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!


  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. Hi! Quick question – Where is this Gong Cha located? I can’t seem to find it, and I’m going to Korea soon, so I’d like to know. Thanks!

  5. Heeeey, we have Gong Cha here in the Philippines too! But I don’t think that’s the best one here.
    It’s funny that you guys don’t like the wintermelon one coz everytime I go to a milk tea place here with my friends they ALWAYS get that one. I’m not sure about this but that MIGHT be one of the more popular milk tea flavors here.

    I always get the green tea one with cream cheese. Soooo delicious and refreeeeshiiing. :))) Although, here, they usually advise you to not use a straw. You drink it from the cup so that you could taste the cream cheese and the tea together (it just gets a bit messy and gives you a nice cheese mustache). Maybe the mixing idea’s better. hehehe

    I’m not sure about this, but I think the white jelly you had is called “nata de coco” here in the Philippines, which is awesome. I love that stuff. I used to love the pearls too, but they do fill you up so I usually order milk tea without any add ons.

    Anyway, I love these fapfaps! >_< keep em coming. (pun unintended)

  6. Gong Cha opened it’s USA location branch in Fremont, CA just recently! Too bad it’s still too far for me, hope they open more locations throughout the states and country.

  7. I ended up watching this again just now (i had watched it once before), because my cousin was asking about bubble tea and I was trying to figure out how to explain it to her… and then I hear about only choosing black pearls…….. then I start singing EXO’s black pearl OTL Only me…

  8. gongchai is from TAIWAN, NOT KOREA

  9. Intern Leigh needs to be called Gorgeous Intern Leigh. Hey gurl, I’d buy you a drank anytime

  10. 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. :)

  11. 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……..

  12. Ahh that was hilarious! In NYC, the best boba tea place IMO is KungFu Tea, also has customization in terms of sugar and ice. Bubbles are infused with honey so i normally get 30% sugar and it is just as good. The herbal jelly is quite good as well! :)

  13. Haha, this was great, can’t wait for the next one EATYOURKIMCHI CREW! *cue gangsta music*

  14. Actually a Gong Cha just opened up where I live, I’m from Australia~ Might actually go try it now XD

  15. Nice Eddie Murphy reference there Simon!

  16. WINTER MELON TEA IS DA BOMB MAN… drink it with pudding!!! it will be nice!!!

    if u go singapore.. try KOI!!! da best~ better than GongCha! :P

  17. Simon said “people got to know the truf”….. Korean Engrish FTW?… Also Is that a “man purse”, S? Nice.

  18. Bubble tea is my absolute favourite beverage and I am so glad you guise went FAPFAPing about it!!! ….I love you guise and IMA EATMYKIMCHILIKEAMAN!!!

  19. My favourites are the almond milk tea (with black tea) and the original milk tea.

    Have you heard of Chatime? As soon as you walk into their store, the perfumes of the black tea welcomes you with a hug. I can only speak for their original bubble milk tea; they’re rich and just perfect once you personalize the ice and sugar amounts. They’re legit. The taste reminds me of being in Taiwan… and here’s the kicker: they have a location in TORONTO — Dundas St W (two or three doors down from Kenzo Ramen) to be more specific. Apparently they’ve been expanding really quickly in south-east asia and asia (think Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan). I highly recommend Chatime.

  20. There’s an Asian market in my area… they have a cafeteria which serves bubble tea. Not sure if it’s Gong Cha, but bubble tea IS available in North America. You just have to know where to look for it.

  21. I found a bubble tea shop in my city a few days ago. And it happened just after watching this video. So, what can I say..? It’s delicious! (^o^)/

  22. 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


  24. This FAPFAP was really amazing and funny…. the wind swept hair made the food porn shots amazing. mad props :)

  25. 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!

  26. Omg! Simon i had something similar in chinatown NYC! I was so excited because I had heard so much about bubble tea. The owner of the shop talked me into the melon flavor with unflavored tapioca pearls. Ewwwwwwww was an understatement. She watched as I took my first sip. I tried my hardest to smile and give her the “yummy” face. I swore I would never try it again. However after watching today’s FAPFAP, I now know what to order and WHAT NOT to order. Thanks guise!!!!!!

  27. Leigh and Soozee are sooo pretty! They have perfect V-lines and high cheekbones! T^T I look up to them a ton (and Martina too of course!) Wait if we started sending stuff to Leigh and SooZee? Would they join in on the Fan chats?! :DDDD

  28. Taro milk tea from ShareTea is the best imo.

    • OMG YES, sharetea is my favorite in singapore and their taro with pudding is the delicious chant towards diabetes for me its so addictive! plus that place on the first floor of wisma, cant rmb their name havent been in awhile but theirs is crazy delicious.
      (have to say i never got the gong cha craze, tried lots of stuff from them and it always tastes flatter than other places)

  29. Simon towering over everyone in the store… :P

  30. You guys should try the Golden Ovaltine Milk Tea if they have that flavour over there and if you have a sweet tooth (: That’s the drink I always go with when I order from Gong Cha.

  31. I go to Bubblepong in gangnam station. They do smoothie types.
    Taro is really good!!!!! I mean generally not specifically in Bubblepong.
    I’m so addicted to bubbletea thesedays

  32. So, I had never heard of Bubble Tea but I searched it and theres 3 different places here in Louisville, KY that serve bubble tea!!

  33. try the caramel milk tea (low sugar) with white jelly. i swear its is really good!

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

    • describing it really doesnt do it justice cos itll just sound pretty gross to someone whos either never tried it before or didnt grow up with that sort of love for gelatinous textures in food (which exists alot in asia but iv heard some westerners cant take, as described by s and m in their description above). the basis is just that theres these starch? balls put into the tea, but then this tea can take all forms, like places like gong cha can have literally a hundred choices, and its not just tea, it can be taro, melon, grape etc and it varies greatly from person to person what they like and what they find disgusting. you can just get it as plain tea but usually its actually milk tea, that color that you see in the video(im not sure where youre from but in asia, milk tea is not just tea with milk and sugar, its tea with condensed milk, which is a world of delicious difference). iv never had a disgusting bubble tea before but then iv only had it across asia and a few times in london, if you find a place run by asians you probably wont go wrong, but yes some places make their balls better than others haha

  35. 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!

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