Enjoy an Original Take on Taiwanese Local Summer Food & Bubble Tea in Japan

09.June.2019 | FOOD

Taiwanese café Chun Shui Tang is juicing up summer by releasing summer-limited drinks from Monday 10th June 2019. This includes Mango Milk Bubble Tea, which is a favourite year after year. There is also a new drink on the menu: the Fig and Mango Jasmine Tea.

 

A summery food menu will also be released on the same day menu featuring two cold noodle dishes with summer toppings. One is served with a soy milk cheese sauce and a soft-boiled egg, and the other comes with summer vegetables and shirasu (small baby sardines). All these summer foods and drinks will only be available in Japan for a limited period only!


Left: Mango Milk Bubble Tea ¥650 (+ tax)       Right:    Fig Mango Jasmine ¥550 (+tax)

These drinks are overflowing with juicy mango and are out again this year, however they are only available at Chun Shui Tang in Japan and for a limited period. The Mango Milk Bubble Tea has a mild touch of sourness and a luxurious amount of rich mango. This is blended with aromatic Jasmine tea and topped generously with cream and mango sauce. This is one refreshing drink.

 

The Fig Jasmine Tea is a variation of the popular mango drink. Enjoy the refreshing flavour of jasmine tea and mild-flavoured mango combined with the fun texture of the Jasmine tea and Fig jelly. With a touch of freshly-squeezed lemon to make it even more refreshing, this drink will breathe the life back into you on a hot summer’s day.

 

This summer, Japan’s Chun Shui Tang is introducing two of Taiwan’s popular local dishes but with an original twist. The liang miàn (cold noodle) dishes are made with an original blend of spices and sauces and served with a generous serving of vegetables. Enjoy mixing you cold noodles with the delicious toppings!

 

Come enjoy this summer menu which is limited to Chui Shui Tang cafés in Japan.

Left: Soy Milk & Cheese Sauce Cold Noodles with a Soft-Boiled Egg: ¥850 (+tax)

Right: Summer Vegetable Cold Noodles with Summer Vegetables & Baby Sardines: ¥800 + (tax)

In the left image of the soy milk and cheese sauce noodles, the cheese adds a beautiful accent to the mild soy milk in the sauce. The somewhat salty miso-marinated meat and soft-boiled egg also accent the flavour, allowing you to enjoy the changing flavour as you mix your meal. The meal is topped with plenty of tomatoes and white radish sprouts. What a hearty meal!

 

The summer vegetables and shirasu cold noodles are served in a lightly seasoned chicken soup broth that is full of flavour. Colourful summer vegetables such as tomatoes, lady’s fingers and white radish sprouts are generously piled on top of the noodles. Enjoy the feeling of eating a refreshing salad. A dash of lemon is added to the shirasu sardines just before serving so you can enjoy the refreshing and salty taste which is perfect to satisfy your hunger during the hot days.

 

Liang miàn is a very popular local dish in Taiwan. Just by walking the streets, you will notice a countless number of restaurants and food stalls selling liang miàn. You can easily make an order and then choose your favourite toppings such as marinated or salted ground meats, chicken, and vegetables such as cucumber. Mix all the ingrediets together and enjoy your meal. Afterwards, you will feel very refreshed. As Taiwan is particularly hot, these cold noodles are very effective at bringing back your appetite on a hot day.

 

Come enjoy Taiwanese local food and bubble tea! 

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  • Taiwan’s Favourite Brown Bubble Milk Tea Drink Arrives in Tokyo’s Korea Town Shin Okubo

    02.June.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hey everyone! This is Midori from MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON’s Editorial Department!

    Tapioca is really booming in Japan! But it’s not just Japan… there’s a tapioca craze all over Asia! Tapioca drinks from Taiwan and many other countries are gradually arriving in Japan! Today I just had to try a drink from Taiwan’s incredibly famous shop Fukkadan, which is booming with popularity in Korea! No wonder there’s a Fukkadan located in Tokyo’s largest Korea Town Shin Okubo! I hurried over as fast as I could.

     

    Fukkadan is located along Okubo-dori Street, which is one of the main streets of Shin Okubo. As you exit Shin Okubo station, take a right turn and after a short walk… you’re there!

    It’s a small shop and you can’t drink in, so be careful to not miss it!

    You just have to see the pan full of tapioca pearls!

