Got my Tiger Sugar hassle-free, thanks to LalaFood

Tiger Sugar has been in the country since last year but I haven’t been able to have a taste of this much lauded milk tea brand. The long lines when its first stores opened as well as my busy schedule precluded me from going out to get myself a cup or two.

Until now, that is.

I recently downloaded the LalaFood app which opened up a world of possibilities when it comes to food choices. Whether I’m at home, at work or out with friends, I can satisfy my cravings just by having my food delivered to me.

I’m on a mission to taste milk teas with cheese foam topping (yeah, milk tea plus cheese, can anything be yummier?). One particularly hectic day at the office, I decided to order a Brown Sugar Boba + Pearl with Cream Mousse (Php120) through the LalaFood app which I recently downloaded on my phone.

Tiger Sugar is famous for its brown sugar boba milk drink which is easily identifiable thanks to the “tiger stripes” along the sides of the cup. These come from the brown sugar in which the boba are cooked, giving the pearls a more intense caramelized flavor.

My drink, for instance, was made by lining the cup with brown sugar syrup, dropping the bobas at the bottom of the cup, adding fresh milk and topping the drink with the non-salty cream mousse.

Tiger Sugar usually advises buyers of this to shake the cup 15 times to make sure that the brown sugar is well distributed in the drink and to cool the still warm boba so they achieve that signature chewy texture.

I think the trip from the Tiger Sugar branch in Trinoma to my office in Tomas Morato may have already shaken my drink up as the brown sugar stripes were already faint by the time my drink arrived no more than 40 minutes after I placed my order.

Tiger Sugar, Trinoma

The milk drink was creamy and refreshing, made even richer by the cream mousse, with the chewy bobas adding some bite and texture to each sip.

Tiger Sugar, Trinoma

If I’m not careful, I just might find myself just keying in my orders for my foodie adventures soon! (I can really get used to the convenience that LalaFood brings!)

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This Tiger Sugar branch is located at Food Choices, Second Floor, Trinoma Mall, Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City, open daily from 10am to 9pm.

Other branches are located at:

  • Quezon City: Eastwood Mall, Robinsons Galleria, SM North EDSA
  • Mandaluyong: SM Megamall
  • Taguig: Bonifacio High Street
  • Makati: Glorietta 4
  • Pasay: SM Mall of Asia
  • Las Pinas: SM Southmall

Tiger Sugar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Neighborhood milk tea at Pig Tea, Sta Lucia

The milk tea craze in the metro is still going strong with new entrants continuing to appear and compete with more established brands.

While the opening of new Taiwan-based brands in high-traffic malls to establish their presence in the country are sure to make news, homegrown brands are also quietly popping up in their respective pocket areas to serve their local markets.

One such brand is Pig Tea, a new milk tea and juice bar that set up shop along the main road of Countryside Village in Pasig, just a few blocks away from my house.

Pig Tea, Santa Lucia

To get your drinks at Pig Tea, all you have to do are:

  • Choose your tea. Your choices include the classics, premium drinks and fruit teas.
  • Choose your desired level of sweetness, from 100%, 75%, 50% and 25%.
  • Choose your sinkers. Your choices include pearls, nata de coco, brown sugar jelly, egg pudding and popping boba.
  • After all that, you now have a cup of Piggilicious Pig Tea.

Last week, I gave in to my milk tea craving and dropped by this small and unassuming tea shop to get some 12oz cups for me and my household.

Brown Sugar Milk Tea with Triple Sinkers (brown sugar jelly, egg pudding and pearls) (Php59) for me.

Pig Tea, Santa Lucia

Strawberry Grapefruit with Popping Boba (Php59) for my daughter #ExhibitA.

Pig Tea, Santa Lucia

Chocolate Milk Tea with Pearls (Php49) for my little boy #ExhibitB.

Pig Tea, Santa Lucia

Classic Milk Tea with Pearls (Php49) for our precious yaya.

Pig Tea, Santa Lucia

A few day’s later, at my daughter’s request, we dropped by on our way home to get another set of 16oz drinks.

Classic Milk Tea with Pearls (Php59) topped with Rock Salt and Cheese (Php16) for me.

Pig Tea, Santa Lucia

Hokkaido Milk Tea with Pearls (Php59) for #ExhibitA.

Pig Tea, Santa Lucia

Cookies and Creamy Puff (Php75), one of Pig Tea’s Milk Tea Cake Collection, for #ExhibitB.

Pig Tea, Santa Lucia

Taro Milk Tea (Php69) for yaya.

Pig Tea, Santa Lucia

Pig Tea’s drinks proved to have the premium taste and mouthfeel of the more well-known and imported brands, owing to being made fresh every day from tea leaves. Despite this, they are quite affordable, with drinks costing no more than Php100 each.

Now, my family and I won’t have to venture far to satisfy our milk tea cravings!

Pig Tea, Santa Lucia

Pig Tea, Santa Lucia

Pig Tea is located at 25 Countryside Avenue, Countryside Subdivision, Santa Lucia, Pasig City, open daily from 10am to 6pm. For inquiries or to call in your orders, contact +63 996 7216993.

