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On Wikipedia, it is written that milk tea may refer to:
Tea mixed with milk
Bubble tea, also known as “pearl milk tea” or “boba milk tea”
Hong Kong-style milk tea, black tea sweetened with evaporated milk
Doodh Pati Chai, literally milk tea, also known as pakki chai.
Teh tarik, a kind of milk tea popular in Malaysia and Singapore
Suutei tsai, a Mongolian drink
These days, milk tea have been a food trend in Jakarta. You can find store which sells milk tea almost everywhere. Milk tea that is famous in Jakarta is Taiwanese tea-based drink, invented in tea shops in Taiwan, during the 1980s. Why is it also known as pearl/boba milk tea? Because most of Taiwanese milk teas come with small chewy tapioca balls which commonly called “pearls” (珍珠, zhēnzhū) or “boba” (波霸, bōbà). Some stores also sell the HK-style milk tea, but it’s rare.
Here is a list of milk tea stores I’ve tried:
Calais (Jambi, Pekanbaru, Bekasi, Semarang, Jakarta, Tangerang, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Solo, Surabaya)
Calais is a Taiwan big brand to milk tea. It doesn’t only sell milk tea, but also coffee. Calais has a great taste and variaties, good in price and place, and comes with its unique pink pearls.
Recommended: Jasmine Milk Tea, Matcha Milk Tea.
Located only in Plaza Indonesia, this milk tea is a bit low priced. This is also an original Taiwanese tea, which sells one unique topping: cream latte, and its unique menu: Japanese green tea latte with seaweed.
Recommended: Japanese Moccha Milk Green Tea, Roasted Milk Tea.
Chatime (World Wide)
Chatime opened its first outlet in the year 2005 in Taiwan. It sells so many varieties of milk tea itself. But not only that, it also sells fresh tea, juices, smoothies, and coffee. The unique of chatime is that it has the mousse series (cream mousse as its topping).
Recommended: Chatime Milk Tea, Superior Cocoa, Chocolate Mousse
Gong Cha (Jakarta)
Gong Cha has 3 outlets so far. It has a tasty milk foam, which is a very good combination to its fresh tea. It also sells fresh tea, health tea and milk tea. Gong Cha keeps on renewing the varieties, and now it has a lot selection of it.
Recommended: Caramel Milk Tea, Milk Foam Green Tea
MyCha is native to Indonesia which has the main menu include: Bubble Tea Drink. It is freshly manufactured everyday with fresh ingredients, creating fun fresh and healthy concept. MyCha’s favourite topping is coffee jelly. It only has one outlet in eX - Plaza Indonesia Entertainment X’nter.
Recommended: Matcha Milk Tea, Roasted Milk Tea
Roppan (Jakarta, Makassar, Denpasar, Bandung, Tangerang)
Roppan is a place to hang out with fun and relaxing ambience. It is a great place to stop by and have a break, or a lunch, or even dinner. You can have Japanese foods for the main course, have their rocha as your drink and their roppan for the dessert. For the milk tea itself (known as rocha), Rocha offers the combination of various base tea. It is famous for its tasty milk cream as the topping, and for its genmaicha house milk tea, which is rich in vitamin B and anti-oxidants.
Recommended: Genmaicha house milk tea
Comebuy (World Wide)
Comebuy is a Taiwanese Tea Shop, which has many options. It doesn’t only sell Milk tea, but there are also coffee, cocoa, smoothie, fresh juice, and the black tea itself. Comebuy is very affordable, since it is one of the famous milk teas in Jakarta.
Recommended: Oreo Chocolate Smoothie, Green Milk Tea
Fat Straw (Jakarta)
This is one of the newest. One outlet in Kelapa Gading which is so comfy to stay and take a break. Their main is the original honey boba. With unique packaging, Fat Straw also sells snacks like churros and tosts to enjoy.
Shiny Tea (World Wide)
Their mission is to bring Taiwan’s original taste with Taiwan’s original tea. Shiny Tea successfully gives different selection than other milk tea seller. Shiny Tea has the healthy fruit vinegar, Osmanthus flower smoked tea, and also the tea macchiato which is really worth to try.
Recommended: Royal Green Tea Macchiato, Jasmine Green Milk Tea
Tea Master (Jakarta)
This Taiwan brand bubble tea has brought the art of tea to the town. They also has desserts which is very delightful. So many variety that you can choose and they’re becoming so addictive They are also available for catering.
Recommended: Choco Cream & Cheese, Japanese Roasted Milk Tea, Sakura Milk Tea, Hazelnut/Caramel Chocolate Milk Tea, Cookie Crumble Milk Tea
Capitea serves authentic taiwanese bubble tea and also eatery. They have tasty comfort foods and wonderful drinks to combine with. The places are good for relaxing and chill. Capitea made some creative topping selections such as Azuki red bean, Rose Ai-Yu jelly, and string jelly. They also have meals and munchies which are undeniable.
Recommended: Matcha Cream Latte, Chocolate Hazelnut Milk Tea, Roasted Milk Tea, Nut-tella Smoothie
Ochado (World Wide)
This is the first bubble tea originated from Japan. With wooden interior, ochado has some hook that somehow makes you attached, then addicted (lol) But, seriously, they have super good taste of tea, any kind of tea. You can try their Ice Blend, Milk Tea, or even the Original Iced Tea, they all taste wonderful. You should experience them yourself, fellas!
Recommended: Mocha, Hazelnut Milk Tea, Okinawa Matcha Milk Tea, OchaDo’s Lemonade.
The LAB (Jakarta)
Definitely unique concept brings this milk tea brand so famous. Sadly they only have one outlet in Pantai Indah Kapuk. The packaging is so unique, just like in the laboratory. They named their tea scienTeas. A lot of selections and even more inventions, they also have snacks. The popular one is the potato twist. Go give it a try!
Recommended: Bubble Gum Tea, Macadamia Milk Tea, Matcha Milk Tea, Marshmallow Fresh Milk.
Well, that’s all I can share about milk tea here in Jakarta. And my suggestion, have a milk tea to cheer you up, to boost your day, it’s an effective way, seriously.
Have a fantasteac day, fellas✌
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LIN Artisan Ice Cream/I Scream Ice Cream (Jakarta) Different with the one in Bandung, LIN is the first liquid nitrogen ice cream in Indonesia. They only have 1 outlet which is in Kemang, South Jakarta. With cozy interior, LIN serves choices of unique taste of the ice cream, that can be served with waffle, cone, or just with the cup. They also have snacks and selections of coffee. So far, the Ultimate Chocolate with Choco Chips is the best. I just tried 2 out of 12, so I’m still looking forward to try the other flavour of ice cream.
Tonkichi Tonkatsu (Singapore, Hong Kong) Here you can have the authentic japanese tonkatsu, which is very delicious. I recommend Tonkatsu Set, served with a bowl of rice and fresh salad. There is also sesame you can grind by yourself to be eaten with the pork.
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Fish n Co (World Wide) It’s always fun to have fish as your dish. Fish n Co gives different touch on their specialties which is the ’Fish n Chips around the world’ menu. They also have the baked, grilled, and the poached one. Their salad is very wonderful, and the platters are sooo good. Every single menu tastes good, but I like The Best Fish n Chips in Town and Wild Mushroom Spaghetti the most for the main dish. Some drinks are bottomless refill, they say: Drink like a fish.
In Indonesia, there is also the ‘seafood shack’ outlet in Grand Indonesia which serves smaller portions with lower price.Try them yourself and get hooked!
— Fran Lebowitz
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