Food Review: Seahorse Bubble Tea at Sin an ju in Front of Harajuku Station

22.February.2019 | FOOD

Hey, everyone. Midori here again from the MMN Editorial Team.

 

The bubble tea boom in Japan is still rife. Harajuku in particular has become a war zone with new bubble tea shops opening all the time. Si an ju is one of them and it has become popular for its delicious drink selection so I went to try it out myself!

Si an ju is located just in front of Harajuku Station. Bubble tea shops in Harajuku tend to open along Cat Street or in Ura-Harajuku. Surprisingly there was even one in front of the station so it’s safe to say bubble tea life is making progress.

To get there, exit from Harajuku Station’s Takeshita Exit, cross at the traffic lights. Turn left and you’ll be able to see the outdoor shop sign.

Also beyond that is Cafe Yolum, a South Korean cafe.

 

Related Article: Cafe Yolum: The Popular & Pretty Pink South Korean Cafe in Harajuku

At the storefront is a huge and airy bubble tea monument. Now I’m getting excited!

There are several tables inside for customers to sit down, relax and enjoy their beverages, but not many.

The menu is fairly big and they even have options without tapioca balls. The Blue Lagoon drink sounds interesting, it has a mysterious colour.

On my visit thought I ordered the shop’s recommended Brown Sugar Bubble Milk.

 

The sauce in the cup is a brown sugar sauce which together with the decorative seahorse makes it look like a coral reef. Very beautiful!

The sauce is collected at the bottom and sinking around the sides so be sure to give the drink a good mix before drinking. Compared to other bubble teas the tapioca look pretty big. They might be almost as big as the thickness of the straw.

 

Time to drink!

 

It’s pretty sweet-tasting. It’s sweet even for me who orders their bubble tea with the maximum sugar option. But it’s not an overpowering sweetness – the brown sugar has a refreshing sweet flavour. The tapioca balls are large and so are filling

The brown sugar sauce will fall and mix into the drink as you sip so it’s best to take a photo right away.

 

I visited the shop at the same time as they opened so I was able to buy my drink without waiting, but if you go on the weekend in the afternoon the lines can get pretty long, so it might be an idea to go earlier.

 

A lot of bubble tea shops open at 11:00am but Sin an ju opens at 10:00am so I recommend going there if you’re in Harajuku early in the morning when no others are open!

 

I also highly recommend it for people who like chewy tapioca balls. Be sure to pay them a visit.

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    It’s located right near the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Tourist Information Center where you’ll find us.

    Head through Takeshita Street from Harajuku Station and go down the path between New Balance and Murasaki Sports.

     

    Follow straight down and you’ll find KOI Thé on your left. Look for the big tapioca drink outside – you can’t miss it!

     

    It’s quite spacious instead and has simple decor rather than being stylish. Guys can line up without worry too.

     

    This is how the menu looks. You can adjust how much ice and sugar you want in your drink.

    I went with the classic tapioca milk tea!

    The tapioca balls here aren’t black but in fact golden. The reason they are gold is because they don’t use food colouring.

    Tapioca that is transparent like this is cute too. The balls are comparatively smaller and are chewy and taste delicious!

     

    I ordered the drink with the normal amount of sweetness and it tastes even more refreshing than at other stores. It’s a simple tapioca drink made for adults.

     

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  • Drink Tea in Style With FORTUNER tea-box’s Cheese Tea Tapioca in Harajuku

    21.September.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    Hi, everyone.  It’s Midori from the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.

     

    It’s been a trend for a while now, but tapioca shops have started popping up recently in Harajuku, and they’ve become so popular that most girls you see walking around there are drinking tapioca. Harajuku’s going through a real tapioca boom!

     

    They’re all holding cups from a number of different shops, but the one getting much attention for their cute cups is FORTUNER tea-box, so I went to take a look!

    FORTUNER tea-box is located behind the MOSHI MOSHI BOX along Tonchan Street (とんちゃん通り) on the first floor of a building called FLAG.

     

    If you walk from Murasaki Sports along Tonchan Street you’ll spot a 7-Eleven. Go past there and it’s inside Anywhere Door opposite BEAMS RECORDS.

     

    You’ll know it once you’ve passed the offices and open conference rooms and see girls holding cups.

    For those who aren’t good with tapioca, have no fear. They also serve drinks without tapioca, as well as unsweetened teas amongst other things.

    I ordered the “Cheese Tapioca Milk Tea”!

     

    At first glance you can tell it’s no ordinary tapioca milk tea, right? It has two layers with the top part being a whipped cream cheese.

     

    I wondered to myself how cream cheese could work with sweet milk tea but when I took a sip the sourness of the cream cheese and sweetness of the milk tea came together to create a deliciousl salty-sweet taste! It contains big and small chewy tapioca. You can treat it like a dessert.

     

    There are two mouthpieces on the lid and the straw is a super cute heart shape! It’s cute as well when you knock it back and get a cream cheese moustache.

    The inside of the shop too is cute and Instagram-worthy. There were lots of people taking photos when I went.

    I recommend taking a photo with the BEAMS RECORD sign behind you which is close to the shop.

     

    Buy a stylish drink with your friend and snap some photos with a snazzy background!

     

    ■Information

    FORTUNE tea-box

    Address: 3-27-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:30am-11:00pm (No Fixed Holidays)

    TEL: 03-5755-5708

    Website: http://fortuner.co.jp/index.html

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