Step aside coffee, its time for boba tea to shine now! Originating from Taiwan in the early 1980s, this thirst-quencher has become a favourite all over the world in recent years. Next thing you know, here in the streets of Kuching, boba tea shops are mushrooming with a new bubble tea/chain opening almost every month.
A classic bubble milk tea would include the main ingredients, namely tea, milk, sugar syrup and tapioca pearls. However, certain boba outlets have upped their game by adding creative variants such as taro, sago and exotic durian to their menu. Besides the obsession with chewy tapioca pearls, the ability to personalise and experiment with one’s boba drink is also what keeps attracting people to queue up whenever there’s a new boba brand in town.
With boba shops mushrooming in Kuching,
it’s only fitting that we list out some of the places to get your boba fix:
H!Caa by Hilxon’s
This Sarawakian born and bred brand is definitely a crowd favourite. No one does French crème like H!Caa does in its H!Caa Crème Signature. It tastes like cake in a cup but with a lighter consistency. Their popular Cheezo Black Party, is definitely recommended. For the ultimate instagrammable boba parlour experience, head down to H!Caa Inspiration @ Icom Square. Its pink-toned neon décor will set your Insta-game on fire. (FB : @hicaaicomsquare • @HiCaaVivaCityMegaMall • @hicaaemporium)
When boba tea first exploded as a lifestyle here, there were many questions and doubts on the combination of cheese and milk tea. But now, it is no longer alien in Sarawak especially with presence of Regiustea, the pioneer of cold brewed cheese tea. Whether you order Harimau Pearl Milk Tea or Lychee Black Tea, go ahead and pair it with their signature creamy cheese foam. Enjoy it by chugging your cheese tea from the cup, unbothered by the moustache cheese foam you’ll get on your upper lip. (FB : @regiusteakuching)
Some people find it hard to go about their life without getting their bubble tea fix and not feeling guilty about it afterwards. But thanks to Chatto’s philosophy on ‘controlling their sweetness level’ and their healthy series, you can now enjoy this trendy drink minus the guilt! Their Charcoal Pearl Oolong Tea and Brown Sugar Ginger Milk Tea will make you look at boba differently. (FB : @chattokuching)
This brand is no stranger to boba tea’s capital, Taipei. Specialising in authentic Taiwanese taste, Chun Yang is well-loved among prominent Taiwanese celebrities, like Jay Chou. When the heat gets too much, relief comes in the form of Chun Yang’s signature Black Tea Cheese Macchiato or the recommended Sugar Cane Green Tea. (FB : @ChunYangTeaKCH)
Numerous eateries have tried to incorporate boba pearls in their menu but it simply did not take off with most people’s palate. But that’s not the case for Moge Tee. Their tried and tested boba soufflé will complement your boba drinking experience. Fluffly as a pillow, the lightness of this soufflé will melt like a cloud in your mouth. For exciting Moge Tee boba flavours, try their Taro Bubble Milk and Crème Brulee Milk Tea. With the promise of zero trans fat in their drinks, every sip can be enjoyed guilt-free. (FB : @mogeswk)
Macao Imperial Tea
Macao Imperial Tea is one of the fastest growing bubble tea chains here, and has steadily gained its own spot. Macao’s strength lies in its reasonably priced menu. We recommend Black Pearl Milk Tea and Cake Pearl Milk Tea. For those seeking an out of-the-box boba experience, we dare you to add the ‘red bean’ topping to your selected bubble tea drink. (FB : @Macao Imperial Tea Malaysia (Saradise) • @Macao Imperial Tea Malaysia (Cityone))
Xing Fu Tang
Taiwan’s Number 1 milk tea brand has gotten fellow Kuchingites lining up weekends after weekends when it first opened. Their Brown Sugar Boba Milk is famous for its swirled caramelised brown sugar pearls that is stir-fried in a wok in front of customers. Compared to other boba outlets, Xing Fu Tang’s drinks are not customisable. But fret not, because sugar-level wise is not too cloying, but rather well balanced. Don’t forget to pull one of their red fortune-telling sticks for a magical surprise. (FB : @xingfutangkuching)
This Malaysian homegrown brand is not afraid to experiment. Accurate to their testament of ‘always more than tea’, Tealive is always popping up with creative concoctions such as their Duriang Milk Tea, made from exotic Durian D24. Slurping wobbly jelly in their Classic Roasted Milk Tea with Grass Jelly is just so satisfying! Fairly priced, one cup of Tealive with the addition of their ‘on the go’ Collagen, Antioxidants, Protein or Energy booster sachets will not burn a hole in your wallet. (FB : @tealiveasia)