Thursday, August 19, 2010

Max Tea Tarikk (Instant Milk Tea)

I managed to sample Max Tea Tarikk because of my friend Brian who recently visited Singapore. He gave me two brands to try out and Max Tea Tarikk was one of them. As I've been accustomed to, I added a teaspoon of condensed milk which I shouldn't have done since Max Tea Tarikk was sweet enough. This one tasted a bit like Super Milk Tea since it had a citrus after-taste.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Owl Teh Tarik (Instant Milk Tea)

Owl Teh Tarik (hand-pulled milk tea) is probably one of the best instant milk tea brands I've sampled. It's the closest rendition of hand-pulled milk tea in powder form. I couldn't help but ooh and aah when I first tasted it and had to stop myself from finishing the pack I bought from Singapore in a week. It because too sweet though when I added condensed milk, but was perfect when I added fresh milk on another day. Definitely getting several packs when I visit Singapore again.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Super Milk Tea (Instant 3-in-1)

I just tried Super's instant milk tea just now. Tasted like milk tea from hawker centers but with a citrus twist aftertaste. I think I should have added some condensed milk when I had a glass. It's not so bad though, I think I'll have another try soon.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Kozui Green Tea

Headed to Kozui Green Tea at Tomas Morato with a couple of friends after attending an event. It was just two blocks away from the event so Sweetie and I just walked. It was nestled between an internet cafe and a resto. Everything was green inside Kozui and I felt totally refreshed after walking under the sun.

I immediately scanned the menu for milk tea (addict!) and found that they had tea lattes. Of course, majority of the drinks available had green tea as its base (obviously!). Most of my friends had fruit teaz, flavored green tea. Here's Karla's drink, flavored green tea with lemon (Sweetie had his with raspberry):

So I spoiled the fun and ordered iced black tea latte since I thought it would be the best tasting milk tea drink. I liked it but just found it a little bitter (I like my milk tea sweet).

Juned had some "green tea halo-halo" (I forgot to get its exact name). I had a spoonful of green tea ice cream and loved it. I'll definitely get some green tea ice cream next time I have the chance to visit Kozui.

And I hope next time I'll have some space in my tummy to try out their snacks like this takoyaki balls that Sha and Karla shared.

Kozui Green Tea (map)
258 B Tomas Morato Ave.
Quezon City
Phone: +632-413-2705
Open Daily: 9am-12mn (Monday to Thursday); 9am-1am (Friday to Sunday)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Mr. Tea Milk Tea (Instant 3-in-1)

I got a pack of Mr. Tea instant Milk Tea in Singapore during my last trip. I was actually looking for a pack of Gold Kili Milk Tea since I loved its taste so I just got a pack of Mr. Tea's instant milk tea instead. (Since it's called Mr. Tea, I kinda thought I'd find Mr. T's photo on it, LOL).

Immediately tried it when I got home in Manila and thought it tasted like milk tea sold at hawker centers. Just added a teaspoon of condensed milk to make it a bit sweeter. It's one of my frequent afternoon delights.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Tea at Caffe Ti-amo

I was pleasantly surprised when we were served peppermint and lemon grass tea at Caffe Ti-Amo during their store blessing today. The store manager brought us this cool looking device and explained that they would steep fresh tea leaves in it. You just need to place hot water, the tea leaves and wait 15 minutes. When it's ready just put it on the cup and it will automatically transfer the tea sans the leaves.

I tried out the peppermint tea and I almost finished off the whole cup since it was really good. One order is about PhP100 (huge serving!). And they also sell the tea gadget for about PhP2K.

You may want to read more about Caffe Ti-amo. I wrote about their yummy Italian gelato in Lakwatsera Ako.

Caffe Ti-Amo
Upper Ground Floor,
SM North EDSA Annex

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Mine Shine

Milk tea fanatics will surely love this treasure my husband and I discovered at 7-Eleven. Yes, 7-Eleven!!!

Introducing, Mine Shine, a ready to drink milk tea beverage available at all 7-Eleven stores. At first we only found it at one of the branches in Makati, but it eventually became available in the 7-Eleven store near our home (hooray for that!).

How does it taste? It tastes like the hokkaido milk tea at Serenitea. Far from the taste of Pokka's and Royal milk tea since it doesn't have a citrus tinge.

Definitely something I'm storing in my ref. Thank you 7-Eleven!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Amaretto Tea Latte, Serenitea

My husband loves amaretto. He orders amaretto coffee whenever it's available. He loves it so much that I once had a long line of tweets with other tweeters about how to find this flavoring. Also tried to look for it locally but I have been unsuccessful.

So you can just imagine how he lit up when he saw listed in Serenitea's menu the Amaretto Tea Latte. He also had coffee jelly with it and just had 75% sweetness level.

