Food Trend: Bubble Tea
The English have their tea, Italians their espresso; Australians their coffee, and the Taiwanese have their bubble tea. This plastic cup filled to the brink with your choice of tea and chewy tapioca balls is the craziest imported beverage trend that’s swept this country in years. We can safely say this is currently Jakarta’s favorite virgin drink, so here’s where to get your cuppa – if you’re up for it.
Calais Artisan Bubble Tea
With life quotes written on cute moustache-themed plastic cups (a delight in itself, really) and a huge range of flavors, Calais is a must-try. Order yours large and sip on what their most famous flavours: signature rock-a-salt green tea with some whip cream or honey dew milk tea for a fruity twist.
Calais Tea, Central Park Mall, Jl.Jend.S.Parman Kav. 28, p. +62 21 292 00 289 and please see website for more outlets.
The cozy interior, green and white-wired stools, and an umbrella over every table is just one reason to get your bubble tea fix at Bobabits. They also have fried snacks to go with your drink. Can’t decide between a drink and dessert? Get the best of both worlds with the Creme Brulee tea with egg pudding or Red Velvet milk tea.
Bobabits, Ruko crown golf B2, Pantai Indah Kapuk, p. +62 82112348887.
A creatively science themed interior and scientists in lab coats preparing your drink (served in plastic measuring cylinders) adds a fun edge to bubble tea. We recommend the rose milk tea or fresh yoghurt tea, and enjoy them on periodic tables (literally). There’s enough bubble tea chemistry for everyone.
The Lab, Ruko Crown Golf Block D No. 29, Pantai Indah Kapuk, p. +62 81187 72837.
Lactose intolerant? No worries, Boba Inc has the best selection of fresh fruit teas and toppings aside from the usual tapioca balls, like pink chewy balls, strawberry flavoured ones, and even grass jelly bobas. A really refreshing option is the champagne grape and apple tea with ice jelly.
Boba Inc, fX Lifestle X’nter, p. +62 21 9068 0646. Please see website for other outlets.
Chocolate lovers, quench your thirst with one delicious drink from Capital Tea -the Chocolate fresh milk tea. It’s an entire new curious combo of chocolate, tea, and fresh milk that’s an acquired taste. We can totally drink it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Capital Tea, PX Pavilion at The St. Moritz #L1-11, p. +62 21 7126 6850. Please see website for other outlets.
Top image: Boba Inc