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So I’m sure a lot of you have tried Bubble Tea before and you probably have some mixed reviews. I know a lot of my friends enjoy the taste of the tea itself but can’t stand the tapioca pearls. It’s the texture that throws them off, says it reminds them of snot. Well, I disagree with you on that one, but I will say that if you go to a not so hot bubble tea store, they might have overcooked their tapioca pearls causing them to feel slimy in your mouth. Gong Cha is NOT that place.

Out of all the places I have tried, Gong Cha is the first bubble tea shop that blew my mind. BWEEEPP BWEEP BWEEEEEE! I feel like they are the Starbucks of bubble tea, and I can say that because I worked at Starbucks. Like Starbucks and brewed coffee, Gong Cha is dedicated to brewing fresh tea for their drinks, writing notes on their vats of delicious tea regarding when they were brewed and if they need to be changed. They allow your to personalize your drink and very importantly, they have a kick ass assembly line that smoothly gets your drink ordered without any mistakes. No matter what Gong Cha I go to, the quality remains the same. Oh, so Starbucksy! :D

We talked briefly in the video about how to order your drink and personalize it, but I think it’s easier to just explain it while looking at the picture we took. This is really the most intimidating part of Gong Cha! I’m going to go through how we order our favourite drink and maybe next time you’re in Korea or at a Gong Cha in another part of the world you can order confidently and let us know if you like our style! Also, the price is great, drinks start at ₩3,900 and go up to ₩5,700 for the special jumbo sized health drinks, and they always give you TONS of bubbles. Other places skimp out on bubbles sometimes. NEVER SKIMP ON BUBBLES!!!

Gongcha How To

How to order the Eatyourkimchi Crew Favourite:

Step 1: Pick your base drink: Black Milk Tea

Step 2: Pick you size: Large

Step 3: Toppings: Pearl

Step 4: Sugar Level: 30%

Step 5: Ice Level: If it’s a warm day we go for 50%, if it’s cooler out, 0% (they still make it with ice, but it melts by the time you get it).

I ordered this Black Milk Tea today as a personal sacrifice for you guise, just to show you this picture. *shifty eyes* When you order at the cash they print out this lovely sticker with all the info for your drink as well as your number (which is on your receipt) and they call it out so that no one else takes your drink by mistake. You show them your receipt when you pick it up, and then they’ll ask if you want the straw in the drink or the straw on the side. We always say yes, but if you’re travelling to somewhere else, say no because you’ll get a perfectly sealed non-leaking drink.

Martina's Tea

Some notes on the ordering process. We’ve tried all the toppings. The herbal jelly isn’t for everyone. It has its own very strong taste so it can be very over powering. We aren’t fond of the white pearl. It’s too tough to chew (apparently it’s made from seaweed) but for those of you that don’t like the soft texture of the pearls, maybe the white pearls are for you. The ai-yu jelly was…interesting…what is that flavour? Anyone? We’ll stick to the original pearl. Maybe the other pearl types are better for different drinks, the the juices and special health drinks?

We aren’t really into sweet drinks, we don’t take sugar in our coffee and we don’t put sugar in our tea. However, we have ordered it without sugar before and it was just too overwhelmingly creamy. They make the black milk tea, not with milk, but with something magical that I don’t want to know about because it’s probably super fatty and unhealthy (SHUT UP SHUT UP!!!! I WON’T LISTEN!!!!) but the little amount of sugar cuts the cream taste. If I order the coffee based drinks, I ask for NO SUGAR. If I get the green tea based drinks, it depends on how I feel, but usually no sugar.

The ice level is super important! No ice will give you more tea, but the ice melts so quickly it leaves you with a room temperature luke warm drink which is neither good nor bad. You gotta get some ice! If you get too much ice, you’re left with either no tea (if you drink quickly) or a watered down version. Blah! However, if we order the House Special drinks, we often go with no ice so that we can get more of the specialness of the tea. That weird cream they put on top is SOOOOO YUMMY! Give me MORRRRRR!!!!

Other EYK Crew favourites:

House Special Green Tea (No sugar, 50% or)
House Special Oolong Tea (No sugar or 30%, no ice)

Honey Milk Tea (50% sugar, 50%)
Toffee Milk Tea (No sugar, 50%)
Toffee Coffee (No sugar, 50%)
Chocolate Milk Tea (No sugar, 50%)

So that’s about it! Let us know if you’ve had Gong Cha and what your likes/dislikes are. We heard Taro Tea is really good but apparently Gong Cha doesn’t make it (or doesn’t make it well). If you haven’t tried Gong Cha, have you tried a different brand? Let’s share the bubble tea love! :D

Also, we have a few deleted scenes and slip ups, and some other Nasties we met along the way in this week’s Blooper Reel. Check it out!

