Kaki bobas must read!
Posted on 10 June 2019
The #1 reason that particular stretch of shops in SS15 Subang is the 9th Circle of Traffic Hell is bubble tea, and for good reason - the pursuit of great taste and Insta-worthy shots. While we certainly love our deer, tiger, bear, and dragon-themed milk teas, the boba is always tastier on the other side… the other side being Taiwan.
Being the birthplace of bubble tea, Taiwan is naturally a must-visit for boba fans because it is home to many boba pioneers and distinctive flavours that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Whether you’re in it for the fragrant milk tea, chewy pearls or the #aesthetic, here are 6 bubble tea places in Taiwan that every kaki boba should try. Let’s spill the tea.
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If you’re wondering how Tealive’s Frog Bang came to be, you will find the answer in the bustling alleyways of Gongguan Market, Taipei. Located at a street corner, Chen San Ding is one of its kind in Taiwan and the originator of Frog Bang (青蛙撞奶), which simply translates to “frog meets milk”. “Frog" represents the boba pearls that resemble the amphibian’s eyes, whereas “milk” refers to the pure fresh milk that is poured directly into the steaming hot tapioca pearls cooked in brown sugar. The result is a smooth, fragrant milky taste that is worth queueing for even on a busy Saturday afternoon. The good news is that you can usually get your drink under 10 minutes even with a long queue because the tauke supposedly moves fast.
Address: No. 2, Alley 8, Lane 316, Section 3, Luosifu Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
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With multiple branches in both Taichung and Taipei, Kebuke specialises in black tea beverages. Despite their limited menu, Kebuke still stands out among the plethora of milk tea shops because they use rich, high-quality black tea leaves to make the base of their bubble teas, resulting in a strong, fragrant aftertaste. If you’re more of a citrus fan, don’t miss out on their Lemon Black Tea, which comes with clear pearls, but you’ll have to be fast because this drink is served in limited quantities daily.
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Kebuke is also a particularly instagrammable location as it features towering shelves with rows of tea tins neatly arranged on them. It’ll be the perfect backdrop as you hold your drink up in the air with one hand and take all the shots you need with the other.
Address: No. 50, Section 1, Qinghai Road, Xitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan 407
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Milksha features assorted boba drinks that are tinted with pastel shades because of their milky base. All of the bubble teas at Milksha are made with fresh milk sourced from their own pasture farms, which will leave a creamy aftertaste in your mouth after the first sip. At the bottom of the cup, you will find their signature chewy honey pearls. What’s more, Milksha can be found in various locations around Taipei, so you won’t have to wait too long to get your drink.
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Address: No. 12, Nong'an Street, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10460
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With more than 10 outlets in Taipei alone, Chun Shui Tang is a local favourite with more than 30 years of history. Their signature is the hand-shaken Pearl Milk Tea - a recipe they perfected by mimicking how the Japanese use a shaker to craft their coffee. Azuki lovers can even add a large scoop of red bean paste to their boba tea, while those who love a sweet pink drink can opt for their Strawberry Milk Tea.
When you’re running on an empty stomach, Chun Shui Tang is also a good place to grab a snack or a meal, as many local delicacies such as grilled chicken wings and Taiwanese beef noodles are offered on the menu. Moreover, the Taichung branch of Chun Shui Tang has DIY bubble tea classes available for booking, where you will learn how to make your own boba from scratch and the story of how the brand came to be.
Address: No. 9, Dadun 19th Street, West District, Taichung City, Taiwan 403
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Founded in 2010, Jen Ju Dan is another Instagram favourite that first started as a small stall in the Taiwanese night markets. Just like Tealive or Chatime, you can choose your sugar level here to achieve that optimum sweetness. Netizens highly recommend their Brown Sugar Milk Tea, which is topped with incredibly chewy pearls, or as the Taiwanese would say: the bubbles are very “Q”.
Jen Ju Dan now has over 20 outlets across Taichung, Chiayi, Hsinchu and Taipei, making it more convenient for you to find one when visiting Taiwan.
Address: No. 200, Section 3, Xinyi Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
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Feast your eyes on some beautifully-crafted, attention-grabbing, and sometimes crazy-looking bubble teas here! Whether you like pink, purple, blue or green, Good Day Good Time Boba Tea serves bubble teas in assorted colours and signature flavours like Dragon Fruit and Milky Strawberry. Even their simplest drink, the Brown Sugar Milk Tea, is presented with a flourish - the transparent cup is rimmed with brown sugar syrup to resemble leopard skin and then topped with a thick layer of frothy milk.
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Address: No. 21-6, Lane 51, Section 1, Da'an Road | Da’an District, Taipei 106, Taiwan
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*Cover Photo Source: Nini and Blue 玩樂食記
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