Gong Cha, Tomas Morato

The name Gong Cha (“the emperor” and “contributed” in Chinese) denotes “the best tea contributed to the king from all possessions.” it now translates to the store’s central philosophy: to treats its customers as emperors and provide them with only the best products.

While the area in Tomas Morato is now teeming with milk tea shops, for the longest time, it was only Gong Cha in Il Terrazzo Mall that my officemates and I were aware of.

Gong Cha, Tomas Morato

Recently, after lunch nearby with my officemates, I opted to drop by and give in to my personal milk tea obsession: to taste each milk tea shop’s version of pearl milk tea with salted cream.

At Gong Cha, this takes the form of Milk Tea with Pearl Jelly (Php85) topped with Gong Cha House Special Milk Cream (Php42).

Gong Cha, Tomas Morato

Gong Cha, Tomas Morato

Gong Cha’s pearl milk tea is made from premium tea leaves freshly brewed every day and served with chewy tapioca pearls. The special salted cream that tops my drink is rich and frothy, definitely complementing the tea’s flavor.

I enjoyed myself with this drink as my well-deserved afternoon indulgence at work.

Gong Cha, Tomas Morato

This Gong Cha branch is located at Second Floor, Il Terrazzo Mall, Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout Madrinan Street, South Triangle, Quezon City.

Other branches are located at:

  • Quezon City: Eastwood Mall, Robinsons Galleria, Cyberpark Tower 1, Shopwise Araneta, Robinsons Magnolia, UP Town Center, SM Sta. Mesa, Fisher Mall, Trinoma Mall, SKY Garden and Main Building SM North EDSA, SM Sun Mall, Amoranto Street – Banawe, Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, SM City Fairview, Ayala Fairview Terraces
  • Pasig: L&Y Plaza Ugong, Ortigas Technopoint, Ayala Feliz,
  • Marikina: SM City Marikina
  • San Juan: Theater Mall Greenhills Shopping Center, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Santolan Town Plaza
  • Mandaluyong: Greenfield District, SM Light Mall, Forum Robinsons
  • Taguig: Uptown Place Mall, SM Aura Premier, Vista Mall Taguig, Fort Victoria Building, Venice Grand Canal Mall
  • Makati: Powerplant Mall, Glorietta 1, Glorietta 4, SM Jazz Mall, SM Makati, Landmark, Greenbelt Hamilton Tower, San Lorenzo Place Condominium, Shell Magallanes
  • Pasay: Newport City, Met Live Mall, MOA Arena, Entertainment Mall MOA, SM by the Bay
  • Manila: 2 Torre Lorenzo, The One Grand Centre, SM City Manila, Robinsons Place Manila, SM City San Lazaro, G-2 Avenue of the Arts, Lucky Chinatown
  • Caloocan: SM City Sangandaan
  • Paranaque: SM City BF, SM City Sucat,
  • Valenzuela: SM City Valenzuela
  • Las Pinas: The Village Square Alabang, SM Southmall, Vista Mall Las Pinas, Evia Lifestyle Center
  • Muntinlupa: Alabang Town Center, Festival Mall

Gong Cha Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Thai Milk Tea at Cha Tuk Chak, Greenhills

You could probably say that milk tea flows through my veins. With the exception of coffee, it has replaced all other beverages as my go-to drink when I go out or when I feel like having something delivered.

While I was planning my shopping trip in Greenhills this morning, I remembered to check my MetroDeal app for good deals in the area. I chanced upon the 40% off on Cha Tuk Chak drinks: in effect, I get Php165 worth of drinks for only Php99.

Thinking that I could probably bring home some for the kiddies, I got myself two of these Metro Deal vouchers which I presented to the Cha Tuk Chak branch in Greenhills after my brief shopping spree.

Cha Tuk Chak, Greenhills

Cha Tuk Chak, Greenhills

Thai Milk Tea is not as prevalent as its Taiwanese counterpart, which is kind of a shame, really. The difference mainly lies in its use of condensed milk. Add in the black tea leaves from Thailand that Cha Tuk Chak uses and you’ve got yourself a fresh set of flavors to like.

Cha Tuk Chak, Greenhills

Today, I brought home:

Cha Yen (Php110/Php125). Thailand’s signature smooth and creamy orange-tinged milk tea.

Cha Tuk Chak, Greenhills

Nom Yen (Php120/Php135). A Thai drink made of local palm sala syrup and milk.

Cha Tuk Chak, Greenhills

Koko Yen (Php110/Php125). A gourmet dark chocolate drink crafted the Thai way.

