The Best Milk Tea Ever – Gong Cha

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This is the best milk tea I’ve ever had in my life and I found it in Hong Kong.  Well it is the best until I try something better. For now it’s number 1 in my list. For a long time the best hot milk tea for me was at Cafe de Coral. Now I found an even better one.

The first time I tried it was when I went to Golden Shopping Centre in Sham Shui Po for my usual gadget and computer accessories shopping spree. The small stall was just across the street. It’s a good thing they have an English menu.

Gong Cha is a chain from Taiwan with branches in Hong Kong, Singapore and China. There are several Taiwanese tea stores popping all over Hong Kong and a lot of them don’t have an English menu. 
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My first order was milk green tea with bubbles or pearl jelly as they call it. I loved the strong brewed tea but not the sago. The sago was unsweetened and it just made me too full.
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Gong Cha milk green tea with pearl jelly $14

The second time I ordered the same thing without the bubbles. They only had one size of drink and that huge glass is 500ml or 17 ounces. It served as my lunch.
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Gong Cha milk green tea HK$12 of US$1.50

I was so enamored with their milk tea I looked for a branch nearer to where I lived. I found it in the newly renovated Star House which is right beside Star Ferry and Harbour City.
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Gong Cha was tucked away in a small corner on the 3rd floor. Despite their hidden location they were doing brisk business.
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Different kinds brewed tea were stored in stainless jugs.
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Why is it so good? When you order milk tea they do not shake or stir it.
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There are instructions on the lid on how to enjoy the milk tea. These are my own words based on the translation that Google gave me. There was also some matcha green tea powder sprinkled on top.
1. Open the lid and drink, letting the tea pass through the foamy layer.
2. Insert the straw and enjoy the flavor of the tea.
3. Use the straw to stir and enjoy the combined flavor of the tea and milk.
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I did all three steps and this is what I discovered. The top layer that floated on the tea wasn’t just milk. It was cream! No wonder it was sooooo good. The funny thing was the cream tasted a little salty. Next I drank the tea using the straw. The tea was really strong sweetened brewed green tea and not made with artificial flavoring. When both cream and tea were mixed, the saltiness of the cream balanced the sweet strong tea perfectly creating the best milk tea ever. It was creamy yet the green tea flavor was very evident. This was better than any cold coffee concoction.

I hope someone brings this franchise over to the Philippines. It will surely knock out all the milk tea/bubble tea stores in Manila. The price was also cheaper than the ones in Manila. 500 ml for Hk$12 or only P67. With bubbles or sago it costs P78. The bubble tea I had yesterday was much smaller and cost P125 and the taste was simply inferior to this.
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Gong Cha’s menu

They had so many other kinds of tea mixtures as well as juice and tea combinations. Next time I go to Hong Kong I will try the milk Alisan tea which is a famous tea in Taiwan.
Gong Cha menu

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I haven’t been to Star House in a long time and I’m glad I went because I found my favorite bargain store there. This is Japan’s Daiso store also called Saizen in Manila.
new Star City

The store was small but packed to the rafters with all sorts of good buys from houseware to personal effects and lots of things you didn’t know you needed.
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The new Star City is also now connected to Harbour City. The passage way is right beside Gong Cha on the 3rd floor.
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Gong Cha
Shop 316A,3/F,Star House, No.3 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
telephone: 3485-5543

ShopC2, 153-155 Fuk Wah Street, Sham Shui Po


For other branches in Hong Kong click here

Gong Cha in Manila

Comments

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  • Andrew Ong

    Dear Leslie,

    I am Andrew, the Philippine franchisee of Gong Cha in the Philippines. Thank you for your blog. I will inform you when we will open in about a few months. Best Regards to you. :)

  • shootfirsteatlater

    Omg! Omg! I can’t believe it. Gong Cha in Manila! Hope you can follow the same prices if not cheaper pa. I can’t wait!

  • Andrew Ong

    I am in the process of evaluating the pricing and i’ll let you know once I have made a final study on the costs. I am just very glad that someone in the Philippines appreciates good milk tea and shares our passion for Gong Cha. I hope we will not disappoint you once we open. 

