Singapore that Urban Fox makes with bread from Acme Bakeshop. Cho explained:
"Sweet toast is similar to brick toast. You get this big, thick piece of white bread, add butter, toast it [and serve it] with a little sweetened syrup on top, fruit toppings and whipped cream."
The final product was a true confection, caught somewhere between the buttery flake of a croissant and the melt-in-your mouth sweetness of angel food cake. The toast was served warm, while the almond-flaked whipped cream was cool and the diced strawberries sprinkled over the top were nearly frozen, adding another element of contrast to the dish.
Urban Fox also serves toast topped with sweetened condensed milk, and Cho said ice cream is coming soon, along with seasonal boba flavors for fall and winter.