When I first arrived in China, one of my dearest friends, a kind soul who was essentially a tour guide, a confidante, a lunch buddy (everything!) took me to one of her favourite tea rooms and introduced me to the 珍珠 奶 茶 (zhēn zhū nǎi chá).
I think I’ve seen this type of milk tea (called ‘pearl tea’ or something?) back home but have never wanted to try them because the kiosks selling them have these tall jars of powders and other coloured concoctions…
I remember suffering culture shock and was also quite frazzled on the day she asked me to go out. When we sat down for a nice cup of tea or milk tea, I immediately fell in love with it!
It’s nice and milky and I especially love chewing on the “pearls”, which are made of sago or flour? You can also choose to drink it hot or cold.
Nowadays, whenever I go shopping in the mall, I’d head for the milk tea shop first for a cuppa before I head for the the shops 😉
Some of my more weight-conscious friends stay away from it because the fresh milk in it makes it fattening but hey, since I’m walking like a marathoner these days, I think I can afford the calories. And I definitely need the calcium.
Remember to try out the 珍珠 奶 茶 (zhēn zhū nǎi chá) if you ever come to China!
TIPS: Choose a franchise or a highly established outlet which the locals flock to for hygienic reasons. I believe the milk tea is a Taiwanese influence so Taiwanese franchises may be found in China.