  • shootfirsteatlater

    Thanks Andrew. I’m sure Gong Cha will do well in Manila. I’ll do my best to help spread the wonder of Gong Cha’s milk tea. I hope you open in Greenhills first. :-D

  • gracey

    :) OMG! I’m also a big fan of Milk Tea.  I fell in love with milk tea with my first sip at Cafe De Coral last 2001 then i’m returning for a vacation this coming january 2011.  I was googling which is the best milk tea in hk and walah i found Gong Cha.  I will surely try this out and will be one of the pioneer supporter once it hits the shores of MANILA!

    All the best Andrew!  THANKS LESLIE for the Wonderful Info!

  • Dennison Uy

    I used to be in the tea business and I make my own milk tea. You can have okay milk tea using simple ingredients. However, the best milk teas require very specific ingredients and skill in preparation. I’m really excited and looking forward to having Gong Cha in the Philippines.

  • shootfirsteatlater

    You’re absolutely right Dennison! I’ve tried making milk tea at home and somehow it’s never as good as Gong Cha’s or Cafe de Coral’s.

  • Dyanie

    Hi there! I’m soo excited to try this! I will be in HK next week! :)

  • Fang

    HI Andrew, I am very interested in Franchisee of Gong Cha in Bangkok, Thailand. Would appreciate if you could share story with me…kindly please add me on yr Facebook..my e-mail is hi_fango@hotmail.com, my name is Fang Shinohara

    Many Thanks O:-)

  • Roseanne

    Hey Darling, awesome review, quoted you in my blogpost! xx Roseanne
    http://theultimatereview.onsugar.com/BUBBLE-TEA-Gong-Cha-new-KOI-Why-KOI-addicting-14231954

  • shootfirsteatlater

    I didn’t see any quote or link from this page. *DONT_KNOW*

  • jet

    so when’s it opening here?? its been a couple of months already! haha oh well.. happy lemon muna

  • shootfirsteatlater

    Jet, Andrew told me the first branch will open in Mall of Asia at the end of March. Tagal no? I can’t wait na rin.

  • jet

    darn, i think im at hk more often than im at moa. haha not that im at hk often, just that moa is so damn far from our place! i’ve only been there once. haha guess i’ll be sticking with happy lemon and serenitea first..

  • Andrew Ong

    Hi Jet,

    Sorry for the delays in the first opening but I had to wait for the old tenant at SM MOA to leave and demolish his store first before I can start with ours. Just let me know what general area you live in and maybe i’ll open one near you! Hehe. There is a second branch for Gong Cha but can’t reveal to you where it is at this time but hopefully it will be near you. You can follow Gong Cha updates at facebook at Gong Cha Philippines or twitter at gongchaphil. 

    Thank you so much!

  • Miguel

    Hi Andrew, I am a business development manager for Maybank Philippines and we would like to partner with Gongcha as your Credit Card Payment Processor. In short we will provide your outlets with credit card terminals that accept all VISA and Mastercard credit cards. Can I have your email so we can better liase?

  • Jinks

    I am interested in franchising GONG CHA here in the philippines… I want to know what are the requirements and how much is the contract and the inclusions… We went to hongkong last week and I really love this…. Can you give me a contact number or email on how I can reach you?  Have you opened one in SM MOA already?

  • Andrew Ong

    Dear Miguel,

    Hi, I’ll check with my people here if we got a payment processor or not. I don’t think we have but i’ll let you know and confirm asap. 

  • Andrew Ong

    Hi Jinks. Thank you for your interest in Gong Cha. I really appreciate your interest in Gong Cha but at this time we are not franchising as of the moment. There are quite a number of people interested in franchising it from Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, Metro Manila, etc but as of the moment, I feel compelled to develop Gong Cha as best as I possibly can so that the future franchisee will have a very solid partner in me and Gong Cha by that time will be more known locally. Rest assured that I will keep you in mind when the time to franchise is right. Thanks so much for your support of Gong Cha!

  • Julie

    Hi Andrew,
    I am Julie from Indonesia, interesed in opening gong cha stores in Indonesia.
    I’d be very happy if you can share franchise information with me.
    Please email me at juliewong007@gmail.com. Thank you.

  • Zachary Haw

    Hi Andrew,

    I am interested in putting up a gong cha place somewhere near san juan… near schools in exact. Do you have any requirements or documents which we can have for a francise? or maybe a share would do… Thanks! 