And his reaction? (He mistakenly posted it on Plurk when I asked him what he thought about the drink).

Serenitea location details are here.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Okinawa Milk Tea, Serenitea

The first drink I ordered at Serenitea was the Okinawa Milk Tea. I had a hard time choosing since they had a long list of milk tea choices. Good thing the tea barista was helpful and describe how the different choices tasted. I was still confused though (probably because I was so excited) so I ended up choosing the #1 choice in their top ten list.

The Okinawa Milk Tea (#2 choice though in their San Juan branch).

I did not go wrong in my choice since I liked it very much. Drew asked me how it tasted and I said, "It's not floral. Not lemon-y." I want my milk tea flat, not bitter and not too sweet so the Okinawa Milk Tea at 75% sweetness level was just perfect. I had a hard time adjusting to the pearls though since I've always had my milk tea straight (no add ons like pearls, crystals or what-not). I'll probably have the barista lessen the amount of pearls next time.

I had the Okinawa Milk Tea at Serenitea BF Homes, Paranaque. Address and map can be found at this post.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Serenitea Cha Kitchen

There's a number of tea places sprouting around the Metro and I heard about Serenitea from Plurker friends. We immediately looked for a chance to go to BF Homes in Paranaque. We found our excuse when Miguel said that he had class on a Saturday. We promptly volunteered to pick him up (even though the school bus could've brought him home).

We were famished by the time we got to Serenitea. It wasn't hard to find on Aguirre Avenue in BF Homes. It was just a few establishments away from Chi's Brick Oven. Just go straight on Aguirre Avenue and you won't miss it.

At Serenitea we were greeted by a very pleasant attendant. She painstakingly introduced us how to choose and order and also gave an overview on how the beverages differed from one another. The top ten list she showed us was also very helpful in guiding us what to order.

So essentially you have to choose your drink, your toppings and the sweetness level. For starters I got a large glass of Okinawa Milk Tea with pearls. I didn't want to push the limits of my tonsils so I said that the sweetness level should just be at 75%. I'll post about the other drinks we got on a separate post.

Here's how the tea drinks are served:

Serenitea also serves snacks. We had the following:

 Chicken Chop

Fish and Fries

Pepper Tofu

Serenitea has 3 branches:

Paranaque (map)
268 Aguirre Avenue,
BF Homes, Paranaque
Tel. +632-794-3288

San Juan (map)
Unit 1f Ground Flr, G&L Building
Little Baguio, J Abad Santos corner V. Cruz St.
Little Baguio, San Juan
Tel. +632-379-4166

Quezon City
74B N. Roxas St., Banawe,
Sto. Domingo, Quezon City

Monday, March 29, 2010

Pokka Milk Tea at SM Hypermarket!

I've been quite worried about my instant milk tea stash. My Gold Kili pack is dwindling fast and I'm still trying to find somebody who can get me some from Singapore.

We were trying to find a good brand of Mint tea the other day at SM Hypermarket when we chanced upon (at the bottom of the shelf) a couple of Pokka Milk Tea! The cans looked like people were ignoring it (good for me!). I got one can and tried it out during dinner. It tasted better than the Pokka Milk Tea I got in Singapore! Not sure why, but the canned one tasted a lot better.

So when we did our groceries last weekend I got several cans. Weeee!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Kopi Roti Milk Tea

I usually order iced tea with milk at Kopi Roti, but since my tonsils were taking awhile to get well I decided to try out hot milk tea.

I was quite nervous at first since I didn't know if I'd like it. I was hooked at the first sip though and now I'm not sure which I like better. Maybe I'll order both next time I visit Kopi Roti. LOL.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Homemade Milk Tea with Sariwangi

I wasn't feeling too well the past two weeks and couldn't drink iced milk tea. I was kinda desperate already so I thought I'd try it out hot.

I then steeped a bag of Sariwangi black tea and added a tablespoon of condensed milk.

It was an awesome experience!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Teh Tarik at Makansutra

We were in the Manila area a few days ago and decided to have lunch at the Manila Ocean Park since it's been almost 2 years since the last time we visited. Aside from the aquarium area we were pleasantly surprised that the mall side was almost filled up with stores and restaurants. One great addition was Makansutra, a resto that offers a variety of Asian cuisine.

I was pretty pleased that Makansutra had teh tarik and I immediately ordered a glass (it's just PhP45!).

Ahhh... at last a place I can get authentic and yummy teh tarik.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Starbucks Full Tea Latte

I got so excited the other night when I saw a banner promoting Starbucks' new line of tea drinks. I had just been disappointed by an iced tea milk review I just did so seeing the banner gave me hope that I'd be able to find something yummylicious to drink in the Metro.