    There are five drinks on the menu ranging from brown sugar tapioca to matcha. I just had to go for the brown sugar tapioca milk tea. By looking around me, this does seem like a popular drink. You cannot customise the amount of ice or syrup in your drink.

    The luxurious shop logo is the perfect place for a picture! There’s also something written in Hangul under the logo! How rare!

    The gradation of colours of the brown sugar tapioca and the syrup is so cute! I chewed the tapioca balls to find that the brown sugar flavour completely penetrates through them. This sweet drink is very refreshing and delicious! You can really taste the milk of the milk tea. Overall, it’s quite sweet…like a brown sugar latte. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this drink has you name written all over it!

     

    While you’re strolling the streets of Shin Okubo, this tapioca milk tea is the perfect companion! It offers a unique flavour that you absolutely must try! How about comparing it to a Korean tapioca drink ??

  • Tairaku Tea: Ikebukuro’s New Taiwanese Tapioca Sweets Shop

    09.May.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Tairaku Tea is a shop originating in Taiwan that makes homemade tapioca sweets. They opened a new branch in Japan near Naka-ikebukuro Park on April 27.

     

     

    All the tapioca used in the shop is made specially made tapioca flour all directly imported from Taiwan.

    This flour is used to make homemade tapioca pearls every morning, meaning they are fresh and irresistibly chewy. While in the shop, there’s also a chance to see the pearls being made. The machine filers the flour through and turns it into cute colourful balls♡

    The menu is centred around “Brown Sugar Tapioca Milk Tea.” You can pick from three different milk teas including Assam, jasmine and houjicha. For the tapioca pearls you can choose brown sugar black pearls or clear honey pearls.

     

    These fresh and delicious drinks are worthily Instagrammable. One sip will have you transported onto the streets of Taiwan―and completely addicted.

  • Taiwanese Ice Cream Shop NINAO Gelato Debuts Japanese Branch in Sangenjaya

    24.September.2018 | FOOD

    Taiwan’s crazy popular ice cream shop NINAO Gelato is opening its first ever branch in Japan. The grand opening of the new shop, which will be located in Sangenjaya, will take place on October 11, 2018.

    NINAO Gelato first made its appearance in 2012 in the city of Tainan which is on the southwest coast of Taiwan. They have around 110 refreshing and sweet flavours of soft serve ice cream and gelato to offer which switch up each day.

    The shop is credited with lighting the fire of the ice cream boom in Taiwan. It was a runner-up in the 2015 Gelato World Tour which was held in Tokyo and its popularity has continued to reign.

    The new Sangenjaya branch is not only the first in Japan – it’s also the first overseas branch. They will also have 110 flavours including popular flavours from Taiwan as well as flavours that suit the taste buds of the Japanese market. Just two flavours will be served each week, meaning every visit will be a surprise.

    As well ice cream, you can order green tea and milk tea from which you can choose the temperature – hot, warm or cold. The shop is also getting a Japanese exclusive – tea containing “tea jelly.” This tea jelly is served with both warm and cold drinks and offers an explosion of tea goodness when it enters your mouth.

     

    This jelly can also be changed to medicinal jelly. There’s the “Chrysanthemum Jelly” which aids in preventing colds, tiredness and has anti-ageing properties, and “Natsume Jelly” which warms the body, has potassium which helps against swellings, and antioxidants. The tea jelly is available with warm and cold drinks only.

     

    Try popular ice cream from Taiwan while you’re in Japan at NINAO Gelato Sangenjaya!

     

    ■Information

    NINAO Gelato Sangenjaya
    Grand Opening: October 11, 2018
    Opening Hours: Weekdays 12:00-23:00 / Weekends & Holidays 11:00-23:00
    Address: 1-33-15 Sangenjaya, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo
    TEL: 03-3421-2170 (Available from October 11, 2018)

     

  • Taiwanese Tea Stand ‘THE ALLEY’ to Open First Kyushu Branch

    19.March.2019 | FOOD

    THE ALLEY is a tea stand chain from Taiwan that has branches across Asia including in Tokyo. The company has announced that they are set to open their first ever branch in Tenjin, Fukuoka in Kyushu on April 11, 2019.

    THE ALLEY first arrived in Japan in July 2017 when a branch opened in Sanagi Shinjuku. The flagship store in Omotesando opened in the following month.

     

    Let’s take a look at some of the beverages we can look forward to at the new stand.