  • Daryl

    Oh my!!!! i had the priviledge of “coincidentally” ordering a Gong Cha Milk tea during my visit in Zhuhai China. . . I enjoyed every sip of it and now nothing satisfies me better than the thought of it!!! I’m now in nostalgia for it so PLSsssssssss. ..  have it sent or franchised in the Philippines. . . i dont care about the price just i hope one branch wil be in Makati :)  

  • Dennison Uy

    Hi Lesie,

    Interesting that I am back on your blog. I commented back when the first outlet was still being built. Now Gong Cha has arrived and somehow I ended up in your blog.

    Anyhow, I have written an article on Gong Cha Philippines which your readers may find of interest.

    http://blog.codesignstudios.com/gong-cha-brings-the-best-milk-tea-ever-to-the-philippines/

    Cheers

  • Dennis

    Hi Andrew

    Interested to find out more about Gong Cha Franchise. Please email me your details and specifications – dchua100@hotmail.com

    Thanks

  • Anonymous

    have you open your moa branch already? can’t wait to taste gong cha again. :) once your open to franchise im intrested please send me an email wendyrivera2008@yahoo.com

    goodluck!

  • Alvin Wong

    Hi Andrew. I saw your soon-to-open store in Glorietta food court. Is that right?

    Good luck and best regards to you :) I’ll definitely market it among my friends and relatives.

  • http://twitter.com/floureggscrumbs Gay

    Love Gong-Cha. Had it in Macau last June. I hope you put up one in Makati :) Goodluck.

  • Ann

    Hi Andrew,

    Where can i get in touch w/ you.. Am interested w/ Gong Cha please email me at ann_f0730@yahoo.com. thank you.

  • Sheena911

    my sis is interested in opening a branch, may i know the details on whom to contact for t this matter ? thanks u can send me email sheena911go@gmail.com thank you

  • Teri

    Hi Andrew,

    Could you please email me franchising details? Kindly send it to teri_f08@yahoo .com

    Hoping to hear from you.

    Regards,
    Teri

  • Shireen280

    Hi,Andrew how are u?I m shireen Ong here I’ m from Kuala Lumpur ,I really interested of doing this franchise Gong Cha business .if you can share the detail with me I ,will pretty much appreciate to u this is my email : shireen280@yahoo.com. Thank you

  • Jeninejoy09

    Hi!! Is Gong Cha open for franchise already? My mom is very interested in getting a franchise. hope you can e-mail the details if possible… jeninejoy09@yahoo.com

  • Christine

    Hi Andrew,

    My friends are interested to open gongcha in Singapore. Can you pls send me details and the estimated startup costs for this venture?

    My email is pretty9999@yahoo.com

    Looking forward to your reply. Thanks!

    Rgds,
    Christine

  • iena

    hi andrew,

    i’m interested to open a franchise. can you kindly email me the franchise details at d3javu0@yahoo.com  :)

    Thank you,
    iena

  • Rainbow_thun

    I am interested to open it in Thailand can u please give me some information about franchise to me . my e-mail is rainbow_thun@hotmail.com thank you. :D

  • Anonymous

    Hi andrew.. Iam ian from Indonesia, could you please give me information about franchising Gong Cha at Indonesia. Please email the franchise information at ianrestaurants@fastmail.us.. Thanx a lot.

  • Akosicindy

    couldn’t agree wih you more, my favorite is the Gong Cha winter melon milk tea. We fell in love with it right away. We saw it on SM megamall.

  • sonofkong

    i’m interested to open a franchise. can you kindly email me the franchise details at kahleong_kahleong@hotmail.com

  • Vet_y2000

    Hi!!im interested to franchise Gong Cha . Can you provide me with the details and how much is the franchise and what are the included.here’s my email address vet_y2000@yahoo.com..Thanks

  • Leemei100

    Hi! I am interested to franchise Gong Cha . Can you provide me with the details and how much is the franchise and what are the included.here’s my email address leemei100@hotmail.com  Thanks

  • Anonymous

    Hi I’m interested in opening gong cha. Please send me the details of the franchise. Thanks a lot. Please drop me an email at esther90@gmail.com. Have a nice day

  • Pancake88

    hi andrew,

    i’m interested to open a franchise. can you kindly email me the franchise details at pancake88@hotmail.ph Thank you,Jessie Chua

  • Chung Benedict

    i want to start a franchise. please email me the info chung.benedict@gmail.com

  • Mbarbarauy

    hi Andrew! my husband and I are very much interested in gong cha. pls d let us know if it is for franchising already, which I hope it is. pls email me at mbarbarauy@Gmail.com. thanks! hoping for a positive response. :-)

  • Klennchua

    Hi Andrew

    Interested to find out more about Gong Cha Franchise. Please email me details – klennchua@yahoo.com

    Thanks very much!

