Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Complete Me Tea

So I need to do a lot of catching up with this blog that Drew and I concocted a few months back when we were in Singapore. It took us a long time to decide on a blog name because most of the names we thought about were already taken! So this blog took awhile to brew.

I'm honestly far from being a tea connoisseur. I only developed a liking to tea because I had no choice. I became allergic to powdered drinks and soda, so I was forced to explore other options.

I was 15 years old the first time I drank tea. It happened in Japan and we had to participate in a tea ceremony. I was terrified because I thought that it would be bitter and we were told that we had to finish everything that was served. After the first sip I realized that it wasn't so bad and that I liked it (it was green tea). Eventually I would drink tea every chance I got (which was rare).

I fell in love with tea and tea-based drinks again when I chanced upon Kopi Roti's milk tea (iced). I introduced it to Drew during a trip in Davao and he instantly fell in love with it. So we made a pact to find the best milk tea (and tea based drink) anywhere we go (even though we both become zombies when we drink it after 4 in the afternoon, blame the caffeine).

So this tea blog exists because of that pact and we hope to document all the best finds we chance upon.

Happy tea drinking!

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Iced Chayen at Au Bon Pain

Iced Chayen at Au Bon Pain
Iced Chayen. 105 Baht

As I waited for the Jungceylon mall in Phuket, Thailand to open, I scoured the food establishments in front that were already taking in customers. I've always been a fan of Au Bon Pain and now, more than ever, because of their delicious Iced Chayen.

Iced Chayen is also known as Thai Iced Tea. It is usually freshly brewed and mixed with condensed milk and heaps of ice. Au Bon Pain used powdered tea for my drink, which I didn't mind. The lady at the counter asked me if I wanted mine ice blended or iced. I've never tried ice blended Thai Iced Tea, so I went for that option. Think Frapuccino, but Thai tea. The result was a cool, creamy tea shake with a familiar taste but nice twist. It was served with whipped cream on top drizzled with Thai tea syrup.

Au Bon Pain
Jungceylon Mall,
Patong, Phuket, Thailand