L&G Review - Vancouver, Canada

There's a place near my house that I frequent for great ice cream bubbletea, but when I stopped by they were busy like an ice cream truck on a hot summers day. Vancouverites are a funny bunch, at the first sign of sun we all clamour for cold drinks, even if the sun offers no warmth during May. Since I was rushed for time and was going to be late for ultimate practice, I walked back to a store I passed earlier. I've never tried them, but on this one block itself there are three bubbletea places! Three!

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The interior felt VERY homey, the chairs had cushions and the walls plastered with wallpaper. Some Cantonese show was on when I walked in, and the smell of fried rice was in the air. Uhhh did I just walk into someplace completely different?! Nope, turns out that they offer some basic snack food along with bubbletea.

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Knowing I wanted an ice cream flavour, I was surprised there was a cheesecake ice cream flavour available. I'm not sure if I've even seen cheesecake ice cream sold in grocery stores, so of course I was very curious. I asked if it was a combination of cheesecake & ice cream or if it was straight up ice cream that had cheesecake flavour (I'm sure there's a difference!), but all I got was "Yes it's very good". Uhhh I guess she didn't really understand me, but that's okay, at $4 for an ice cream bbt that's a steal. I ordered a mango to go.

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About 4-5 minutes later, my drink was ready. Since I was having it to go, it came in a plastic cup and sealed. Actually, I'm not sure if having it in store would mean they would served it differently, but this is pretty much the norm for a lot of bubbletea places in Vancouver.

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How was the taste? Not as intensely mango as a straight mango ice cream bbt would be, the cheesecake flavour was definitely evident but slightly muted. Just like the menu says, it did taste like a frozen slushy cheesecake with mango flavour. The pearls were cooked properly with the right amount of "qq" or chewiness and there was no uncooked starchy core! At only $4 (no tax!) and including pearls, this was a great deal, and a good alternative if my other goto place is ever busy again.

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Kevin Wu of 604 Foodtography


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