  • Weliamchiam

    Hi Andrew,
    i am weliam from indonesia and really interested in franchising gong cha stores in indonesia.. Is it possible for you to share the franchise information with me .. thanks.. weliamchiam@gmail.com

  • Callistakirana

    hi andrew i m interested to open indonesia. can u please give me the details about the franchise to my email?thx in advance. callistakirana@ymail.com

  • Shellmichaelc

    hi sir. sheldon co. are you open for franchise? can we contact you or visit your office? thank you. shellmichaelc@hotmail.com

  • Nina_tags13

    Hi andrew! Nina here of Alabang.  Im very much interested in franchising Gong Cha, please let me know how much.  Kindly email me at nina_tags13@yahoo.com
    @yahoo 
    Looking forward to your reply.

    Cheers

  • jp mamatlalo

    Good Day! Andrew,
    i’m interested to open a franchise. please, kindly email me the franchise details at jumpy18a@yahoo.com
    Thank you,

  • Nelle Ricardo

     Hi Andrew, I am interested to franchise Gong Cha.  Please send me email at : nel_ricardo@yahoo.com for details. thanks

  • Sassywindie

     Hi Andrew, i’m Windy from Indonesia. i’m very much interested in opening one here but can’t get any details. If you don’t mind, please share some useful tips to sassywindie@yahoo.com.sg

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Appreciate it.

  • Et Phils

    You should try FrosTea Milk Tea in Xavierville-Katipunan or in E Rodriguez-St Lukes it’s so yummy! And very cheap too, a steal at 80 pesos for a giant 22oz

  • Catherine A. Lorbes

    Dear Mr . Ong,

    Are you open for franchising? If so, kindly email me your requirements. thanks
    clorbes@yahoo.com

  • Pol

    Hi andrew! Im paul from iloilo city.. Im interested to franchise Gong Cha., please send me the details and how much? Thank you.. paul_nsg2000@yahoo.com

  • sandra

    Hi Andrew, I am Sandra of Cagayan and interested in franchising Gong Cha, please send me details and requirements to disoh3768@yahoo.com

  • Julie_chua398

    HI,ANDREW, I’m very much  interested to franchise GONG CHA, are you open for franchise? please send me the details and requirements at  julie_chua398@yahoo.com  waiting for your reply,thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/zaldylee Zaldy L. Lee

    Hi Andrew. We are very fond of Gong Cha. Also we are excited to put a franchise in Bicol. Please let us konw how we could and by how much. Please email me at zaldylee@yahoo.com.ph. Thanks very much and hope to hear from you soon.

  • Phenina San Jose

    Hi Andrew I am interested to franchise Gongcha in the Philippines. 
      Please send me email at : nini_224@yahoo.com for details. thanks

  • Anonymous

    Hello Sir. Andrew, I am interested to franchise Gongcha in Philippines, if you are willing please email me at cy391033952@yahoo.com for requirements and details.
    Thank you and God bless.

  • Windy Tanio

    Hi Andrew, I’m interested with gong cha, and plan it to open in Indonesia, could you please send me information regarding gong cha franchise to my email at windy.tanio@gmail.com
    Thank You

  • Lyds

    Hi Andrew!   Im very much interested in franchising
    Gong Cha, please let me know how much and other detials.  Kindly email me at labruel_422@yahoo.com  Looking forward to your reply. Best Regards!

  • Phan Huy

    Hi Andrew,
    I am interested to franchise Gong Cha and i would like to bring it to vietnam market.  Please send me email at : phanhuytdh3@yahoo.com.  thanks

  • Mia Pratiwi

    Dear: Andrew,

    Hi Andrew, I am Mia. I live in HongKong and I really love Gong Cha. I’m very interested to open Gong Cha in Indonesia. Would you please kindly send me some details about the franchise. Contact me at liau_meiya@yahoo.com
    Thank u so much and looking forward to hear from you soon.