 

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  1. In the Philippines, Wintermelon milk tea is really really popular. Hahaha! But i don’t like it with 100% sugar either. Too sweet. Like drinking diabetes in a cup. It tastes best with 0% sugar, 30% ice, and with the normal black pearls… is that what you also call it there?

  2. My friend loves taro bubble tea. I personally find it okay. It tastes a little bit like chocolate but not overally over chocolate. My personal faves are thai or green tea. Of course classic black milk is a top fave.

  3. OMG!!! A Gong Cha place finally opened in NYC! I just found out today -_-. i was telling my parents about it and how u guys put it in ur videos, but they didnt let me go.T^T. watever I’ll go next time and try all the amazing drinks u were talking about. cuz me and my friends are obsessed with bubble tea.

  4. I know this video was posted a while ago, but I had to come back to it because one of the coffee places here just started selling bubble tea! Holy @#$%! Bubble tea has come to the desert! And it is gooood! I am sure what I am drinking has an American twist to it, so I still hope to make it to Korea some day and see what the major differences are. But still, it is a start and it makes me feel a lot more connected to this community. :)

  5. http://www.cafedepearl.com/bubble.htm <– this is the only place outside of London I know that does Bubble tea in the UK. I am all over that vanilla bubble tea though; it's so good. If you're from the UK and are visiting/in Liverpool, check it out! We need more bubble tea here…. outside of London….

    I am so jealous of your Gong Cha guys, seriously. I want a Toffee Milk Tea……..

  6. Some time ago I discovered a bubble milk tea shop but the tea there is expensive …6 dollars a cup (being the cheapest one) it’s too much = . =

    Thank you for the awesome fun FAFFAP! :)

    ♥♥ ♥ ♥

    P.S: hope those jellies didn’t remain there 05:28

  7. Whenever I went to Singapore in the summer before I don’t recall seeing it, But the last time I visited we got Gong-cha at a newer mall. It was pretty good (I agree they give a lot of pearls) but it was more expensive than the one that we would usually get at the little stand across(-ish) from Parkway Parade… Haha my sister went there so often last summer the bubble-tea there lady recognized us each time we went and even gave us discounts sometimes!

  8. Ummm…. What IS Bubble Tea? I’ve never heard of it before. What makes it different from normal tea…?

  9. It’s called bubble tea over there?! In NorCal we call it PMT (pearl milk tea) but in SoCal it’s called boba, so interesting!

  10. the white creamy thingy is cheese, weird that Gong Cha Wintermelon doesnt taste that good its the only bubble tea iflavor i can tolerate other than Mocha Coffee with Rock Salt and Cheese from Frostea :)

  11. When i visited Crystal Mall in Vancouver there was a super cute bubble tea shop upstairs (I really recommend it! the staff was so friendly!) I was too early and they did not have the bubbles ready so they suggested I try the homemade pudding in my Taro Tea. I was skeptical about pudding in my drink…..but
    OMG!! It was freaking delicious!!!!!!!!!!! and now I’m so spoiled that the bubbles don’t do it for me! :O

  12. oooh! i’m in asia, but i don’t think we have gon-cha in Japan!! I’ve only ever seen the regular type bubble-tea… well, except at the top of 109 where they have like a gazillion flavors but the menu i so confusing… T_T I’d love to go there! I’d get the coffee one! ^^

    it was fun to have SooZee and Leigh there too! ^^ (lol at the soozee’s hair-flipping…)

  13. The gongcha in singapore is quite different! Theres only one size here and you can’t choose the ice level. Taro milk is the bombbbb, I don’t think taro milk is taro tea though. You should really try it if the fanmeet in singapore works out (:
    Ps: Taro milk is my ultimate favourite!!

  14. i love gong cha. i was about to troll the cashier once when they asked me for sugar level, i wanted to scream “OVER 9000!”. but my sister was with me so i decided to be a good child and not embarrass her =)

  15. So… When the caption “Poor Unfortunate Soul” came up at around 25 seconds, did anyone else immediately start singing the song from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid?”

  16. Thank goodness I can actually satisfy this growing gnawing craving for Bubble Tea.

  17. Going to Bubble Island first thing tomorrow. Must..have…bubble tea…

  18. I used to hate the pearls until I came to Korea, I now am addicted to them. Taro snow T-Ball with black Pearls for the win! If you live in Australia, go to the Tea Bar and get that one! It tastes amazing and is nom-a-licious!