Pig Tea Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Fun and fresh flavors at Juice Cubi, SM MOA

Just when you thought that all possibilities for tea drinks have been thoroughly exhausted, here comes a tea brand from Macao with something new up its sleeve.

Juice Cubi began its Philippine invasion at its first branch at SM Ecoland in Davao, and just this week, established its presence in Metro Manila by opening its store at the SM MOA Complex.

Juice Cubi, SM MOA

Juice Cubi, SM MOA

Juice Cubi, SM MOA

Juice Cubi, SM MOA

Juice Cubi definitely has a fun and fresh take on tea drinking. From its pastel-themed and highly Instagrammable store accented with its alien mascot Cubi, to the cute and reusable tumblers and cups its drinks and served in, to the drinks themselves, which usually have visual or taste elements that tickle the senses.

Juice Cubi, SM MOA

Juice Cubi, SM MOA

Juice Cubi, SM MOA

Juice Cubi, SM MOA

Juice Cubi, SM MOA

Juice Cubi, SM MOA

Juice Cubi, SM MOA

During its Media Day, Juice Cubi treated attendees to its pretty and refreshing drinks; there’s really something for everyone. No matter the mood or the craving, Juice Cubi allows you to express yourself in every cup!

Just take a look at some of the drinks I was able to sample during the event:

Starry Night (Php160). Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s masterpiece, this drink that turns from blue to purple has starry edible glitters.

Lady in Red (Php160). A tribute to femmes fatale everywhere, this drink has the strong heady taste that excites and thrills.

Juice Cubi, SM MOA

Ocean Breeze (Php150). A drink for those who yearn for the sea, its white layer approximates wind-blown clouds racing across the blue waves.

Juice Cubi, SM MOA

Dark Knight (Php160). Feel like a caped crusader? This boldly flavored drink is the one for you!

Juice Cubi, SM MOA

Juice Cubi, SM MOA

Caramel Cheese Milk Tea (Php120). Juice Cubi’s signature milk tea topped with a foamy layer of caramel cheese.

Juice Cubi, SM MOA

Cubi Special Milk Tea (Php140). What makes this drink so special? Is it the subtle sweetness that’s pleasantly light on the tongue? Is it the slight tartness from the layers of yogurt? Or is it the fact that despite its name, this drink does not actually contain milk? You decide.

Juice Cubi, SM MOA

Juice Cubi is definitely a welcome addition to the tea and beverage shops in the metro. More than ever, exciting choices for refreshing drinks abound and I just couldn’t be happier!

Juice Cubi, SM MOA

Juice Cubi, SM MOA

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to stay long enough to sample the other flavors. But hey, that’s what the next visits are for. 🙂

Many thanks to the management and crew of Juice Cubi for having us and for the wonderful drinks!

Juice Cubi is located at Ground Floor, NU Tower, Coral Way Avenue corner Seaside Boulevard, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

Juice Cubi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with other food bloggers, I attended a foodie meet-up held in this restaurant.  All the food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

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Roasted brown sugar + cheese cream at Chachago, Tomas Morato

And the invasion of the Taiwanese milk tea brands continue with another one setting up shops in the country: Chachago.

I first heard of this brand when my boss insisted on dropping by its nearby shop along Tomas Morato after out lunch out.

Chachago, Tomas Morato

This branch is basically suited for take outs and not really hanging out. It occupies a small space in Pares Retiro with a small and cramped sitting area where you can wait for your drink.

Chachago offers a brown sugar series of drinks which is quite on-trend right now. These usually have milk as its base with its pearl sinkers and sides of the cup doused in rich brown sugar syrup (hence those “tiger” stripes). To enjoy this drink with a good balance of flavors, you have to shake the cup to distribute the brown sugar syrup into the milk.

Now, aside from the brown sugar syrup, my interest actually lies in the cheese cream that accompanies some of its drinks. It is a l layer of salty-sweet cream cheese whipped to a light and foamy consistency. I’ve always been a fan of cream cheese so when cheese cream started appearing on beverages, I just knew I had to have it.

I’ve tried two of Chachago’s brown sugar drinks with cheese foam:

Roasted Brown Sugar Cacao with Salted Cheese Cream (Php140).

Chachago, Tomas Morato

Roasted Brown Sugar Tea with Salted Cheese Cream (Php120)

Chachago, Tomas Morato

I think the cheese cream works a lot better in the tea-based drink rather in the chocolate-based drink. In the cacao beverage, both the flavor of dark chocolate and that of the cheese cream are too strong to complement each other.

At some point, when I’ve weaned myself away from my cheese cream addiction, I might try more of Chachago’s offerings.

This Chachago branch is located at Pares Retiro, 205 Tomas Morato Ave, Diliman, Quezon City. For inquiries and bulk orders, call +63 2 7172050.

Other branches are located at:

  • Scout Tobias, Quezon City
  • N. Domingo Street, Quezon City
  • Banawe, Quezon City
  • Katipunan, Quezon City
  • Kapitolyo, Pasig
  • Barangka, Mandaluyong
  • Fisher Mall, Malabon
  • BF Homes, Paranaque
  • Xavier Street, San Juan

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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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