Finally got a chance to go to Starbucks after attending an event. We were forced to leave early because the venue was filling up with smoke and that's a death trap for me. We weren't ready yet to go home so we headed towards Starbucks to check out the new tea menu. The addition was basically just tea (full tea), then tea with steamed milk (full tea latte) and they still had the usual chai latte. I asked Miguel to get me some iced full tea latte and he brought back a list of tea flavors to choose from. I chose Earl Grey thinking that it was going to be the usual black tea.

I was surprised when he brought me a tall glass of iced tea, so I went back to the counter and asked if they got my order right. Apparently they don't make iced full tea lattes and the barista told me to just get some milk from the service table. So I got some whole milk and added it to the iced tea.

Seeing that the color and consistency was the same as what I prepare at home I excitedly took a sip... and... was disappointed. It was the floral taste again. Oh well, I guess I should research more about the different tea flavors and understand better what works with milk and what doesn't.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sereni-tea at Bona Coffee

Sweetie and I found ourselves at Bona Coffee Westgate the other night. Our movie date was postponed since the movie we wanted to watch was SRO! Quickly left the mall and decided to drive around Westgate. Passed by Bona Coffee and decided to kill time there since we had a few hours before we could pick up Miguel from his prom.

Since it was evening I didn't want to drink coffee. I didn't find anything close to chai latte/milk tea so I had a hard time choosing. The jolly barista seeing that I was having a hard time suggested I try out their sereni-tea drink. He described what was in it but I stopped listening when he said that it had milk in it. I immediately said yes.

I was really excited to try out the drink since I've just been making my own milk tea at home the past few weeks. The color and consistency of the drink was similar to all the other milk teas I've drank but I was in for a surprise. The tea that was used in the drink was the "floral" kind. It tasted like sampaguita. I know a couple of people who like that kind of tea but I don't. I thought it was just a bit sweet so I added a bit of water, but this didn't dilute the floral taste.

Anyway, I guess I'm going to stick to coffee when I'm at Bona Coffee.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Why I Love Singapore

This is a phone with me having iced tea with milk an hour after I landed in Singapore. I had to go straight to the hospital for my check-up, but since we had about 30 minutes before my appointment we decided to have a snack. The snack turned out to be some yummy Korean beef and then I grabbed some iced tea with milk from the "drinks stall" for just SG$1.30.

One of the things I love about Singapore is the fact that you can get iced tea with milk anywhere and everywhere! Most hawkers center drinks stall sell tea with milk (except for the one on Victoria Street near Bras Basah Road, hmph!). I remember when Drew and I were on our way to Jurong Bird Park we actually got some at the bus station. (Yeah we are addicted to it!).

I was half-way through the drink when my husband finally got my attention for a photo-opt. Yumyumyum!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Pokka Milk Tea

One of the things I love about Singapore is the variety of beverages available. I cannot count the number of brands/flavors/SKUs you can choose from at hawker centers/supermarkets/convenience stores. Every time I head down to Singapore I always find myself checking out the nearest 7-Eleven store for new drinks.

My latest find is the ready-to-drink milk tea. I was jumping up and down with this discovery and Sweetie immediately put it in the grocery basket.

My take? It's pretty good, just a bit lemon-y for my taste, but that doesn't mean I won't drink it. If I had the chance to bring home some for Drew I would have. :)

Friday, January 29, 2010

Gold Kili Instant Milk Tea

So I got the chance to go to Singapore last week. I made sure to drink at least one glass of iced tea with milk every day since I won't be able to do that locally. One of the things I made sure to look for was instant tea milk since I was quite disappointed with the last one I tried.

I had a hard time choosing which brand to buy when we went to Cold Storage on Orchard Road. I wanted to buy several packs but was afraid of going overweight so I finally chose Gold Kili only because it seemed to be the most in demand (few left on the shelf).

And it was a good choice. Tastes a bit sharp though. A teaspoon of condensed milk takes the sharpness out and makes it the perfect instant milk tea.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sariwangi Tea

Last Christmas I received a package from my Kuya and the package included a couple of packs of coffee. Just discovered this morning what was inside the box of tea (the text was in bahasa) and was pleasantly surprised to find 6 boxes of flavored tea!

Oh what joy! It's going to take me awhile though to sample them all.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Instant Tea Milk

We're seriously back-logged for this blog but I can assure you that both Drew and I have been scouring our individual cities for yummy tea drinks.

Saw this instant tea milk (Galingco Nai Cha) the other day at the grocery so I got one pack to try it out. I dissolved it first with some hot water before I added cold water and ice.

My take? Good thing I just bought 1 pack.