Cha Tuk Chak, Greenhills

Imagine the kids’ delight when I came home with these in tow!

Cha Tuk Chak, Greenhills

And thanks to MetroDeal, I got these drinks for only Php208!

Want discounts on food, travel and entertainment around the metro? Download the MetroDeal app today! Use my code MDAJ40356 upon checkout to get additional Php50 off your first purchase.

This Cha Tuk Chak branch is located at Ground Floor, Lifestyle Arcade, Greenhills Shopping Centre, San Juan City, open daily from 10am to 9pm.

Other branches are located at:

  • Ground Floor, Paseo Center, Paseo De Roxas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
  • Devour Food Hub, 1216 E. Rodriguez Avenue, New Manila, Quezon City
  • Ground Floor, Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City
  • The Rock Lifestyle Hub, Holy Spirit Drive, Holy Spirit, Quezon City
  • Third Floor, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Binondo, Manila
  • 120 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City
  • Pobstacion Food Park, B. Valdez Street, Poblacion, Makati City
  • Upper Ground Floor, The Parkway, SM City Fairview, Novaliches, Quezon City
  • Dish 101, Pearl Plaza, Pearl Drive, Ortigas, Pasig City

Cha Tuk Chak Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Premium milk tea at The Alley, SM North EDSA

Another Taiwan-based milk tea brand has come to our shores and it couldn’t be more welcome.

The Alley is famous for its Brown Sugar Deerioca Series, more commonly known as brown sugar pearls in creamy fresh milk. It opened its first branch in SM Mall of Asia in May of this year under a bit of controversy, given that there are some similarly named milk tea shops already operating around the metro.

Deerioca is actually The Alley’s version of the chewy, handcrafted tapioca pearls cooked in first-rate brown sugar, the kind that adds a new dimension of flavor to the drink. And in case you’re wondering, the Deerioca pearls take their name from the deer featured in The Alley’s logo. (As for why a deer is featured in the logo, that’s a question for another day. :-))

During one of our forays in SM North EDSA, just after our #happylunch, my boss and I spied the relatively newly opened branch of The Alley near the entrance.

The Alley, SM North EDSA

And I thought: why not have a milk tea drink for dessert?

And that is how we went back to the office with The Alley drinks in tow.

The Alley, SM North EDSA

The Alley, SM North EDSA

Currently obsessed with milk teas topped with cheese foam, I got myself a Snow Velvet Deerioca Tea Latte (Php130). Aside from the inclusion of The Alley’s Signature tapioca pearls, it is topped with a thick layer of salted cheese foam.

The Alley, SM North EDSA

My boss went for a simpler drink: The Alley Milk Tea (Php100) which provides a fuss-free milk tea experience.

The Alley, SM North EDSA

The Alley’s milk tea drinks are characterized by a smooth and premium mouthfeel and the full-bodied taste of freshly brewed loose-leaf tea. I would say it’s worth the price and effort to go to SM North EDSA and buy this premium milk tea treat every once in a while.

The Alley, SM North EDSA

This branch of The Alley is located at the Upper Ground Floor, Main Building, SM City North EDSA, Bago Bantay, Quezon City, open daily from 10am to 10pm.

Another branch is located at Ground Floor, Main Mall, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

The Alley Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Milk tea treat at Infinitea, Tomas Morato

Like I said in many previous blog posts, my workplace in the Tomas Morato area is blessed to be in such close proximity to milk tea shops. This makes the object of my current food obsession so easily accessible to me in practically all of its possible iterations.

Take Infinitea, for example. Established in 2010, this milk tea brand already has over 200 stores in the country, one of which is located along Scout Borromeo, just a few minutes walk from my office.

Milk tea fans will be happy to know that here, they can expect drinks made of 100% loose-leaf teas freshly brewed everyday.

Infinitea, Tomas Morato

Aside from milk teas, Infinitea also serves a wide variety of drinks which include original teas, frappes, fruit teas, lemonades, ice-blended, soda pops, and even hot beverages.

Infinitea, Tomas Morato

However, my mission here concerns only satinh my craving for milk tea with salted cream. It is made with Nai Cha (original Hong Kong-style milk tea made from black tea and milk) and topped with a mixture of heavy cream and sea salt whipped together. This concoction only costs Php100: Php75 for the Nai Cha and Php25 for the salted cream.

Infinitea, Tomas Morato

I found this drink smooth and full-bodied, and at 75% sugar level, it has just the right amount of sweetness.