    Royal No. 9 Tapioca Milk Tea: Regular Size ¥500 (Before Tax) / Large Size ¥600 (Before Tax)

    Made with fruit Assam tea using only carefully selected tea leaves by THE ALLEY. This drink packs a full-bodied bunch with a flavour like no other.

     

    Brown Sugar Tapioca Series: Medium Size Only ¥650 (Before Tax)

    Original brown sugar bubble tea drinks made with brown sugar syrup sourced in Okinawa. They come in two flavours: the latte mixed with milk which has a milk taste, and the matcha latte with its soft and bitter deliciousness.

     

    Bonsai Tapioca Milk Tea: Regular Size ¥600 (Before Tax) / Large Size ¥700 (Before Tax)

    Made in the image of a bonsai tree with Assam tea and topped with chocolate chips and fresh mint. This one is both visually stunning and tasty.

     

    A range of other teas and drinks will be sold too including the Aurora Series, Lemon Green Tea and more.

     

    Tea Leaf Salad: From ¥ 720 (Before Tax)

    THE ALLEY doesn’t just serve tea either―they have a gorgeous and colourful salad too made using tea leaves as well as grilled bread, chewy steamed muffins, and more.

     

    If you’re ever in Fukuoka then be sure to stop by the new THE ALLEY branch!

  • Taiwanese Cheese Tea Shop machi machi to Open New Branch in Laforet Harajuku

    19.May.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Taiwan-based cheese tea specialists machi machi are set to open their very first Japanese branch in Laforet Harajuku on June 26, 2019.

    machi machi’s cheese tea has been described as “godlike” in the Taiwanese news. Each cup of this frothy tea is carefully crafted one by one, containing a mix of delicious Taiwanese tea and rich and salty cream cheese. The tea chain even opened a branch this spring in London’s Piccadilly Circus.

    In the run up to the grand opening of their first Japanese store, machi machi will first open a pop-up shop in Jiyūgaoka on May 22. It will have neon signs and stylish wall art.

    Iron Buddha Oolong Cheese Tea: ¥480 (Before Tax)

    The Iron Buddha tea contains refreshing Taiwanese oolong tea topped with a rich cheese cap. The tea has a full-bodied flavour but its aftertaste is sweet. The smell is sweet with honey notes throughout. This is machi machi’s best tea to go with cheese.

     

    Wildberry Cheese Tea: ¥680 (Before Tax)

    This frozen tea is a mix of berry and jasmine teas topped with rich and soft cream cheese.

     

    Strawberry Milk Panna Cotta: ¥630 (Before Tax)

    A mix of strawberry milk and panna cotta is poured into a cute bottle to create an Instagrammable two-layered beverage.

     

    From May 22 to 25, if you follow the new branch on Instagram you can get 50% off all drinks sold at the pop-up shop.

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  • Ginza Cozy Corner Releases Bubble Teas in Pudding Form

    16.August.2019 | FOOD

    Dying for a quick feast on a cute cake or sweet treat? Ginza Cozy Corner is your port of call. From August 16, 2019 they will be releasing two flavours of tapioca pudding at all stores that sell fresh cakes. The tapioca puddings will only be available for a limited period.

    Tapioca Milk Tea Pudding

    The Tapioca Milk Pudding is a fusion of two things we all love; a wobbly custard pudding and milk tea-flavoured bubble tea. The smooth texture of the milk tea pudding and springy tapioca pearls are two fun textures that you can enjoy together. 

    Tapioca Matcha Pudding

    The Tapioca Matcha Pudding is a matcha latte bubble tea in pudding form. The rich matcha flavour makes for the perfect sophisticated flavour that adults would love. The colour of both these desserts is beautiful. They would make the perfect souvenirs for your loved ones.

     

    These puddings are only being sold on Fridays, Weekends and national holidays, so this is the perfect way to reward yourself for all that hard work on the weekdays. 

  • Haneda Airport Releases First Bubble Tea Which Passengers Can Enjoy as They Fly

    13.August.2019 | FOOD

    XFLAG STORE + HANEDA is a small branch of XFLAG STORE and is located in Terminal 1 of Haneda Airport. On August 13th, they released three energising bubble tea flavours served in a bottle that you can take on board with you when travelling along domestic air routes. The three bubble tea flavours are; MILK TEA, HOJICHA (a type of green tea) and MATCHA. 

     

    These bubble tea flavours are limited to XFLAG STORE + HANEDA and were created with the intention of providing a splash of energizing fun to tiresome travels. 

