I love tapioca pudding, but I am *not* crazy about boba (or bubble) tea. My husband likes it, though. He also jokingly refers to tapioca pudding as "fish eyes in glue," which sounds awful, but is still pretty funny to me.
A good tapioca pudding should have a good creamy vanilla pudding base. Since this will be the predominant flavor, it's a good idea to use the best vanilla flavoring in the pudding. Tapioca doesn't have much flavor of its own, so good vanilla is a must.
Vanilla is easy to make at home, by the way. Just get a vanilla bean (most organic stores have them), spilt it and put it in a bottle of vodka. Let the bottle sit in a cool, dark place for a couple of weeks and bingo! Homemade vanilla – and it’s good stuff.