April Update - Easter Surprises

The first of April, some do say
 
Is set apart for All Fools Day;
 
But why the people call it so,
 
Not I, nor they themselves do know.
 
Hey there Bubbles! Welcome to our April update – we hope you’ve had a great Easter!
 
The worst of the UK weather is behind us; we have consumed our own body weight in chocolate
Easter eggs and have been fully immersed in what looks to be our busiest summer yet!
 
It’s been mayhem here at Bubblelicious HQ, the phone has been ringing off the hook and we have
had training sessions up and down the country and around Europe! But we aren’t complaining – we
LOVE IT! Why? Well it means there will be more and more places where bubble tea can be found! It
means so much to us that we are able to share with the world this quirky, delicious drink!
 
We told you it would be addictive – it’s the ultimate drink/snack! It’s no surprise to us at all that so
many of you want a bubble tea café/bar in your area. If you are as passionate about bubble tea as
we are and interested in becoming the number one European distributor of Bubblelicious products
get in touch!
 
Coming up this month we have some bubble tea reviews coming in from Calgary, Alberta in Canada
– our team have been flying out everywhere! In the meantime here’s a mini blog from our bubble
tea adventures in Hong Kong…
 
If you love food and aren’t afraid to try new things then Hong Kong is the place to go! Regarded by
many as a foodie’s paradise you really are spoilt for choice – deciding where and what to eat is a task
in itself!
 
From cheap eats to Michelin starred restaurants there really is something for everybody – it’s
impossible to come here and not put on a few pounds! On our stay we tried everything from
street food (not as abundant as it used to be – definitely not as much variety as in Taiwan’s night
markets but still very tasty!) to meals at 5 star hotels (the Intercontinental Hotel on Salisbury Road
in Tsimshatsui is recommended – Nobu and SPOON by Alain Ducasse are among the fabulous
restaurants inside and the view at the lounge is to die for!)
 
And of course bubble tea is never too far away! We stayed in Mongkok – regarded as one of the
busiest areas in Hong Kong with some of the best shopping areas. Ladies Market, Nathan Street and
Temple Street night market are all situated in this area.
 
The most popular bubble tea joint in Hong Kong would be Gong Cha – we had heard a lot of good
things about this place so we had high expectations. Gong Cha has many locations in Hong Kong –
the one we went to was located at Dundas Street, Mong Kok.
 
Instead of trying something we had tried before we decided to try something completely different
which we hadn’t tried before, something which we could not find in the UK. After studying the menu
 
for a while we settled on a Purple Plum Tea. The layout of this place was very similar to the bubble
tea joints in Taiwan – small but effective. We noticed that there was a queue outside every Gong
Cha we encountered, this one was no different. We waited 7 minutes for our one drink.
 
In this time window we managed to have a glimpse inside – this is a very busy area of Hong Kong
with a high footfall but only 2 individuals were working. But that’s not to say it didn’t work – it is a
very fast paced environment, no place for slow handed (or witted) people. One person would take
the order, print out on a little sticker and stick onto the cup and the other co-worker would prepare
the drink. Once prepared the drink was relayed back to the first worker, sealed and given to the
customer. Very fast, very efficient – the only reason we had to wait was because of the volume of
customers who had ordered before us.
 
The tea was just right – not too sweet, really refreshing and perfect for the warm evening. It had a
smoky aroma to it - we regret not adding a scoop of Aiyu jelly to our tea, that would have made it!
They have a really good menu however – be sure to check out a Gong Cha if you are ever around
these parts. This Singapore brand can be found in many Far Eastern countries.
 
Just next door to Gong Cha was a little stall which did bubble waffles and small eats. We ordered a
bubble waffle with peanut butter and condensed milk which complimented the tea perfectly and
also some skewers of fish balls. These kinds of snacks are easy to prepare, inexpensive and delicious
– the perfect bubble tea accompaniment.
 
Also along Dundas Street is we found a stall doing a bubble tea type drink called King of Coconuts
(椰汁大王). You have the option of adding either tapioca or red bean to your drink and OMG this is
divine! There was a lovely older gentleman who served us – he saw us struggling to slurp the rest of
the red bean from the bottom of the cup from 30 feet away and motioned for us to come back and
he gave us spoons! (Yes, we only walked 30 feet and we had almost finished it – it was THAT nice!)
 
We had ordered 2, one with each topping. The taste is something you dream about and crave for
days afterwards – cool, creamy, fragrant, by far the best coconut drink we have ever consumed. The
tapioca and red bean are excellent topping options which set it off in a way nothing else could. This
is one place we would definitely come back to visit if we are in HK – again and again and again!
 
Other than bubble tea, other sweet desserts are abundant in Hong Kong. If you have a sweet tooth
be sure to check out these places – Hui Lau Shan 許留山 (various locations) and Honeymoon Dessert
滿記甜品 (Sai Kung) are among the most popular ones of the best in Hong Kong. The photos we
have are from the dessert place on Cheung Chau Island (the name evades me but it is small island
and I think there is only one). We ordered mango pomelo sago and a fresh durian snow ice with
juice balls. The former can be found in many places, the latter – durian – is something of an acquired
taste! If you haven’t ordered durian before it is best to perhaps try someone else’s before you order
it, you have been warned!
 
If you work in the food and drink industry and need some inspiration then come to Hong Kong! You
won’t be disappointed – and bring some trousers with an elasticated waistband! You’ll need ‘em!
 
Come back soon for our bubble tea blogs from Calgary, Canada! This is Yumi wishing y’all a
Bubblelicious month!
The first of April, some do say
Is set apart for All Fools Day;
But why the people call it so,
Not I, nor they themselves do know.