    As long as you screw the lid on properly, you can store your delicious drink in your bag and even carry it onto your flight so you can enjoy it whilst soaring through the clouds. This is the first time a shop at Haneda airport has ever sold a bubble tea drink with the intention of flight passengers taking it on board with them.

     

    *Drinks and liquids are usually permitted on domestic flights in Japan. Please check the specific rules of your flight by referring to the official website of your airline. 

     

    To commemorate the release of the new bubble teas, XFLAG STORE + HANEDA has launched an Instagram campaign with the chance to win an Amazon gift card worth ¥10,000 (approx. 80GBP/95USD). 

     

    To take part in the Instagram campaign for the chance to win a ¥10,000 Amazon gift card, be sure to take a photo with your XFLAG STORE + HANEDA bubble tea drink and then post the picture on Instagram with the following three hashtags:

    #旅タピ #タピオカ #空の上で飲めるタピオカドリンク

    Four winners will be selected.

     

    Get your summer holidays off to a soaring start with a beautiful bottle of bubble tea. 

  • Vegan Bubble Tea Arrives at Harajuku’s BOTANIST Tokyo Tea Stand

    30.July.2019 | FOOD

    For the whole month of August, the BOTANIST Tokyo tea stand in Harajuku is serving two different tapioca bubble tea beverages. Just 100 of each will be sold each day.

    The two delicious drink flavours include “Butterfly Pea Soy Milk Tea” and “Matcha Milk Tea.” Both beverages are made with high quality tapioca pearls from bubble tea store Bull Pulu who serve up Taiwanese pop culture with their tasty menu.

     

    Vegans shopping in Tokyo’s Harajuku and Omotesando areas will be excited to try the vegan-friendly Butterfly Pea Soy Milk Tea. Both of the drinks are also sold in eco cups and come with paper straws.

    Tapioca Butterfly Pea Soy Milk Tea – ¥600 (Tax Included)

    The vegan-friendly option is a combination of bright and colourful butterfly pea tea and soy milk. It’s laced with a tropical coconut syrup for enhanced flavour.

    Tapioca Matcha Milk Tea – ¥600 (Tax Included)

    The matcha milk tea is a combination of rich and smooth matcha foam and milk. It’s mixed with a fragrant hazelnut syrup.

    Both drinks are takeout only and are available to buy on the first floor. If you fancy a little refreshing drink while strolling through Harajuku then be sure to visit BOTANIST Tokyo.

  • Drinkable Straw Jelly Tapioca Desserts Now Serving at Ginza Cozy Corner

    15.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    It is no secret that Japanese desserts are not only delicious, but beautiful works of art crafted with meticulous love and care. If you’re looking to tickle that sweet tooth of yours then you’ll want to pay a visit to any branch of Ginza Cozy Corner in Japan which sell everything from cakes to traditional Japanese sweets.

     

    The shop has just added two new flavours to its Straw Jelly series of desserts which it advertises as “sweets that you can drink” as they find that fine line between drink and dessert. These are the Strawberry & Blueberries and the Mango Passion. Both arrived on July 12 and are available for a limited time only.

    The Strawberry & Blueberry features a layer of strawberry flavoured jelly with fresh strawberries and blueberries and second layer of cream cheese filled with tapioca pearls.

    Our second option, the alluringly named Mango Passion, is topped with passion fruit jelly packed with a mango compote. Underneath it is a creamy coconut mousse laced with tapioca pearls.

     

    We are completely spoiled for choice between these two syrupy and chewy delicious delights. Both are on sale right now at Ginza Cozy Corner until August 29.

  • 3 Must-Try Summertime Bubble Teas at Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea

    02.July.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Bubble tea continues to be ever popular in Japan this summer, especially at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea which not only is selling its much-loved classics but a selection of new refreshing beverages too. Let’s take a look at three of these drinks new this July that not only enjoyable to drink but fun to look at too.

     

    Coffee Tapioca Latte

    The Coffee Tapioca Latte is appearing as part of Tokyo DisneySea’s special event Disney Pirates Summer. The colour of this coffee flavoured delight is reminiscent of the Black Pearl from the 2003 Pirates of the Caribbean movie. It’s not overly sweet and so is perfect for those who prefer more adult flavours. Enjoy the event with a cup of this pirate brew in hand.

