After starting out with a single store in Kaohsiung in 2006, the brand has expanded to around 800 stores in 18 countries. They have more than 50 different types of drinks including milk teas, fruit teas, fruity yogurt drinks and smoothies. Crowd faves include their green milk tea, Matcha Red Bean, passionfruit green tea, Milk Tea with Herbal Jelly and lemon yoghurt.
Bubble tea (aka pearl milk tea or boba milk tea) originated in Taiwan in the 80s and draws from traditional Taiwanese tea culture. Traditionally sold by street vendors, the tea-based drinks are mixed with fruit syrup or milk to create a fusion of different flavours and textures. Chewy tapioca pearls are then added to the tea base to give the drink its distinctive “chewy bits.”
Gong Cha is one of the world’s most popular bubble tea chains and is best known for its range of traditional and more unusual flavours. Sip on one of these eight drinks, which are some of their most popular.
Gong Cha is a famed bubble tea specialty store that delivers refreshing and delicious freshly brewed drinks.
This drink is made from Gong Cha’s special green tea leaves and spring water and topped with their signature cheese milk foam. The cheese milk foam is creamy and frothy and tastes like sweet cheesecake.
This drink is made from a base of Gong Cha’s black tea leaves, milk, chocolate powder and crushed up pieces of oreo. This drink tastes like a blend of ice tea and an oreo milkshake.
This healthy drink is made with lemon juice, spring water and combined with Aiyu jelly. Aiyu comes from the gel of the seeds of a variety of fig that’s grown in Taiwan and has a tangy and sweet taste.
You choose your cup size, sweetness level and how much ice you’ll want before selecting the toppings. Here’s how to order.
There’s more than 50 different drinks to choose from. Select your favourite, or if you’re an indecisive type, choose one of the store’s recommended flavour blends that are numbered on the board.
You choose your cup size, the sweetness level and how much ice you’ll want. The sugar level comes with no sugar, little sugar, half sugar, less sugar or standard sugar. While you can choose your ice level to be no ice, little ice, less ice or standard ice.
Add toppings to add flavour and texture to your drink. You can choose from add-ons like tapioca pearls, basil seeds, coconut and lychee jelly, oreo bits, pudding and red beans, or try their famed milk foam, matcha milk foam or cheese milk foam.
Wait as your customised drink is made fresh in front of you. Then grab a straw and sip away.
Gong Cha is one of the world’s most popular bubble tea chains and is best known for its range of traditional and more unusual flavours.
The tea bar also prides itself on giving bubble tea enthusiasts healthier and more tailored drink options.
You are the master of your drink – you choose your cup size, sweetness level and how much ice you’ll want before selecting the toppings.
There’s a mind-blowing number of teas and add-ons, so if you’re an indecisive type, choose one of the store’s recommended flavour blends that are numbered on the board.
Get adventurous with Gong Cha’s different toppings like their tapioca pearls, basil seeds, coconut and lychee jelly, oreo bits, pudding and red beans.
Try their famed milk foam, matcha milk foam or cheese milk foam, which add flavoursome frothy and creamy bubbles on top of your tea. Staff make all of the pearls and toppings each day.
The most popular cuisine of Taiwan
Braised pork rice
The culinary philosophy in Taiwan is to eat often and eat well. In the capital, Taipei, there are about 20 long streets dedicated to just food. Due to its geographic location – just a few hundred kilometres from the Chinese coast – Taiwanese food has a mash-up of different cuisines from mid to southern provinces of China, but most notably from the Min Nan, Teochew and Hokkien Chinese communities. Japanese food influence also exists from the 50 year period when Taiwan was under Japanese rule, and many Japanese cooking techniques are used. Pork, seafood, chicken, rice, and soy are very common ingredients. Beef is far less common, and some Taiwanese still refrain from eating it. Taiwan also produces a huge variety of vegetables and tropical fruits. Living on a crowded mountainous island, the Taiwanese had to look away from farms for sources of protein, and as a result, seafood is prominently used and is plentiful and very fresh. In many of their dishes, the Taiwanese have shown their creativity in their selection of spices and rely on an abundant array of seasonings for flavour. Along with flavour, Taiwanese people love texture. They especially crave the “QQ” food texture, which is a phrase that refers to something that is especially chewy, like tapioca balls in bubble tea.