Friday, November 17, 2017

Haagen Dazs Green Tea Crispy Sandwich

During my last visit to Japan I vowed to try different types of milk tea everyday. My plan got derailed when I chanced upon the Haagen Dazs Green Tea Crispy Sandwich at Lawson's. I just had to try it.





Back at the hotel I quickly tried out the ice cream sandwich. It was delicious, like drinking green tea frap while eating biscuits. I made a mess though since I didn't go back to the hotel immediately. I tried again the next day and ate it while the ice cream was still firm. It was a better experience.



The treat reminded me about my favorite Singapore ice cream sandwich which you can get from Orchard Road. I like the biscuit better than ice cream on bread. It's quite filling too, so if you're trying it out make some space in your tummy! 
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Milk Tea in Hong Kong

I was told by some friends that the best milk tea in the region can be found in Hong Kong. I had my misgivings since my favorite teh peng is in Singapore. Eventually found myself in Hong Kong a few months ago and immediately looked for milk tea made in Hong Kong.

The first encounter was in our office. I squealed when I saw that we actually had milk tea available in the fridge. I drank one during a meeting and I couldn't help but comment that it was really good. In Singapore/Malaysia most of the milk tea has strong tea flavor, in Taiwan it has more milk, in Hong Kong it was a well balanced blend of milk and tea. It made the drink more smooth, so I really liked it. The person I was meeting said that the one I tried was just a sample of what Hong Kong milk tea is. He suggested I try one that's freshly made.

After work I got my hubby to look for Ten Ren Tea with me. Another friend told me that it was the most popular (and best) milk tea in Hong Kong. He cautioned though that lines were usually long. We finally found the branch that was inside a bookstore. I was immediately taken by the ice cream!



In my mind the ice cream was glistening and singing to me hahaha. It's the best ice cream of its kind. It's been several months since I've been to Hong Kong and I still think about it.




I also tried the milk tea. It was fresh and flavorful, but I must admit that I spent more time enjoying the ice cream. And I completely forgot to take a photo of the drink! I wanted to go back to the shop the next day, but I got so busy at work and had to run to the airport after my event. I guess I'll need to go back to Hong Kong for another chance to drink Ten Ren Tea's milk tea.

I've been trying to get a friend from Hong Kong to buy me Vitasoy milk tea. Luckily the supermarket across our place stocked on them last September so I managed to buy some. Too bad though they ran out after the huge promo they did. Now I have to go searching for it in Singapore again...

And yes, Hong Kong milk tea is the best!


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Monday, July 17, 2017

Singapore: Nana's Green Tea

I wanted to try something new for lunch last Saturday. The set meal offerings that Nana's Green Tea had outside of its store looked really appetizing so we decided to eat there. I had been to Nana's Green Tea a few times for snacks, so it was my first time to have a full meal there.

I ordered the hamburger meal set. I was a bit apprehensive at first since I didn't know if I would like the sauce that they put on top of the burger. Japanese burger is so tasty since it usually has milk and bread crumbs in it, but I usually pair it with a Japanese brown sauce and not gravy. Nana's Green Tea served it with peanut tasting gravy and grated raddish. It was a burst of flavors when I took my first bite. It found it a bit disconcerting that the gravy tasted like peanut butter, but the flavor just matched the burger perfectly. I will definitely go back to Nana's Green Tea for the burger.

To matcha my meal I ordered cold matcha latte with vanilla ice cream. I had the ice cream added since I find green tea a bit bitter. Mixing vanilla ice cream and green tea latte makes the beverage just perfect for me. I used to order matcha green tea shake, but it takes me so long to finish the drink because the ice takes longer to melt. Latte + ice cream works best for me. I also like Nana's Green Tea matcha beverages because you know that the green tea they use is real and not processed. Some similar drinks lose the green tea flavor because they try to mask the bitterness too much.

Hubby prefers hot tea, so that's what he usually orders when we eat out (it's his teapot in the background of my yummy drink).