     

    Running: July 8 – September 1, 2019

    Price: ¥500

    Available: Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery, Tokyo DisneySea

     

    Fantastic Flight Drink (Lychee Tapioca)

    Inspired by the new Soaring: Fantastic Flight attraction arriving at Tokyo DisneySea on July 23, this drink contains lemon jelly and lychee flavoured chewy tapioca pearls. Lychee flavoured tapioca pearls are for sure a rarity―have you ever seen them?

     

    Running: July 8 – September 1, 2019

    Price: ¥450

    Available: Zambini Brothers’ Ristorante, Tokyo DisneySea

     

    Sparkling Tapioca Tea (Mango & Citrus)

    For a limited time only, this refreshing Sparkling Tapioca Tea will be served up at Tokyo Disneyland, a black tea with mango flavoured tapioca and grapefruit jelly. A perfect summertime sip for the hot weather with its refreshing black tea taste and fruity fragrance.

     

    Running: July 8 – September 1, 2019

    Price: ¥600

    Available: Tomorrowland Terrace, Tokyo Disneyland (Serving at 14:00-17:00 only)

    There are plenty of other new bubble tea drinks apart from these ones too, some of which are on sale right now, such as the Tapioca Mango Drink with its foundation of tiny chewy tapioca balls, the subtly sweet Strawberry Tapioca Tea with fresh strawberries pieces in it as well as large-grained tapioca balls, and more.

     

    If you’re heading to either park be sure to order a cup of bubble tea!せ

  • Blind taste-winning Taiwanese Bubble Tea Jenjudan Opens In the Young and Trendy Shibuya

    12.June.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    On June 14, popular Taiwanese bubble tea shop Jenjudan will open its first shop in Japan. The first shop will be located in the city that is known for capturing the hearts of Tokyo’s young and trendy: Shibuya. More specifically, the shop will be located on the MAG 7 Food Floor (7th floor) of  MAGNET by SHIBUYA 109.

    Jenjudan stands out for their skilled tea makers and carefully-selected ingredients that are used to make their high quality drinks. One of the main ingredients is 100% natural brown sugar, which is used to soak the tapioca pearls for full flavor. They also use rich Hokkaido milk. The best part is that all ingredients used here are natural and free from additives. Plenty of research went into harnessing the natural sweetness of the black sugar by determining the exact amount of time to soak the tapioca in the sugar syrup in order to extract its maximum flavour. Jenjudan managed to achieve flavourful tapioca where the flavour gradually spreads through your mouth when chewed. The softness and size of the tapioca were also carefully crafted after extensive research.

    The first ever overseas branch has been set up in Singapore’s famous tourist spot of Shilin Night Market. 

    Jenjudan bubble tea was the winner in a blind tasting event conducted by Taiwanese lifestyle and current affairs popular smartphone app Mobile 01, so you absolutely must try it.

     

    Photos: 宏勝商事株式会社

  • Taiwan’s Favourite Brown Bubble Milk Tea Drink Arrives in Tokyo’s Korea Town Shin Okubo

    02.June.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hey everyone! This is Midori from MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON’s Editorial Department!

    Tapioca is really booming in Japan! But it’s not just Japan… there’s a tapioca craze all over Asia! Tapioca drinks from Taiwan and many other countries are gradually arriving in Japan! Today I just had to try a drink from Taiwan’s incredibly famous shop Fukkadan, which is booming with popularity in Korea! No wonder there’s a Fukkadan located in Tokyo’s largest Korea Town Shin Okubo! I hurried over as fast as I could.

     

    Fukkadan is located along Okubo-dori Street, which is one of the main streets of Shin Okubo. As you exit Shin Okubo station, take a right turn and after a short walk… you’re there!

    It’s a small shop and you can’t drink in, so be careful to not miss it!

    You just have to see the pan full of tapioca pearls!

    There are five drinks on the menu ranging from brown sugar tapioca to matcha. I just had to go for the brown sugar tapioca milk tea. By looking around me, this does seem like a popular drink. You cannot customise the amount of ice or syrup in your drink.

    The luxurious shop logo is the perfect place for a picture! There’s also something written in Hangul under the logo! How rare!

    The gradation of colours of the brown sugar tapioca and the syrup is so cute! I chewed the tapioca balls to find that the brown sugar flavour completely penetrates through them. This sweet drink is very refreshing and delicious! You can really taste the milk of the milk tea. Overall, it’s quite sweet…like a brown sugar latte. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this drink has you name written all over it!

