After hearing about it for so long, finally, I get to have one right in my territory.
Gong Cha was first launched in Taiwan in 2006, and now boasts more than a hundred outlets worldwide. They use Taiwanese fresh tea for every beverage and albeit the liquid tea isn't bad yet, they throw it every 4 hours(!) just to ensure the quality of the drinks they serve.
Their branch in Alabang is big enough for a tea place. Situated in the new wing, its interior exudes a simple yet cozy vibe with maroon walls interrupted by smoky swirls of white. Marble top tables and black hard plastic chairs were spaced comfortably and the lights dimmed accordingly.
Since I'm a Gong Cha virgin, I opted for their most popular drink, one of the house specials -- Gong Cha Milk Winter Melon Tea (P80) and added my favorite sinker, coconut jelly (P20). It did not disappoint. This time, I was really happy with what I ordered. I usually get disgruntled when the product does not match the hype, so this was indeed a touchdown, a home run, a 3-pointer -- definitely a winner.
Since it was messy to remove the dome lid just to take a sip, I went right ahead and plunged my straw into the hole. I figured since I drank my Happy Lemon green tea with rock salt and cheese via straw, it was only fair to drink this the same way too. A rush of smooth, foamy milk cream greeted my mouth and what transpired within the next few seconds was a hobnobbing of my tongue with a creamy yet clean texture. I could see a sprinkle of matcha powder on top though it was imperceptible and seemed more of a suggestion rather than an additional flavor profile. As I dug my straw deeper into the drink, my mouth was awash with mellifluous overlapping tastes of young winter melon and sugar, punctuated by the sporadic coconut jelly. I could feel my eyes closing as I revel in the addicting taste. A loud, windy sound signaling the emptiness of my cup broke my reverie. I finally open the lid, tilt it towards my lips and pat the bottom while the remaining jelly slides gingerly towards my open mouth. The last dulcet drops make me yearn for my subsequent Gong Cha visit, and next time I'll get the largest glass. No sharing please!
Will someone please tell me the Gong Cha flavor similar to Serenitea's Hokkaido milk tea. I wanna try that one too and see how it would fare compared to Serenitea's version. Thank you!
Spot: Ground Floor The Garden (New Wing) Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City
Contact No.: 0923.4509523