Saturday, December 04, 2021

Matches made in milk tea heaven: food pairings for your favorite boba

Wouldn’t it be really convenient to get your favorite milk tea and a light bite from the same place? It’s perfect for those times when you’re craving some bubble tea but also feeling a little peckish.

Luckily, many milk tea shops have expanded their menu by including snack items and even meals to complement their line-up of specialty beverages.

Here’s where you can get your milk tea with food to pair:

Island Tea Co. (@islandteaco_official)

Address: Several locations in Metro Cebu

With over 50 locations across the Philippines and abroad, Island Tea Co. is known for its pure Ceylon teas, made with all natural ingredients and no artificial flavors and coloring. A combo of the Perfect Ceylon Milk Tea and a classic ham & cheese sandwich will certainly hit the spot.

Jolly Bubble (@jollybubbletea)

Address: SSY Business Center, Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City

If you love fried chicken, don’t miss out on the G-Pai, Jolly Bubble’s version of the XL fried chicken, a popular street food in Taiwan. Enjoy this with the bestselling Lava Bubble Milk Tea and it would be like being in the busy streets of Ximending in Taipei.

Chai Wan Milk Tea Bar (@chaiwanmilkteabar)

Address: 128 J. Borromeo Building, F. Ramos St., Cebu City

Chai Wan has quite the extensive selection of drinks, from milk teas to fruit teas, but a highlight on the menu is its signature Hong Kong Milk Tea, which is made with a special blend of black teas and a special creamer. The Sausage Pao Sandwich makes for a great snack to go with it.

Chingkeetea (@chingkeetea)

Address: St. Patrick Square, R. Aboitiz St., Cebu City

You can’t go wrong with the Classic Milk Tea, but the Ichigo Matcha, one of the house specials, is a must-try. Pair it with the Chicken Karaage, golden fried chicken thighs on top of steamed white rice; or Chingkeetea’s take on the beloved instant Korean ramen which is topped with a slice of cheese.

Bubble Bee Tea House (@bubblebeeteahouse)

Address: 88th Avenue, Gov. M. Cuenco Ave., Banilad, Cebu City; Maxwell Hotel, N. Escario St., Cebu City

The Creme Brulee Milk Tea is a dessert and drink in one, and it’s just as good as it sounds. Indulge yourself with the Baked Pork Chop, a thick-cut slab of pork over hot rice, smothered with melted cheese and a choice of either cream or tomato sauce.


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