     

    While you’re strolling the streets of Shin Okubo, this tapioca milk tea is the perfect companion! It offers a unique flavour that you absolutely must try! How about comparing it to a Korean tapioca drink ??

  • Roasted COFFEE LABORATORY Sets the Latest Shibuya Culture Trend With New Summer Drinks

    27.May.2019 | FOOD

    As we approach summer, coffee shop Roasted COFFEE LABORATORY is releasing three new drinks on Tuesday May 28.

    Tapioca Cherry Latte ¥600 + tax

    As we’re approaching summer, the griotte cherry season is also upon us and the Tapioca Cherry Latte is making full use of this seasonal fruit! The cherry provides an element of sourness to contrast the homemade syrup, which is poured over the carefully balanced ice latte. With the first sip, you are immediately hit by the refreshing sourness of the cherry, which spreads all over your mouth. The slight bitterness of the iced latte accents the flavour. Your taste buds will be embraced by a gentle creaminess… and then surprised by the chewy tapioca pearls! It’s filling, delicious and fancy ー this is full satisfaction in a cup!

    Left: Espresso Tonic (¥550) / Right: Espresso Lime Freezing (¥620)

    The Espresso Tonic contains strong espresso coffee which is accented by the sharpness of the tonic water. The agave syrup creates an overall bittersweet flavour. The drink is topped with aromatic, fresh mint.  

     

    The Espresso Lime Freezing consists of ice and frozen lime which is topped with espresso for a fresh yet bittersweet flavour. This icy drink is the perfect way to combat the heat of the summer and get refreshed!

    *This is not available at the Tokyu Department store (Toyoko) branch.

     

    Roasted COFFEE LABORATORY was established in Jinnan, Shibuya in 2016 as a joint roastery and coffee shop. Holding the reputation of “MADE IN SHIBUYA” up high, Roasted COFFEE LABORATORY is a place where you can indulge in the high quality freshness of home-roasted coffee beans, homemade desserts and meals that are overflowing with originality, music, art, and events that are coloured with a mixed variety of culture. The roastery has established its roots firmly in Shibuya, the home of street culture, making it the perfect place for it to thrive. They define the culture of “today”and never fail to come up with something new daily to entice your curiosity.

     

    This is your chance to get on top of the latest trends and enjoy a moment of supreme bliss to yourself!

  • Reviewing Harajuku’s Newest Bubble Tea Shop CHA NUNG

    11.May.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Hello, everyone! MMN editor Midori here.

     

    The battleground for bubble tea victory in Harajuku continues as new shops open one after the other. I paid a visit to the latest bubble tea shop to open in Harajuku. It’s called CHA NUNG and is based in Taiwan with branches in America, Singapore and elsewhere too.

     

    Located in the Omotesando part of Harajuku, this is the first CHA NUNG to open in Japan!

    This is how the outside looks. The neon signs are super cute!

     

    The inside walls and columns have tiles on them which gives the shop a refreshing atmosphere. Having such a simple design means guys and adults can enter without embarrassment too since a lot of bubble tea shops in Harajuku have designs catered toward young girls.

    The decor and designs may be simple but there are plenty of Instagrammable opportunities!

    The handy menu shows you the steps on how to order your drink. You can choose the sweetness of your drink, how much ice you want in there, and more. You can even have no sweetness in there at all, meaning they cater to everyone from those who don’t think sweet things to the biggest sweet-tooths out there!

    The menu is pretty big! Not only do they serve the standard milk tea but fruit teas too, something which I saw a lot of people ordering.

     

    I went for the classic Taiwan Tapioca Black Milk Tea!

    The first thing that struck me when I held my beverage in my hand was the amount of tapioca pearls inside! You could say they filled up about 1/3 of the cup.

     

    At other shops you can pay extra to have more tapioca pearls in your drink, but this is more cost efficient as you get pretty much the same amount as that here anyway.

    Let’s taste!

    It has a strong milky flavour but the taste of the tea really comes through. The tapioca pearls are about the same size as usual but are a soft “chewy” type. The ice is quite thin so by the time you’ve finished all the ice has already melted away. In any case, you get a lot of tapioca pearls so it’s a very satisfying drink.

     

    If you’re feeling peckish or just love bubble tea then I recommend paying a visit to CHA NUNG!

  • Tairaku Tea: Ikebukuro’s New Taiwanese Tapioca Sweets Shop

    09.May.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Tairaku Tea is a shop originating in Taiwan that makes homemade tapioca sweets. They opened a new branch in Japan near Naka-ikebukuro Park on April 27.

