Wednesday, June 29th
This post will be the first of a series called Wanchai Wanderings. In the series, will showcase the nearby eateries that me and my fellow intern from work discover during our lunch hour.
Today’s agenda was focused on bubble tea.
What is bubble tea?
It’s a Taiwanese creation of a milky drink (often containing strongly brewed black tea, condensed milk, and sweetener) that contains chewy balls of tapioca. I suppose you could call it “tea you can eat.”
Bubble tea is easily identifiable by a big fat straw, which is essential to suck up the tapioca balls. When you drink bubble tea, the tapioca pearls are sucked up with the drink and are eaten.
I had been craving bubble tea ever since I had landed in Hong Kong, but had never had a chance to get one.
On our way to the MTR station yesterday, we discovered a bubble tea stand within close distance to our workplace. Thus, we decided to come on our lunch break today and get some refreshments to go with our lunch.
Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side, and it started sprinkling the second we got off the elevator.
Then, what started as a light rain quickly transformed into a full-fledged thunderstorm within three minutes.
Despite being quite wet at this point, we decided to bravely forage ahead to our destination.
However, it only continued to rain harder, so we were forced to seek shelter in a bakery.
We were tempted by the bakery’s many tempting desserts as well as their impressive array of dimsum…
But, we realized that they would only get soggy on our way back to the office.
foolishly foraged on for another five minutes in the miserable rain until we reached our destination.
Of course, the rain slowed down to a light sprinkle minutes after we got to the drink shop.
There were a ton of flavors to choose from.
I ordered an original bubble tea (12 HK) and my coworker ordered a chocolate bubble tea (14 HK)
Verdict: I was only able to drink 2/3s of my tea. The first half was good, but the second half was overly sweet. Additionally, perhaps because of my nonexistent milk consumption in Hong Kong, I felt that it was also a bit too rich.
The lady who took our order mentioned that they also have a mango milk tea, so perhaps I’ll order it in the future sans the milk.
My coworker’s tea choice was quite good; the chocolate flavor was reminiscent of a dark chocolate bar.
The drinks were rather large, and had a fair amount of tapioca, so it looks like dinner will be on the light side tonight.
On our agenda tomorrow? Dessert.
On a separate note, Hong Kong students (recent high school graduates) get their university placement exam results tomorrow. This places a huge amount of stress upon them because the scores determine which universities they will go to. (They receive their university placements in the following week).