Infinitea, Tomas Morato

Infinitea, Tomas Morato

I would have preferred it to have boba pearls; alas, none were available during my visit to the store and cooking a fresh batch would take thirty minutes.

By the way, it is also quite filling.

Well, I guess my universe of possibilities for my milk tea breaks just got bigger.

Infinitea, Tomas Morato

This Infinitea branch is located at 26 Scout Borromeo, South Triangle, Quezon City, open daily from 10am to 10pm. For inquiries or to order your drink for delivery, call +63 2 3734887.

Infinitea Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Milk tea adventure at Xing Fu Tang, Greenhills

In the last sweltering days of summer, just before the rainy season began, I met up with some friends at Greenhills’ Promenade Mall to go on a milk tea adventure.

A new milk tea place has just opened in the mall, another entrant into the already crowded milk tea category.

Xing Fu Tang, Greenhills

Xing Fu Tang, Greenhills

Xing Fu Tang, Greenhills

Also originating from milk tea’s motherland of Taiwan, Xing Fu Tang’s claim to fame is its brown sugar milk drink. Chewy boba pearls are cooked in brown sugar syrup prior to being placed in a cup which is then filled with milk tea. You will recognize this trendy drink by the “tiger stripes” along the sides of the cup.

Xing Fu Tang, Greenhills

Xing Fu Tang, Greenhills

Xing Fu Tang, Greenhills

Xing Fu Tang, Greenhills

Still, Xing Fu Tang has a lot more going for it than just brown sugar milk. The Greenhills store, for instance, has a wooden Chinese fortune chest. You open the drawer that matches the characters in the bamboo stick you selected from a bunch, then you can read your fortune. It’s a fun and novel way to pass the time, especially when lines get long.

Xing Fu Tang, Greenhills

Xing Fu Tang, Greenhills

Xing Fu Tang, Greenhills

Xing Fu Tang’s beverage offerings that our group sampled include:

Brown Sugar Boba Milk (Php120).

Xing Fu Tang, Greenhills

Mango Smoothie and Rabbit Panna Cotta (Php145).

Xing Fu Tang, Greenhills

Brown Sugar Boba and Herbal Jelly Milk (Php130).

Xing Fu Tang, Greenhills

Matcha Boba Milk (Php120).

Xing Fu Tang, Greenhills

Grapefruit Green Tea (Php120).

Xing Fu Tang, Greenhills

Soda and Handmade Jelly (Php120).

Xing Fu Tang, Greenhills

I find Xing Fu Tang’s approach to its drinks whimsically creative in presentation, taste and mouthfeel. The addition of a rabbit-shaped panna cota on top of the mango fruit drink, for instance, is a conversation piece in itself. The combination of the fizzy soda with the hand-made jelly spheres, on the other hand, made for an interesting drink.

Xing Fu Tang, Greenhills

I’d love to come back and try the other drinks soon!

Many thanks to Francis G for sharing his GC!

This Xing Fu Tang branch is located at Ground Floor, Promenade, Greeenhills, Shopping Center, San Juan, open Mondays to Fridays from 11am to 10pm and Saturdays to Sundays from 10am to 10pm.

Another branch is located at Fifth Floor, The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City, open Mondays to Fridays from 11am to 10pm and Saturdays to Sundays from 10am to 10pm.

Xing Fu Tang Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Creme Milk Teas at Dakasi, Tomas Morato

My obsession for boba milk teas is showing no signs of abating. No doubt it is helped by the abundance of milk tea shops where I can sate my cravings.

In Tomas Morato near my workplace, for example, is a branch of Dakasi, a milk tea brand originating from Taiwan. It offers a wide array of drinks made with fresh ingredients, with little to no additives. It prides itself on its own recipes for cooking tea, boba (tapioca pearls) and sugar, resulting to its own unique taste in drinks.

Dakasi, Tomas Morato

Dakasi, Tomas Morato

Over several visits, I have tried several of Dakasi’s drinks, its Creme Series in particular. Dakasi’s creme drinks are topped with a thick foamy creme made of fresh milk, whipped cream, sugar and salt. This adds a whole new dimension to the drinks which I do heartily welcome.

The drinks I have sampled include:

Creme Chocolate (Php140 for large). One of the series’ non-tea-based drinks, it has a rich chocolatey taste which holds its own against the creme topping.

Dakasi, Tomas Morato

Creme Okinawa (Php140 for large). Another non-tea-based drink sweetened by muscovado sugar, well complemented by the creme topping.