     

     

    All the tapioca used in the shop is made specially made tapioca flour all directly imported from Taiwan.

    This flour is used to make homemade tapioca pearls every morning, meaning they are fresh and irresistibly chewy. While in the shop, there’s also a chance to see the pearls being made. The machine filers the flour through and turns it into cute colourful balls♡

    The menu is centred around “Brown Sugar Tapioca Milk Tea.” You can pick from three different milk teas including Assam, jasmine and houjicha. For the tapioca pearls you can choose brown sugar black pearls or clear honey pearls.

     

    These fresh and delicious drinks are worthily Instagrammable. One sip will have you transported onto the streets of Taiwan―and completely addicted.

  • Pearl Lady Bubble Tea Collaborates With Sanrio Character Cast

    07.May.2019 | FOOD

    To celebrate their 15th anniversary, Japanese bubble tea shop Pearl Lady is now collaborating with six characters Sanrio characters including Hello Kitty and Pompompurin.

     

     

    Participating Stores (Above Drinks): Shinjuku Higashi-guchi / Ikebukuro / Harajuku / Shibuya / Machiya / Machida / Omiya / Nagoya Natsuta / Kokura / Nago / Haebar

    Pearl Lady is credited as the creator of ‘dessert bubble tea’ drinks. Their menu has many options from classic milk tea to whipped cream tea, ice cream tea and more.

     

    For this collaboration customers can enjoy drinks inspired by Hello Kitty, My Melody, and Pochacco.

     

    Participating Stores (Above Drinks): SHINJUKU TOHO BLDG / Shinjuku PePe / Akabane / Kamata / Kasai / Shimokitazawa / Kichijoji / Musashi Murayama / Kawagoe / Yokohama Vivre / Kamiooka / Chiba / Funabashi / Nikke Colton Plaza / Shizuoka / Osaka Tsurumi / Kashihara / Kobe South

     

    Sweets Pearl Lady is a sister brand of the shop and offers a rich menu with amazing ingredients. They also have a huge variety of tapioca options in four varieties of their milk teas. They will collaborate with Cinnamoroll, Pompompurin and Tuxedosam.

     

    All six of these drinks come with a seal tag that can be used as a sticker. You can also get your hands on one of twelve possible pin badges.

  • 7 Must-Visit Bubble Tea Shops in Harajuku

    03.May.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hello, everybody! It’s Midori from MMN’s editorial team.

     

    Harajuku is a bubble tea battleground! A new bubble tea shop opens every month, and all of them enjoy huge lines of customers. I’ve tried most of the bubble tea in Harajuku, and so I’ve compiled the perfect list for those of you who don’t want to take a gamble and choose the wrong place, or those of you not planning to do a bubble tea crawl to taste test.

     

    Gong cha – The standard bubble tea shop


    Gong cha has multiple stores here and there, but the one in Harajuku is extremely busy on weekends, so much so that it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that it’s the one people line up for the most.

     

    In spite of the many subtle customisations you can have with your drink, whether it’s the ice and sweetness levels  or the toppings, the staff here are extremely skilled in what they do. This might explain the long lines of people.

     

    You can’t go wrong with this place, so I recommend it to newcomers of bubble tea.

     

    ■Information
    Gong cha Harajuku Omotesando
    Address: Harajuku Bell Pier 1F, 6-6-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    TEL: 03-6427-7543
    Access: 3-minutes on foot from Exit 7 of Tokyo Metro Meiji-Jingumae Station
    Seats: None
    Business Hours:
    [Mon-Thur] 11:00-21:30
    [Fri] 11:00-22:00
    [Wknds & Hols] 10:00-22:00

     

    THE ALLEY – Where they have chic cups!

    Chic cup server THE ALLEY is close to Gong cha. Its location can be difficult for people to explain, and yet this place too is bustling on weekends!

     

    In addition to the standard bubble tea options, this shop also sells unique drinks, like its “Bonsai Tapioca.” Personally, I prefer ordering this drink “mild hot” rather than the normal cool or hot. I’ve burnt myself drinking hot tapioca through a straw before, so mild hot is great for me.

    The tapioca balls are relatively small so I think those people who’ve never had tapioca before will find it delicious. I recommend it on a chilly day!