 
Easter 2012
 
Hey there Bubbles! Welcome to our April update – we hope you’ve had a great Easter!
The worst of the UK weather is behind us; we have consumed our own body weight in chocolate Easter eggs and have been fully immersed in what looks to be our busiest summer yet!
It’s been mayhem here at Bubblelicious HQ, the phone has been ringing off the hook and we have had training sessions up and down the country and around Europe! But we aren’t complaining – we LOVE IT! Why? Well it means there will be more and more places where bubble tea can be found! It means so much to us that we are able to share with the world this quirky, delicious drink! 
We told you it would be addictive – it’s the ultimate drink/snack! It’s no surprise to us at all that so many of you want a bubble tea café/bar in your area. For those who haven't tried it, we supply all bubble tea products to the UK and Europe from next day delivery up to 4 working days for you to get stock.
 
Coming up this month we have some bubble tea reviews coming in from Calgary, Alberta in Canada– our team have been flying out everywhere! In the meantime here’s a mini blog from our bubble tea adventures in Hong Kong…
  
Hong Kong
Hello Hong Kong
 
If you love food and aren’t afraid to try new things then Hong Kong is the place to go! Regarded by many as a foodie’s paradise you really are spoilt for choice – deciding where and what to eat is a task in itself!
From cheap eats to Michelin starred restaurants there really is something for everybody – it’s impossible to come here and not put on a few pounds! On our stay we tried everything from street food (not as abundant as it used to be – definitely not as much variety as in Taiwan’s night markets but still very tasty!) to meals at 5 star hotels (the Intercontinental Hotel on Salisbury Road in Tsimshatsui is recommended – Nobu and SPOON by Alain Ducasse are among the fabulous restaurants inside and the view at the lounge is to die for!)
And of course bubble tea is never too far away! We stayed in Mongkok – regarded as one of the busiest areas in Hong Kong with some of the best shopping areas. Ladies Market, Nathan Street and Temple Street night market are all situated in this area.
  
Mongkok
Busy streets of Mongkok
 
The most popular bubble tea joint in Hong Kong would be Gong Cha – we had heard a lot of good things about this place so we had high expectations. Gong Cha has many locations in Hong Kong –the one we went to was located at Dundas Street, Mong Kok.
  
Gong Cha
Gong Cha Store
 
Instead of trying something we had tried before we decided to try something completely different which we hadn’t tried before, something which we could not find in the UK. After studying the menu for a while we settled on a Purple Plum Tea. The layout of this place was very similar to the bubble tea joints in Taiwan – small but effective. We noticed that there was a queue outside every GongCha we encountered, this one was no different. We waited 7 minutes for our one drink.
  
Purple Plum Tea
Purple Plum Tea
 
In this time window we managed to have a glimpse inside – this is a very busy area of Hong Kong with a high footfall but only 2 individuals were working. But that’s not to say it didn’t work – it is a very fast paced environment, no place for slow handed (or witted) people. One person would take the order, print out on a little sticker and stick onto the cup and the other co-worker would prepare the drink. Once prepared the drink was relayed back to the first worker, sealed and given to the customer. Very fast, very efficient – the only reason we had to wait was because of the volume of customers who had ordered before us.
The tea was just right – not too sweet, really refreshing and perfect for the warm evening. It had a smoky aroma to it - we regret not adding a scoop of Aiyu jelly to our tea, that would have made it! They have a really good menu however – be sure to check out a Gong Cha if you are ever around these parts. This Singapore brand can be found in many Far Eastern countries.
  
Food
Bubble Waffles & Fish Ball Sticks
 
Just next door to Gong Cha was a little stall which did bubble waffles and small eats. We ordered a bubble waffle with peanut butter and condensed milk which complimented the tea perfectly and also some skewers of fish balls. These kinds of snacks are easy to prepare, inexpensive and delicious– the perfect bubble tea accompaniment.
  
King of Coconuts
King of Coconuts
 
Also along Dundas Street is we found a stall doing a bubble tea type drink called King of Coconuts(椰汁大王). You have the option of adding either tapioca or red bean to your drink and OMG this is divine! There was a lovely older gentleman who served us – he saw us struggling to slurp the rest ofthe red bean from the bottom of the cup from 30 feet away and motioned for us to come back and he gave us spoons! (Yes, we only walked 30 feet and we had almost finished it – it was THAT nice!)
  
King of Coconut Drinks
The most delicious drink EVER
 
We had ordered 2, one with each topping. The taste is something you dream about and crave for days afterwards – cool, creamy, fragrant, by far the best coconut drink we have ever consumed. The tapioca and red bean are excellent topping options which set it off in a way nothing else could. This is one place we would definitely come back to visit if we are in HK – again and again and again!
 
Other than bubble tea, other sweet desserts are abundant in Hong Kong. If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to check out these places – Hui Lau Shan 許留山 (various locations) and Honeymoon Dessert滿記甜品 (Sai Kung) are among the most popular ones of the best in Hong Kong. The photos we have are from the dessert place on Cheung Chau Island (the name evades me but it is small island and I think there is only one).
  
Hui Lau Shan Drinks Display
Hui Lau Shan
 
We ordered mango pomelo sago and a fresh durian snow ice with juice balls (popping boba). The former can be found in many places, the latter – durian – is something of an acquired taste! If you haven’t ordered durian before it is best to perhaps try someone else’s before you order it, you have been warned!
 
Mango Pomelo Sago
Mango Pomelo Sago
IMG_2762
Durian Snow Ice with Juice Balls (Popping boba)
 
If you work in the food and drink industry and need some inspiration then come to Hong Kong! You won’t be disappointed – and bring some trousers with an elasticated waistband! You’ll need ‘em!
Come back soon for our bubble tea blogs from Calgary, Canada! This is Yumi wishing y’all a Bubblelicious month!
 
 
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