  19. I absolutely love this place here where I live called “Chewy”. They have so many flavors to choose from! And lychee jelly that is AMAZING. There’s also passion fruit jelly and a mixed fruit jelly that I still haven’t tried…I need to get on that! lol My favorite is the Honey Dew Milk Tea and the Lavender Milk Tea. The lavender one tastes like honey, which I didn’t expect at all for it to taste that way. You can ask for them to be slush or regular liquid form I guess you’d call it?? There’s no option for ice specifics, but you can just tell the person who works there if you don’t want ice or whatever. There’s no sugar differentiation either. Maybe you can tell them as well?? Not really sure. I’ve gone to another place in Miami, though I can’t remember what it’s called :x, and there you can specify how much sugar you want. That place has these curry rice noodles that are BEAST. So good!

  20. Bubble Tea. I swear, it’s one of the most beautiful creations. evarrr.
    Martina won on camera. Whooo! (^o^)/
    Simon, your poor face while drinking that milk tea. And then Martina’s. xD Those jellies that you’re spitting out look like marbles. So shiny o-o

  21. Did anyone else think Martina said (at about 2:16) “We are on the hunt for a mensch!” I was going to say she already found one, his name is Simon, but then I realized I did not hear that right. But then I said it anyway.
    In other news, I have a big.important.job.interview tomorrow. Any and all wishes of good luck and general good vibes sent my way are appreciated!

  22. OMG WAS MARTINA SITTING ON SIMON’S LAP? <3<3 <3 You guys are so cute.

  23. These must be the nastiest food porn (drink porn?) shots ever!
    I’ve seen different bubble tea places emerging here and there but never tried one… I think I’m gonna give it a try.

  24. Omg Soozee is so freakin pretty :o

  25. They have fruity flavors over here in america for bubble tea

  26. WOW. Martina finally won Kai-Bai-BO!!!

  27. Leigh!!! Unlikely Squiggle!!! I recognize you from your vids!!! So good to see you in vid again!!

  28. I loved this video, and I love that SooZee and Leigh are in it too, they’re so purdy (not that you guys aren’t :p). Bubble tea is awesome, the first bubble tea cafe just opened up in my town in the UK, going to give it a try tomorrow!!

  29. I liked that SooZee and Leigh came with you! It meant we got to see four different choices instead of the usual two when just S&M go. You should bring them along more often :)

    My favorite kind of bubble tea is almond milk tea. It tastes like drinking almond extract (which… is more delicious than it sounds). Does anyone know if Gong Cha has it?

    Also, everyone is saying how pretty SooZee was today, but I thought that Leigh looked really pretty today too! I love her outfit.

  30. Oh Bubble Tea, you so dericious. I’ve been hooked on it since I was probably 6 or 7 when bubble tea first came to Singapore (Mango flavour ftw!). We don’t have Gong Cha here is Brisbane but we have EasyWay, Chatime, Tea Bar, Just Bubble (They have the egg balls <..> I mean, egg cracklet things you guys talked about in your ‘Nightlife in Hongdae WANK’, but not in the store that I went to ㅠ.ㅠ) and a few others. Some of the good ones I’ve tried are the Green Tea Latte (The name I can’t remember but it’s in the Elizabeth St Arcade), Taiwan Mango QQ from Chatime, and the Red Bean Oat Soymilk (great in winter) from Chatime.

    By the way, the white pearls are made from tapioca starch just like the black ones, only unflavoured. EasyWay’s marketing it as Panda Bubbles (Seungri?) Don’t go dissing the Ai-yu jelly! Some stores call it Fig Jelly and it’s great in the non-milky (or as normal people would call it, regular) bubble teas. Grass Jelly topping great in all of the bubble teas.

    Awesome FAPFAP guys!

  31. Are Soozee and Leigh going to a Draw My Life too?

  32. I tried bubble tea for the first time in Prague, CZ of all places, hehe. It was very delicious though, I hope it becomes a ‘thing’ here soon. 0.0

  33. so many steps to ordering. usually its just flavor and topping for most places I’ve been to. I love milk tea and almond tea, but not many places know how to actually make good milk tea.

  34. i miss ths FAP and WANK xD hahahaha i my town sell those drinks too!!!! i bought a Taro flavor (betroot´s rise) and taste like cookie oreo… the only don´t like me was the jelly bubble!!!! EYK LOVE YOU!!!!! :D

  35. I just had some coconut bubble tea today :D
    So delicious <3

    Such a coincidence ^^

  36. my favorite Gong Cha drink is Longan Honey Tea with Aloe Vera! Super refreshing drink that’s awesome for a hot day! :)

    i have friends who actually order their drink with MORE than 100% sugar level – does Gong Cha in Korea actually allow that?

    the most popular bubble tea brand in Singapore is probably Koi, though Gong Cha is still one of the bigger brands.

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