     

    Review: Trying the New Cheese Tea at The Alley in Omotesando

     

    ■Information
    The Alley
    Address: 6-6-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 03-6712-5185
    Website: http://www.the-alley.jp/

     

    KOI Thé – For those of you who want to try something a little different


    KOI Thé serves golden tapioca balls instead of black!

     

    The shop has a simple interior design and enjoys more male and adult and adult customers compared to other places. When compared to Gong cha and THE ALLEY it may seem as if not many people line up for this one, but their flavours are great, and the small golden tapioca balls can be sipped smoothly.

     

    I recommend going to KOI Thé if you’re a little embarrassed about going into an overly ‘kawaii’ looking shop or if you don’t want to line up for long.

     

    Visiting Harajuku’s Newest Tapioca Drink Store KOI Thé

     

    ■Information
    KOI Thé
    Address: 4-27-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 03-6434-5753
    Website: https://koithe.jp/

     

    NONARA PEARL – Their pink kitty is so cute!


    NONARA PEARL is located on the second floor of Laforet Harajuku. As of now this is the only branch, so if you’re looking to try Harajuku-exclusive bubble tea then look no further. Since it’s located indoors, you don’t have to worry about the heat, cold or rain when lining up. It’s nice to have a leisurely chat with friends when lining up.


    The shop also has this big piece of wall art which is perfect for an Instagram steal. In any case, I recommend visiting if you want to drink some Harajuku-style cute bubble tea.

     

    ■Information
    NONARA PEARL
    Address: Laforet Harajuku 2F, 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    TEL: 03-6432-9627
    Access:
    1-minute (54m) on foot from Exit 5 of Meiji-Jingumae Station via the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
    4-minutes (310m) on foot from the Omotesando Exit of Harajuku Station via the JR Yamanote Line
    9-minutes (700m) on foot from Exit A1 of Omotesando Station via the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line

     

    FORTUNER tea box – A little-known good place where you can drink cheese tea!


    FORTUNER tea box sells cheese tea topped with cheese foam that’s like a bubbly cheese cake. Though their beverages are rich and delicious the shop is a little far from the station. But that means you don’t have to line up to get your drink.

     

    Their bubble tea is addictive, so I recommend it to anyone who has already tried regular bubble tea and those who don’t want to stand in line.

     

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

     

    The building it’s in also has a shop that sells really cute bottled drinks. Check it out via the link below.

     

    Anyone Can Become an Instagrammer With Drinks Sold at Harajuku’s Popular ‘cafe no.’

     

    ■Information
    FORTUNE tea-boxAddress: 3-27-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, TokyoOpening Hours: 11:30am-11:00pm (No Fixed Holidays)

    TEL: 03-5755-5708

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

     

    Si an ju – Seahorse tapioca!


    Si an ju opened just recently, you’ll know it by their seahorse logo!

     

    Their brown sugar tapioca has a coral-like design as pictured above. The tapioca here is chewy and very filling. It’s also conveniently close to Harajuku Station.

     

    Their large-grained tapioca are freshly-made and you don’t have to line up as much as Gong cha or THE ALLEY. I recommend this shop to those who want to try out the newest tapioca in Harajuku.

     

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

     

    ■Information
    Sin an juAddress: 1-19-14 Jingumae, Shibuya, TokyoTEL: 03-5843-0229

    Official Website: https://sin-an-ju.

     

    Chakasho – Famous flavours on Takeshita Street


    The last entry to this list is Chakasho which also just opened recently!

     

    It being along Takeshita Street means you can also get some shopping in too. Their drinks may be less “Instagrammable” than other shops, but their tapioca are chewy and large-grained, and the drinks are rich but easy to drink, delicious, and very satisfying.

     

    If you’ve made the effort to go to Harajuku and want some extraordinarily tasty tapioca then I recommend Chakasho. They have lots of staff working there so the lines move quickly.

     

    Harajuku’s New Bubble Tea Shop Chakasho―Review

     

    ■Information

    Chakasho – Harajuku Takeshita Street

    Address: 175 Honkan Bldg. Floor B1F, 1-7-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Website: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/

     

    Many shops are crowded on the weekends, some where you can be waiting over half an hour! But all of the drinks sold at these shops are tasty so you’ll soon come to realise why the lines are so long. Since you’ve made the effort to visit Harajuku, why not try lining up at one of them?

     

    The shops are very busy at noon on weekends so I recommend heading to a shop around opening time to avoid that.

     

    I hope this article is helpful to both those making their bubble tea debut as well as local bubble tea masters!

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