Nana's Green Tea is located at Plaza Singapura. I will surely be back soon! 
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Friday, July 14, 2017

Haagen Dazs Royal Milk Tea Ice Cream

Two weeks ago I saw a post made by Haagen Dazs Singapore that they were selling special milk tea ice cream! I immediately looked for their branches and my heart sank when I realized most of the branches were far from my home and workplace. Delivery was also not available in my area. I also did not get a reply from their FB page when I asked if there were other places I could get it from.

Yesterday after a botched doctor appointment I took the bus to Plaza Singapura so I could take the train home from there. I decided to drop by Cold Storage so I could get a few ingredients I needed for my dinner project. I usually avoid the fridge areas in Cold Storage because it can get quite cold. Last night I decided to brave the ice cream aisle to check if they were selling Haagen Dazs ice cream. I was ecstatic when I found out that they had Royal Milk Tea ice cream available.



Immediately rushed home after buying the ice cream and a few other things. My knee was numb from having my grocery bag on my lap during the train ride home. Cooked dinner and after the meal I happily pronounced, "Time for milk tea ice cream!"

My other favorite ice cream flavor is mocha (by Magnolia or Selecta). I've been craving for milk tea ice cream since I tried it last month in Hong Kong so the quest to find the Haagen Dazs ice cream is very important to me. I usually have royal milk tea when I'm in Tokyo. It took me some time to get used to the flavor. I must say that royal milk tea is better when it's ice cream. And best eaten from a cone!

Now planning to hoard a few more pints this weekend...
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Friday, July 7, 2017

Taiwan: Milk Tea at Hanlin

Last night I had the opportunity to walk around the vicinity of my hotel and found "Hanlin" at the food court. Hanlin boasts that they are the origin of bubble tea. They have been around since 1986.



The menu had a long list of choices but I didn't want to be too adventurous so I just got the tieguanyin milk tea (but without bubbles). I realize though that I should've ordered it with bubbles and with 80% sugar (next time!). No bubbles and just 50% sugar is just like putting milk and tea together without the oomph. I still like that it was flavorful though.


Brought the cup back to the hotel since I didn't want to hangout in a busy food court. I paired it with creamy tomato mushroom pasta from Underground (a no meat resto). I had a fabulous dinner with my boys joining me over Google Hangout. 


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Sunday, July 2, 2017

How to Make Homemade Basil Tea

According to naturalon.com, basil tea helps with diabetes, arthritis, kidney stones, relieves headaches is a natural pain killer, supports oral health, immune system, respiratory health, and healthy skin.
In addition, basil contains iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, vitamin C and potassium.  So drinking a cup of basil tea not only induces relaxation, but is also a healthy alternative.

It's also easy to grow your own basil plant at home.  Doing so will provide you with ample basil to make regular cups of tea.  It will also serve as a reminder that when those leaves need to be harvested, then that's time you need to prepare basil tea.

Preparing Homemade basil tea has never been so easy.



Ingredients:
  • 4 - 5 basil leaves
  • 1 cup hot water (250mg)
  • honey
  1. Cut 4 - 5 basil leaves from the stalk and chop in to smaller sizes to unleash the flavor.
  2. Place chopped basil leaves in a tea steeper or infuser.  (Since we're just making one cup, we have our cute koala tea steeper placed inside a cup.
  3. Boil water and pour the hot water in the cup with the steeper.
  4. Add honey to sweeten.
  5. Stir and set aside for 5 minutes.
 

And that's it!  You have yourself a refreshing cup of fresh homemade basil tea.

Relax and have your tea, completely. :)


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

8tea5 Milk Tea



Bubble tea-ing in Brussels!

Found this place while waiting for my laundry to finish. Got the Taiwanese Classic Milk Tea with Lychee Poppers. They ran out of tapioca, but still so good!

And that name though. (my name is Andrew) 😂

Definitely check this place out if you're in Brussels and craving for a milk tea fix. They have heaps of varieties on their menu as well as poppers and sinkers. You'll be hard pressed not to find what you like.
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