Get your boba fix here!
Posted on 17 June 2019
You won’t need to go all the way to Taiwan for that perfect cup of boba tea these days, but you will need to brave the traffic of SS15 and the perils of a ridiculously-long queue. From The Alley to Tiger Sugar to Gong Cha, Malaysians are willing to stand in line indefinitely for a cup of fragrant milk tea with chewy pearls... are you even Asian if you don’t?
While we continue the age-old debate of Chatime vs Tealive on the side, here are 6 more bubble tea places in Klang Valley that every kaki boba must try!
Xing Fu Tang arrived in Malaysia earlier this year and opened its first outlet at the beloved SS15 street (you know which one). Their signature is no other than the Brown Sugar Boba Fresh Milk, and they definitely don’t joke around when crafting this classic flavour. Firstly, the pearls are cooked using the traditional method - “stir-fried” in a big wok, ensuring that each boba is coated evenly with the sweet-scented syrup. After adding fresh milk and cream, their signature drink is topped with a sprinkle of brown sugar, which is then torched for a caramelised finish.
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If thinking about SS15 is giving you war flashbacks, worry not! Xing Fu Tang has since opened several outlets around KL and Selangor that certainly won’t be as sesak.
Address: Ground Floor, No. 20, Jln Radin Bagus 8, Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
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A cute name for a bubble tea shop nestled in a cute mall. Cojiitii is a homegrown brand that you can only find at The Starling Mall. Chocolate lovers should definitely try their range of cocoa beverages, which includes dark choco, hazelnut choco, and caramel choco. You can ask the friendly tearistas to add pearls to them too.
Other specialities of Cojiitii are their Cheese Cover series and Milk Cover series, which will give you the most glorious milkstache as you take a sip straight from the brim of the cup. Your milk tea is topped with a thick, gooey layer of cheese or milk froth that will melt in your mouth. It tastes fragrant and slightly salty, which complements and balances out the sweetness of the milk tea beneath it. There’s a certain technique to drinking these milk/cheese-covered drinks, so don’t be shy to ask the tearista for instructions.
Address: The Starling Mall, Lot K-F-101, Level 1 No, 6, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya
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Moojicha bubble teas have the best names, such as Margarita Cactus, Unicorn Latte, and the latest addition - Kao Ne Ne! The last one is translated from Chinese, 烤奶奶, which literally means grilled grandmother, but don’t worry! No grandmothers were harmed in the process of making this boba tea. The name Kao Ne Ne actually alludes to how the drink’s creamy white top is torched to give it a smoky aroma and taste - similar to how you’d torch a crème brûlée for a slightly-burnt fragrance. Apart from that, Moojicha is also known for its handmade crystal pearls that are translucent, creating a uniquely #aesthetic beverage.
Address: Jalan Dataran Cheras 5, Cheras Traders Square, 43200 Batu 9 Cheras, Selangor
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Black and white bobas too mainstream for you? Then be prepared to taste the rainbow at Cha Wan Jia Tea Bubble. Yet another Taiwanese brand in this list, Cha Wan Jia stands out with their pastel rainbow boba pearls that are made from scratch. Order them with clear beverages like Jasmine Tea or Oolong Tea in order to admire the colours in all their glory.
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Essentially, Cha Wan Jia is a paradise for boba connoisseurs, offering pearls that are beyond the conventional flavours, such as Dragon Fruit Pearls, Rainbow Pearls, as well as Pink Sakura Pearls inspired by the cherry blossoms in Japan.
Address: 34, Jalan SS 15/8, Ss 15, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
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Chatto is another bubble tea franchise from overseas, but - surprise surprise - it’s not Taiwan. Originating from Japan, Chatto stands out in how it uses premium tea leaves flown in from Shizuoka, Japan to craft its boba teas. Their bestsellers include the Charcoal Oolong Milk Tea and the healthier Brown Sugar Ginger Milk Tea. What’s more, you can pair your boba tea with a savoury snack like the Croissant Taiyaki, Fried Scallops, and Tempura Chicken Nuggets. If you’re feeling exceptionally hungry, Chatto also offers assorted Japanese bento boxes that you’ll fall in love with.
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Address: G-13, PV128, Jalan Genting Kelang, Taman Danau Kota, 53300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
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Going by the name KOI, one might think that this is a Japanese brand, but - dun dun duuuun - it’s another Taiwanese franchise. Having debuted in Malaysia in 2007, KOI is certainly no stranger to local kaki bobas. Known for its Golden Bubbles that come with a distinct orange tint, KOI has gained a loyal fanbase over the years and continues to attract large crowds daily. Their signature drinks include the basic Boba Milk Tea, Ice Cream Tea (a light tea topped with a scoop vanilla ice cream), and the most popular Golden Bubble Milk Tea (with red milk tea as its base). In addition to these milky bobas, KOI also offer fruit teas and coffee.
Address: Lot C42, Concourse Floor, Suria, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur
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