Dakasi, Tomas Morato

Creme Hokkaido (Php150 for large). Made with brown sugar syrup and fresh milk with crushed Oreo cookies for added texture, its flavor further enhanced by the salty-sweet creme topping.

Dakasi, Tomas Morato

Aside from its expansive array of drinks, Dakasi also serves food items that can be ordered along with drinks. So far, I have sampled:

Cheesy Beef Quesadilla (Php130). The slightly spicy grilled beef quesadilla goes very well with the cold drinks.

Dakasi, Tomas Morato

Dakasi, Tomas Morato

Tiramisu (Php95). An Italian dessert made of layers of coffee-soaked sponge cake alternated with cream and cheese filling and powdered chocolate. I found this a little bit dry and I would prefer the cheese filling to be richer.

Dakasi, Tomas Morato

So if you have a craving for milk tea while you’re in the Tomas Morato area, do check out Dakasi!

This Dakasi branch is located at the Ground Floor, M Place Condominium, Mother Ignacia Street, South Triangle, Quezon City

Other Metro Manila branches are located at: Level 2, Trinoma | P. Tuazon, Cubao | Level 1, Festival Mall | 207 Banawe Street, Quezon City | Shell McKinley, Forbes Park Makati | 1177-A Dapitan Street, Sampaloc, Manila | G/F Bellagio Residences, 2450 Leon Guinto Street, Malate, Manila | 522 UN Avenue corner Maria Orosa Street, Ermita, Manila | G/F Dela Rosa Carpark, Makati | Level 1 Market! Market! BGC, Taguig | Level 2, SM BF Paranaque City | Ground Floor, Main Station, Tutuban Center Mall, Manila | 2nd Level, Ayala Malls. Loverleaf, Balintawak, Quezon City | G/F Ali Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao | F120-F121 Ayala Malls, Marikina Heights, Marikina City | Level 3 Ayala Malls Feliz, Marcos Highway, Dela Paz, Pasig City

Dakasi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Milk tea adventure at Make Your Own Cafe, Tomas Morato

Fresh from a recent visit to Make Your Own Cafe’s Maginhawa branch, I was absolutely delighted to discover that it will open a branch along Mother Ignacia Avenue, right across the street from my office!

I counted the days until it opened, and at last, in the last weeks of July, it finally did!

Even though I was exhausted from an entire day of meetings, I just knew I had to have a taste of MYO milk teas as soon as they become available in my turf.

Make Your Own Cafe, Tomas Morato

Make Your Own Cafe, Tomas Morato

Make Your Own Cafe, Tomas Morato

Make Your Own Cafe, Tomas Morato

MYO was the first milk tea store in the country to offer unli sinkers: for only an additional Php20, you can add as many original boba, nata de coco, oreo, brown sugar jelly, grass jelly, coffee jelly, honey boba, espresso boba, egg pudding and assorted jelly as you want to your drink.

Really, with the way you can customize your drink with you unli sinker choices, each cup is an adventure!

This stall offers all the drinks that the other branches do, and armed with some GCs I received, I lost no time in going on my milk tea adventure.

Make Your Own Cafe, Tomas Morato

Oreo Overload (Php140 for regular | Php150 for large). I absolutely love cheese foam on milk tea and together with oreo crumbs, it makes this drink akin to a cookies ‘n cream cheesecake in a cup.

Make Your Own, Tomas Morato

Make Your Own, Tomas Morato

Original Milk Tea (Php90 for regular| Php100 for large). This drink variant was on Buy 1 Take 1 during the weekend of the store’s opening. I took advantage of this promo to bring home drinks to enjoy with my daughter #ExhibitA at home.

Make Your Own, Tomas Morato

Make Your Own Cafe, Tomas Morato

Today, I got another chance to visit the stall and give in to my milk tea craving.

Okinawa Cheese (Php130 for regular | Php140 for large). This milk tea variant incorporates roasted brown sugar instead of regular syrup, giving the drink a more complex flavor which is further enhanced by the salty-sweet cheese foam.

Make Your Own Cafe, Tomas Morato

Make Your Own Cafe, Tomas Morato

Well, now I know where to go whenever I have a hankering for a milk tea adventure!

Make Your Own, Tomas Morato

This Make Your Own Cafe branch is located at The Grandia Place, 143 Mother Ignacia Ave, South Triangle, Quezon City.

Other branches are located at:

  • Ground Floor, 140 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
  • 114 Mayon Street, Banawe, Quezon City

Make Your Own Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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