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Gong Cha Bubble Tea

April 19, 2013

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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. I’ve only tried Bubble Tea once. My city has Marian Days every year and they always have bubble tea over there and I literally live right there. One year some people I worked with brought some in and I tried it…I did not like it…or at least the pearls. Though that was several years ago, I may have to bring myself to try it again…

    3 years ago
  2. Nic

    I always get the Taro Milk Tea with lychee jelly from EasyWay in Sydney. Yay Easyway!

    3 years ago
  3. it’s weird, cuz in NorCal we call it bubble tea, and SoCal people call it Boba [the weirdos]…. not a fan of tapioca pearls shooting into my mouth though, not gonna lie

    3 years ago
  4. Here in Malaysia, we have Gong Cha, Ding Cha, Dong Cha and many more!!! Hahahaha. I personally prefer roasted milk tea from Ochado tho^^

    3 years ago
  5. I wish they sold bubble tea where i live T^T KOREA, WHY CAN’T I GO NOW!?

    3 years ago
  6. their brown sugar jelly is good.

    3 years ago
  7. I LOVE GONGCHA. It’s the only brand of bubble tea that I find palatable, move over koi & all other brands! You might want to try Earl Grey Milk Tea with sugar level at 30%! It is one of the few combinations that doesn’t get overwhelmingly sweet when you have it with pearls. Having it with Herbal Jelly is a great alternative, though I’m not sure if they have that option there.

    3 years ago
  8. We have bubble tea where I live, which is in Michigan. They serve it ate this place called Bubble Island. I think it’s pretty delicious. Btw, Leigh’s outfit is really nice in this vid.

    3 years ago
  9. Anyone know if you can get Bubble Tea here in Florida? I love Tea and would love to try this! (as long as I can get it vegan)

    3 years ago
  10. We actually have GONG CHA in Singapore too. I love their plum green tea (dont know whether korea has that flavour). I heard you guys are coming to SG right? We have different brands of taiwanese bubble tea here. You guys can probably try it also wahahaha! Cant wait to see you guys in SG soon!!!!! :D

    3 years ago
  11. I’m a sucker for milkteas. I LOVE THEM. :) Hmm.. Actually, Wintermelon Milk Tea is one of the bestseller milktea flavors here in the Philippines in I guess almost all milktea houses here. :3

    3 years ago
  12. Hey Simon&Martina~ Have you ever tried the japanese food “Natto”? :3

    3 years ago
  13. Gong Cha is basically everywhere…. Do give it a try in Singapore too when u come here in May..
    Other than Gong Cha, Koi is another bubble tea chain that is popular in Singapore, with long queues…

    I actually love Winter Melon Tea and find it to be delicious… Ai-yu jelly too ^^ Always get those…

    3 years ago
    • The only ai yu jelly i know is from that ai yu lemonade chinese type drink, with clear jello jelly. IS that the same as this ai yu?
      If so i think it absorbs some of the flavor of the drink which makes it really good in lemonade (like chia seeds) but not awesome in other drinks.

      3 years ago
    • i love winter melon tea and ai yu jelly! but too bad they dont have the jumbo size in sg:(

      3 years ago
  14. Omg! We went there on my birthday! YUMMMM-o-rama!! But so expensive for a drink… sad day…

    3 years ago
  15. you guys should try the wintermelon tea house special or caramel milktea next.

    3 years ago
  16. i think Martin is cheating with one of those other girls

    3 years ago
  17. They have gong cha here too. I actually don’t remember the name until I see the logo in your video. I like bubble tea too and I always get it without sugar.

    3 years ago
  18. Does Soozee know that she is insanely beautiful?

    3 years ago
    • I think SooZee has her own serparate fan base. a good half of the guys in my korean class in winnipeg think she super pretty. Thought i have to say Leigh is beautiful and pretty too. Thought the hair flip and everything i sometimes wonder why i haven’t seen SooZee in a Korean Drama’s. Leigh same goes for you why aren’t you acting. OMG you should both act in a drama together. Leigh could be SooZee half sister from Texas and she finds out that she was seprated from her really father at birth and she realizes she is half korean and the heir to this huge company but Soozee is in line for the Company also. It’s an epic drama plot.

      3 years ago
    • She doesn’t act like it, but I couldn’t agree more. Soozee is STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL!

      3 years ago
    • ridiculously photogenic soo zee

      3 years ago
  19. I tried it once… but I think I took a wrong choice so it wasn’t really good…
    Sadly I live in Belgium and we don’t have Gong Cha.

    What would you suggest else, because here it’s a bit different..

    3 years ago
  20. you guys should havet he wintermelon tea house special or caramel milktea.

    3 years ago
  21. Gong Cha! i super love this bubble tea! i always buy one everyday i’m working when i was in Singapore. The taro milk is actually my fave, w/ white pearl! (it’s chewy for me, which i liked, but to each his own, i guess) :) i order it with less ice & 30% sugar and its just the right amount of sweetness :)

    3 years ago
  22. Gong Cha’s Wintermelon Milk Tea is heaven!!!

