I have an obsession, and it is Gong Cha.
I don’t think I’ve ever been so addicted to – what is basically – a milk / bubble tea place.
For those who have resisted the allure of Gong Cha so far (or have no idea what I’m talking about) it’s a Taiwanese style drink franchise. They have branches all over the world and Melbourne’s first store opened late last year in a tiny little shop front on Swanston Street. The shop front is itty bitty but it’s very easy to spot – just look for the large queue of people waiting to order and receive drinks.
I know, I know, bubble tea places are a bit same/same, but Gong Cha is different. You can get milk tea and pearls almost anywhere in Melbourne, but (as far as I’m aware) only at Gong Cha can you get milk foam as a topping.
Seriously guys, the milk foam is just… uuuuugggghh. It’s thick and creamy and a bit salty (Maz 2.0, stop it), which sounds weird but it really, really works.
You can also set your desired sugar and ice level, which is just pure genius.
The drink I always order is Oolong tea with milk foam (I personally like little sugar and little ice, but I’d suggest starting with a higher level to see what your tastes are like). It’s so refreshing, still tastes like tea and the milk foam is amazing.
The menu is mammoth, so if you do happen to like pearls or milk in your tea, there’s a zillion other combinations to try.
Hopefully another location opens outside the CBD so I can get my tea fix more regularly. Or I can figure out how to replicate the milk foam and stop spending so much money on tea…
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Shop 231 Swanston Street