Friday, February 06, 2009
tea/coffee: i recommend ORANGE TEA MANIA
ORANGE TEA MANIA
or "JIU ZHI GONG FANG"
No. 94, Ming Shen E. Road, Sec 4
Kid friendliness: lots of fun drinks but be careful of the jellies and choking hazards
Visit reviewed: 12/18/2008
Shortly after I spotted the bright Orange Tea Mania sign near my grandma's house, I started seeing them everywhere. Is it a new chain that is expanding quickly around the city, or have I just been missing it until now? Offering a long list of teas and fruity drinks at ultra affordable prices (all around NT$35), Orange Mania takes its own spin it by offering a glut of jellies and even fresh passion fruit seeds. The Chinese name- "gong fang"- roughly translated could mean "factory," but google translated it as "mania" so that's what I'm going with- although both could work. Does anyone know for sure otherwise?
They make it easy for you by listing their top 10 drinks (well, in Chinese) as well as a huge picture of drink #1- the QQ fresh passion fruit tea, which has boba, coconut jelly and fresh edible passion fruit seeds in a passion fruit tea. It's a bit sweet and chewy and a great treat on a hot day if you're like me and love that you can get this sort of thing for US$1. The passionfruit seeds are sweet and tart and a bit crunchy and slimy (though you can't tell as much inside the drink), so that part may be a love it or hate it sort of thing. If you're more traditional, then you can stick to the "boba nai cha" or boba milk tea or other teas.
OTHER LOCATIONS (roughly translated from website)
No. 156, San Ming Road
No. 806, Bade Rd, Sec 4
at Sungshan Railway Station
No. 171, Mingquan E Road
No. 169, Yanji St (Ren Ai Road, Sec 4)
No. 53-3, Da-an Road, Sec 1 (Chunghsiao East Road 4)
No. 152, Fuxing South Road, Sec 2
No. 3, Linjiang St. (Tonghua Night Market)
No. 387, Jhuangjing (near the World Trade Organization)
No. 55, Songlong Road