What sets That Boba Place from those boba places is that this boba place offers popping boba. The difference between these bobas and those bobas? They’re more like gigantic balls of caviar. When you bite into one they don’t chew, they burst, like liquid-filled gel caps. Among the choices: ones that explode lychee and strawberry-flavored syrups. The membrane left behind chews like the skin of a pea. It’s frivolous, gimmicky, but hey, so are boba drinks in general. What’s not gimmicky? The typical boba joint snacks of deep fried chicken and squid, eaten with bamboo skewers and garnished the best thing of all: Thai basil leaves deep fried to papery wisps, the most innovative foodstuff this, that, or the other boba place has contributed to the culinary landscape.