The reputation of Taiwanese milk tea has been built up for ages. Indeed, Taiwanese tea milk chains have been popular in many countries, including Vietnam. Enjoying the taste of Taiwanese milk tea in its hometown is certainly more delicious and interesting. Are you looking for best bubble tea in Taiwan? Let’s explore 6 top bubble tea brands in Taiwan (top bubble tea in Taiwan) and famous bubble tea in Taiwan: Top 6 Must-Try Bubble Tea Spots in Taiwan with Living Nomads below.
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In spite of not being the first place to produce milk tea, Taiwanese milk tea is a variant of traditional one with its own flavor, becoming Taiwanese pearl milk tea famous over the globe. So it is not difficult to understand that milk tea in this beautiful island country is one of the business lines with the highest profit. And it’s not hard to get a cup of milk tea here because milk tea shops are ubiquitous, from teahouses on big streets to stores in bustling night markets. Although every store has its own advantages, customers, among countless choices, still vote six most well-known brands of milk tea in Taiwan.
Currently, 50 Lan is one of the largest and most popular milk tea chains in Taiwan. Drink menu here does not offer great varieties, but each beverage is of high quality with delicious flavor. The most popular drink is pearl/bubble milk tea, especially small pearl/bubble milk tea, which is very crispy. Besides, you can try Grass Jelly Milk Tea, or Pudding Milk Tea with aromatic flavor and fatty taste.
Location: No.20, Wenchang Rd., Shilin Dist., Taipei, Taiwan
Price: RMB40 – 60/cup (about USD6.3 – 9.5/cup)
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 10 PM
CHUN SHUI TANG
Chun Shui Tang Tea Chain was established in Taichung City. It is also the oldest and most popular chain store in Taiwan.
In early 1983, tapioca pearls in the milk tea were invented by the creative tea artist Liu Han Chieh – the owner of the famous tea shop Chun Shui Tang. He poured a sweetened pudding with tapioca balls (with a smell of burning sugar or caramel) into the iced tea drink during a meeting. Then this creativity has created excitement and pleasure beyond imagination.
After being included on the menu, pearl/bubble milk tea became the franchise’s best-selling product. This drink became popular and was well received in beautiful Taiwan. Up to now, this milk tea brand has more than 1000 different large and small shops located on each street and crowded center.
The milk tea is available in two sizes, namely S (330ml) and M (600ml). When ordering, you can order partial or total sweetness, with ice, little or no ice. Beside pearl/bubble milk tea, food at the shop is an integral part.
Chun Shui Tang
Location: No.182, Sec. 4, Nanjing E. Rd., Songshan Dist., Taipei 105, Taiwan
Price: RMB40 – 60/cup (about USD6.3 – 9.5/cup)
Opening Hours: 11 AM – 10 PM
Phone: +886 2 2578 4399
CHEN SAN DING
Chen San Ding or Mr.Chen is a small, ordinary, simple shop, but it has the most sales and produces astounding revenue in Taiwan. Every day more than 3,000 cups of milk tea are consumed quickly. So don’t be surprised when you come here to see a long queue waiting to buy milk tea. Stand in line to wait for the turn. Thanks to its professional service, you will not have to wait long to get your own tea. Then just enjoy it, and you will understand why people are willing to spend time lining up.
The most favourite of the shop is honeydew pearl/bubble milk tea, which is chewy and moderately sweet. Milk is also very fatty, so it drowns the taste of tea a little bit. Be sure to shake well before drinking.
Chen San Ding
Location: near GongGuan MRT Station, exit 4 (opposite National Taiwan University)
Price: RMB40/cup (about USD6.3/cup)
Opening Hours: 11 AM – 09:30 PM
Phone: +886 2 2367 7781
A long-standing tea trade, which dates from the 1950s in Taiwan. This brand is best known for its pure dried tea. You can enjoy the tea at milk tea shops or also stores specializing in selling canned dried tea as gifts.
Besides, Tenren’s Tea is also a favored one thanks to its varied menu with many drinks. The must-have drink is King’s Oolong milk tea, which is different from Oolong tea in Vietnam. Besides, matcha tea also has quite strong taste, allowing you to mix with other types of tapioca balls.
Price: RMB60 – 90/cup (about USD9.5 – 14.2/cup)
Lattea founded pearl/bubble milk tea brand name in Vietnam. This is also the teahouse that created the famous green tea covered with salt cream with very special flavor. Lattea tea mainly uses pure tea, so it’s a little acrid, the cream is specifically salty, very delicious and very popular with customers.
Price: RMB30 – 70 (about USD4.8 – 4.7)/cup
Comebuy is also a milk tea brand that is extremely popular in Taiwan. In addition to QQ milk tea with such toppings as pearls and jelly, you can try delicious juices such as sweet and sour Q passion blast with passion fruit tea (with seeds) and extra toppings, including pearls, coconut jelly, etc.
Location: 110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District
Opening hours: RMB40 – 60/cup (about USD6.3 – 9.5/cup)
Phone: +886 2 2758 5800
Some notes when enjoying tea drink in Taiwan
- Large stores will often use English, while small bars speak only Chinese.
- There are many different types of tea, such as: Black tea, Green tea, Oolong tea, Guanyin Tea. Green tea and Oolong tea tend to be darker, slightly bitter, but wonderfully fragrant.
- There are two components of milk: Milk powder with fatty and strong flavor; fragrant fresh milk.
- Pearls: There are usually two types of seeds: big and small ones. Large seeds are chewy and sweet. Small seeds are smoother and crisper, and eat well. There are also jelly or pudding toppings.
- The amount of sugar – ice is dependent on your preference: no, less, half, more, regular.
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