    3 years ago
  23. i LOVE Gongcha tooo.. you’ll be able to find it when u come visit Singapore tooo!!!! ;)

    3 years ago
  24. OMG Gong Cha is from my country Taiwan (proud inventor of bubble tea)! It’s so expensive in Korea! Here it’s only about 1700 won.. If you guys ever come to Taiwan I’ll buy you all genuine local bubble tea LOL. We have as many bubble tea shops as convenience stores, especially around the areas where students hang out.

    3 years ago
    • Man i have know so many people who say that Bubble tea was invented in Japan or Korea. I was like “….. you so wrong it’s from Tawian.” They say “really it can’t be so many people i know love anime and love bubble tea.” I was like “just because you love anime doesn’t make bubble tea Japanese or Korean.” Everyone till the world that Bubble tea is from Tawian :P

      3 years ago
    • Omg, I love pearl milk tea at Gongguan right across from Tai-da University. It is so delicious. Miss it so much!

      3 years ago
    • Yeah Taiwan! I think a person hasn’t really lived until they’ve drunk the bubble milk tea at Gongguan with the brown sugar bubbles!

      3 years ago
  25. Wow, the Gongcha in Korea is slightly different from SG’s! We don’t get to choose our ice levels here.. And there’s this jelly called 3J! (It’s kind of like fruit jellies – red, yellow, white) Nom. Goes best with the fruity teas (e.g. plum green tea)!

    Have you guys tried their pudding milk tea though :)?

    3 years ago
    • You definitely get to choose your ice levels here. Its just not in the menu. I always prefer less ice ^^

      3 years ago
  26. GONGCHA IS THE BEST Naicha store ever!!!! I live by it!! huhu My week won’t be complete without my Sunday GongCha date with my dad. THANK YOU I LOVE YOU EYK

    I don’t understand why does your wintermelon tea in Korea look like that? O.O

    If you go here in the Philippines, there’s the House Special Gong Cha Milk Wintermelon Tea and it looks like this http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7277/7004694621_15e45a054f_b.jpg (in the picture it has white jelly but ergh) it is the bomb i swear and i even put pudding in it as an extra and it tastes like heaven. just don’t try the lemon wintermelon tea, i tried it last sunday just for fun and after one sip, i almost gagged. :/// WASTE of money i know.

    3 years ago
  27. ai-yu jelly is made from the ai-yu plant if im not wrong.. =] so technically its just ai-yu flavoured jelly…?? hahaha..

    3 years ago
  28. Gong Cha is one of the BEST THING EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. Here in singapore. Kekeke.

    3 years ago
  29. I LOVE GONGCHA it’s the only brand of bubble tea i drink and it’s soooo popular here in singapore along with a couple of other brands. i always get the same combination (taiwanese black tea + aiyu jelly, 50% !) even though i keep telling myself to try new flavours :P

    ps aiyu jelly is DA BEST like really it’s a taste i cant get anywhere else other than another drink also called aiyu jelly but it has the jelly mixed in a honey lemon syrup drink (it’s great too but theyre 2 different things!)

    3 years ago
  30. I want bubble tea sooo bad now! =S

    3 years ago
  31. Lots of Gongcha is SG!! <3

    3 years ago
  32. When simon throws the white jelly into the bushes and you the sound effect of a car crash and screams plays…omg I sprayed my drink EVERYWHERE for some reason it made me laugh soooooooooo much lol

    3 years ago
  33. Taro Tea is pretty good
    I’ve had it from a few places in London and its always really nice where ever I go

    3 years ago
  34. hmmm I was wondering what time was this taken?

    3 years ago
  35. Awww, I love GongCha~ We have it in Malaysia too! ^^

    3 years ago
  36. If im not wrong, Aiyu is a kind of jelly that made from the gel of some seed.

    Anyway, Gongcha is definitely the best bubble tea I’ve tried so far too!
    There’s Gongcha in Singapore too but they doesn’t have the jumbo ones.
    So far I’ve only seen Taiwan, Hongkong and Korea has the jumbo size ;-;
    I don’t know if Korea allows you to ‘custom made’ your drink but adding on that house made milk/cream? on top of taro milk tea is YUMMY~! ;)

    3 years ago
  37. heyyy i love gong cha !!! one of my favourite one too . here in malaysia there are sooo many other brands like ochado, chatime and etc. but i have to say GONG CHA FOR THE WIN !!!!

    3 years ago
  38. GONG CHA!!! I was so confused the first time i ordered it the guy just gave me 50% for sugar and ice. memories XD its not exactly korean though, bubble tea is like a taiwanese drink

    3 years ago
  39. Wow. I wasn’t expecting anything else from you guys after Simon’s awesome video! Thanks! You are awesome :)

    3 years ago
  40. Are you sure this is a Kpop Music Monday?:P

    3 years ago