October 31, 2012

Gong Cha Central Park Jakarta Review

I tried too many bubble tea, seriously. But I love it!! One of these bubble tea seller should really sponsor me lol.

So earlier this month (or was it middle :|), Gong Cha opened its very first and the only store in Indonesia! I've heard so much about Gong Cha, reading Singaporean blog, and read many good reviews of it. So after 2 days on its soft opening, I went to Central Park with my brother and tried it. Central Park announces it on its Twitter, saying it's opened on first floor. I thought it's ground floor :| But it's 1st floor.. well.. located in front of Duck King. You have to ride escalator twice and for me it's actually 2nd floor lol.

-Black Milk Tea with Pearls & House Special Winter Melon Tea with Pearls-

I should say I'm really regretful that I only took this only one picture, though in total I've purchased 6 cups! Six!!

Black Milk Tea was my brother's and I fairly said it tastes just like any other black milk tea, only it's less sweet than others, even though the sugar level was normal.

Winter Melon Tea, on the other hand, was special. Unique, to be precise. Since no other tea place offered winter melon tea. Winter melon was one of my favorite drink during Lunar New Year. (the canned one, brand Seasons. I assume if you're Chinese, you also see a lot of these during Lunar New Year. But you can freely purchase this in any mini market, though.) As a child, my brother couldn't bring himself to drink winter melon (personal taste I guess. Even though mom continuously says it's good for health?) But I offered him to try this, and he was okay with it. Probably was helped by the tea lol.

House Special means they added milk foam on top of it. There are 3 ways to drink it. I happened to already know because of reading Singaporean blogs. And when my order was given, the employee asked me whether I already know how to drink it or not. And I said, I know. He seems surprised haha..
3 ways to drink it:
1. Sip the milk foam only.
2. Sip the tea only.
3. Stir them together and drink it!

CMIIW though. Hahaha.. House Special is available for 3 kind of tea; Green Tea, Earl Grey Tea, and Winter Melon Tea. Both Green Tea and Earl Grey Tea costs IDR 20k (topping not included. Each topping is IDR 3k). And Winter Melon Tea is IDR 23k? (Forgot kekekeke..).

It certainly leaves impression to me, and I came back on October 27th, during its grand opening. It was holding a promo all drinks IDR 15k only! (turns out it's not valid for House Special :p)

I ordered Earl Grey Tea House Special. Brother sticks with his Black Milk Tea (well you know. Guys seem unwillingly to try new stuff), while mom ordered Lemon Winter Melon (fusion drink), since she can't drink milk. It was 9PM and all pearls are sold out!!! So I picked Ai Yu for my topping. They said it's an Agar-agar, white version of grass jelly apparently. It was very soft and fresh! Mom and brother picked the original grass jelly.

They mixed up my order, though. They must also be wondering, of all people, why they must mix up order from a blogger :| They put milk foam on top of my mom Lemon Winter Melon, and my Earl Grey was plain -.- But they willingly re-make those two for me!! Even apologizing like 3 times! I usually was not that persistent, but keep in mind that my mom can't drink milk, even it's in foam form, so I had to change it and request to get the order right.

The winner for that night is Earl Grey Tea House Special! Brother keeps asking me for my drink but I won't let him hahaha.. 4 more stamps to free drinks! This weekend certainly coming back again for the House Special ♥

October 10, 2012

Dessert at Imperial Chef Hayam Wuruk Jakarta Review

Well, not purely a review :D I think I just want to put the picture of my most favorite Chinese dessert of all time (other than Durian Pancake :p). It's Mango Pudding from Imperial Chef!

Note: Imperial Chef is Duck King branch that serves porkie~ ♥

Anyway, if you wonder why I don't post the whole dining experience, it's because I always fail in capturing moment while eating here. Food is always gone in a flash. Dessert is captured because it's leisurely time lol.

I think this mango pudding needs no explanation. It's simply the best mango pudding in Jakarta. The scooped fruit usually consists of honeydew and watermelon. This time when I took the pic, I got all watermelon. But I prefer this way. I don't like honeydew :|

Then 2 days after this visit, my family and I visited here again lol. Never get enough of the pork and dimsum! I tried to step out of my comfort zone (in choosing dessert) and didn't eat mango pudding, though I would really like to eat it everyday!! I ended up choosing Fried Ice Cream O.O

Then I regret it lol. From the form, it's actually different from what I pictured. I had one in Singapore and it looks nothing like this :| Another thing, it took long time to come out. I understand since frying an ice cream should be needing a skill, no? But then it just tastes like a vanilla ice cream (you can't choose the flavor. Only vanilla boohoo~) with a fried flour. They don't go well with each other, but if you eat them separately they actually taste nice!! Sorry I cheated on you, dear mango pudding. I won't choose another dessert from now on :s

October 09, 2012

BOBA Inc Benton Junction Review

The amount of pink is my life is definitely a lot, but I never get enough of it lol.

Thanks to whoever invented the pink bubble now you can slurping your yummy tea without having to see plain black bubble. Just imagine if it gets stuck in your teeth in black color, isn't it ugly?? (pink biased much).

There are two tea places I know that provide pink bubble. However, the other one is always running out of pink bubble and I came 5 times there to try the pink bubble and I never get it. I give up and never go there anymore.

Today the weather is very moody. Suddenly at 12 noon it gets really hot. I crossed the street and I bought this yummy fresh tea! I read it somewhere that one of BOBA recommended tea is the Apple Fresh Tea so I picked it! Previously I tried the one at fX, which is the milk tea one (black tea and hazelnut chocolate), but I don't really find anything special about them. Anyway today is a hot day. If you drink milk tea, you'd probably get bloated instead of refreshed.

The amount of pink makes me happy! Hahaha.. I even pick pink straw lol. They provided colorful straws also makes me happy!
There are 2 options for the pink Boba (as they called the bubbles/pearls). One is the normal chewy one, the other one is the popping one. I guess the popping one is the one exploded (??) in your mouth. I will not like the sensation so I go with the normal chewy one :D

The tea is apple flavor and it blends perfectly with the tea. I don't think it's a flavoring or essence but tastes more like a canned apple juice though.

It's gone in a while :) I felt funny when drinking it. It's really taste but it reminds me of my childhood in Singapore. The bubble tea fever was once very popular in Singapore like 10 years ago? And slurping this tea suddenly reminds me of everything in there back then.

I recommend this one! Definitely. I also spot one of the other flavor for fresh tea is Champagne Grape. I will try it, hopefully it won't taste weird :p

Keep calm and drink tea, people! Have a good day ♥