Saturday, May 18, 2013

Milk Tea Crazy

Tea is always a good idea. It has a distinct organic flavor plus it's healthy and soothing to the body. Having said these, however, tea is not everyone's cup of tea (Get it?). Some find it grassy or bitter and prefers sweeter drinks like frapuccinos. That's before milk tea emerged. Since this more playful, hipper beverage from Taiwan fashioned our country, Filipinos begin to drink tea more often, including me. Here's some shops I like:

1. Happy Lemon

Happy Lemon serves a lot of coffee and tea-based drinks. They have fruit teas, yogurts, and their famed rock salt and cheese items but their milk tea is also good! Their flavors are not varied enough compared to others though.

They have the basic brewed milk tea with different add-ons like beans, grass jelly, cookies, or pearls (which are delightfully small and travels smoothly through the straw). It tastes a bit bland once the ice melts but their menu is pretty affordable since your one hundred bucks can go a long way. :)

Rating: 3.25/5
*In the picture: Milk Tea with Oreo Cookies and Cream (Left), Milk Tea with Black Pearl Sago (Right).

2. Chatime 

If you're in for a good time, why not try Chatime?
Their place in Pioneer is roomy and perfect for chatting with friends. The one in SM Megamall is nice too with an iPad display so customers can browse pictures and descriptions of their wide selection of products.

Their milk teas are refreshing and creamy. I've tried some and liked their Taro and Matcha Red Bean in particular. Their prices are 100 more or less since the toppings have a separate price.

Rating: 3.75/5
*In the picture: Taro Milk Tea with Pearl and Jasmine Green Tea with Mousse (Okay so it's not milk tea but hey).

3. Gong Cha

Gong cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me? Gong cha! 

Enough with my pussycat doll commercial. Lol!

What can I say? I'm addicted to this baby. It's so silky, smooth, and flavorful! Even if you opt for their less sugar level, their milk teas taste great. They even have concoctions that are not available in other stores. So far, each time I try new flavors, Gong Cha doesn't disappoint. The price range is also within the 100 peso zone. 'Sinkers' entail additional bucks but the blends alone can satisfy. My current favorites are their GC Wintermelon, Honeydew, and Earl Grey Milk Teas. I hear their Ice Cream Milk Tea and Coconut Milk Tea are ah-mazing!

Rating: 4.25/5
*In the picture: Gong Cha Milk Wintermelon Tea

So tea is a good idea. But milk tea seems to be a better one. Slurp! :)


Happy Lemon - 2F The Block, SM North EDSA, Quezon City
Chatime - Pioneer Center Supermart, 8006 Pioneer Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City or UG Level SM Megamall A, Mandaluyong City
Gong Cha - 4F Trinoma, Quezon City

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