    Best Regards,
    Mia Pratiwi

  • Raymondmontesines

    Mr. Ong,

    kindly send me the details on how i can franchise gong cha.  thank you very much. raymondmontesines@yahoo .com

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    Hi Andrew, I am Diana and I would love to find out more about the franchise programme. Appreciate if you could email me at diana.dawidsongmail .com with all the relevant details.
     

  • 354

    Hello! Is Gong Cha open for franchise in Singapore is still on? Can you pls send me details and the estimated startup cost. My email is 354@hotmail.sg  Thanks!

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  • Dsdelrosario13

    hi Andrew. I am interested in franchising Gong Cha at Baguio City. Please email me at: dsdelrosario13@gmail.com …i hope to hear from you soon. Godspeed

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  • Ria Silverio

    Hi Andrew,

    I left a private message at your Fanpage just recently. As I described myself, Im an addict and thus a passionate fan of Gong Cha Milk teas. Have been spreading word around about this great tea. Hope you can email me for Franchise requirements (area, staff, equipment, who to contact and computations) at ria.silverio@gmail.com.

    Your immediate feedback will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!!

  • Aileen Aala

    Hi Andrew! I’m interested to franchise Gong Cha. Can you please email me the requirements? :) Thank you. email: aileen_aala@yahoo.com I’m looking forward for a positive response. :) God Bless!

  • emman

    hello there sir andrew! I am interested to franchise a Gong Cha near espana,manila… kindly send me the requirements and the package at my email: emparagasjr@gmail.com thanks!

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    Hi Mr. Andrew,

    I am interested to open gongcha in Jakarta, Indonesia. pls
    send me details and the franchise costs for this venture?

    My email is cathalia_pans@yahoo.com

    Looking forward to your reply.

  • Analie O. Sarte

    Hi Andrew, I’m Analie O. Sarte. We’re interested in putting up gong cha but not in Manila but in nearby provinces. Please email me at aosarte@yahoo.com details and cost as well. Thank you.

  • Dolly

    Hi Andrew, i’m Dolly. Regarding the Gongcha franchise i am interested to open in Sumatra Indonesia. Would you please send me the details at dollytanadi@gmail.com .
    Thank you very much for yours atention, I am looking forward for your reply.

  • Juiner

    Hi,.andrew.i’m Juiner frm indonesia.i’m very interested in franchising gong cha i wanna open in jakarta.would u pls send the details at jner_jy@yahoo.co.id
    Thank you so much

  • Ron

    Hi Andrew, am interested of putting Gong Cha, could you send me the deatils and requirements? ron_espi@yahoo.com Thanks Ron

  • Eakapon

    Dear Andrew,

    Could I ask you the way we will make franchise of Gong Cha in Thailand,please?
    We are really interested to have this at here.
    Your advice can be provided to E_nuanlit@yahoo.com

    Regards,
    Eak

  • Eak

    Dear Andrew,

    I am interested to open franchise Gong Cha in Thailand. Please advice us the opportunity, details, and Requirement? I already found out the good location for a franchise.

    Please give us your response at E_nuanlit@yahoo.com

    Regards,

    Eak

  • ruchay

    hello andrew, im interested in opening a branch in cebu and cagayan de oro.. may i know the details and to whom should i contact regarding this. please send an email to ruchay_infarct88@yahoo.com

  • Tin

    Hi Andrew, I am also interested in opening up a franchise of Gong Cha in nearby provinces. Can you let me know if it is already open for franchise and what are the requirements? please email me at christine.onzo@gmail.com. Thanks, hope to hear from you soon

  • Vincent

    Hi Andrew, I’m very much interested in opening up a franchise of Gong Cha. May I know the requirements and its cost. Please email me at vincem.generika@gmail.com. Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you.

  • Tiffany

    hi Andrew, I’m interested in opening a franchise in Surabaya, Indonesia. Could you please send me details on the procedure and requirements? You can contact me at tiffany13595@gmail.com (: Thanks in advance!

  • felicia

    Hi mr.Andrew im from Semarang, Indonesia. I’m interested to open Gong Cha in my town. Can you send me the details on the procedure and requirements? Please contact me at moon_lake16@yahoo.com thanks alot :)