Sweet Things- Orange You Glad to See Me- Bubble Nini Tea

180/8 Central Park Avenue, Chippendale NSW

Hey, funny how typos can inspire? Accidentally missing the ‘C’ off Chippendale, resulted in Hippendale! And that is what Chippendale has become, the hip place to open up a shop which has a fresh new take….. This time a fresh new take on Bubble tea.

I’m not counting, but I think Bubble Nini Tea has been around for at least 6 months now, we first went there within the first few weeks of their grand opening, and it has since redefined the concept of Chinese Bubble tea stores. The usual Bubble stores, it’s usually a small shop with a long counter; a bunch of people non-customer facing hurriedly mixing people’s tea orders; loud Asian pop music; and a cashier chick who is just going through the motions of taking your order and then taking your cash. But here at Bubble Nini, everything is chilled and relaxed, an oasis of calm. (I was tempted to place an exclamation point after calm, but that would seem shout-y, so calm, you only get a full-stop). This is what I mean by calm- The music was a selection which was at a slower pace cranked only to 30% volume; the staff were nearly Zen-like speaking softly when taking our orders; the shop was large and spacious with nice wooden floorboards; the store was fresh smelling from all the fresh day-old flowers; and even the AC was more refreshing than other AC units, it wasn’t cold but just right! I swear, their cash register till even had a soft close cash draw! Ok….. I’m probably exaggerating, the service girl was just so chilled and relaxed that she probably slid shut the reboundable drawer with just the right amount of force to close it, without making a clatter. Ah! So Zen!

Tonight, after a heavy protein-laden meal, and an after-dark search for LP’s Quality Meets, a refreshing Jasmine tea with seasonal fruits (orange, green apples and pineapple) was exactly what the gastronomic doctor ordered! **Note: $6.50 for medium size. The drink is actually called ‘Orange You Glad to See Me’, and all other drinks have similarly creative names, some word-plays cheesier than others. Hehehe. What was served to us was just the right amount of sweet, the tea taste was pure, and the fresh fruits lent just enough of their natural flavours to lightly flavour the drink. All in all, a refreshing beverage. And when you’re done, and if you have some cutlery on hand, you can cut the plastic seal of the cup open to consume the fresh slices of fruit at the bottom. Yum!

Our first time at Bubble Nini Tea, we had a milk bubble tea (Exhibit B). The stand-out of Nini teas is the fact that their pearls are handmade, and flavoured like its accompanying milk tea flavour e.g. pink strawberry pearls for the strawberry milk tea, Matcha pearls for the matcha milk tea etc. Bubble Nini Tea definitely worth your while when you’re down in Hippendale!

Sweet Things- Purple rice yogurt- The Moment

394 Sussex Street, Sydney NSW

Have us Asian’s forgotten that we’re lactose intolerant? Or is the Sydney fad of rice yoghurt and the feelings of FOMO so emotive that we’d rather put up with hours of painful abdominal pains than to miss-out on this latest fad?

But hey, what can I say, I’m a sheep as well! But a lazy-a** sheep, so instead of lining-up for upwards of half an hour at the peak of the summer sun at Yomie’s; we instead went to ‘The Moment’, a bubble tea store further up Sussex Street who also serves rice with yoghurt.

What did I think at first taste?

“I can’t believe people are lining up for this?! Especially Asians!” As we Asians don’t historically consume much yogurt! And this isn’t an easy on the palate yoghurt like Yoplait, but it tastes like some serious hard-core fermented milk! It honestly tastes more like Greek yoghurt, than anything I’ve tasted recently where I’ve been happily placing spoonfuls and spoonfuls into my mouth. I wonder how many selfies have been taken over the past months, with a cup of rice yoghurt in one hand and a tightly pursed lipped smile on the face…. You know the face you make when you’re trying to reassure your friends that you’re okay, just before you throw-up all over them? Haaha.

But tell you what? After a while the whole thing actually starts to grow on you! Um, just to clarify, the taste starts to grow on you, not the fermented yoghurt vomit……It’s creamy, it’s sweet & sour, and the rice gives you something to chew-on. For $6.20, it’s so filling, it’s like a liquid lunch! And the stomach cramps afterwards?! PRICELESS baby! Haaha. One day when the  lines outside Yomie’s Rice X Yogurt start to die down, I’ll have to try their concoction to see if their yogurt is as strong tasting as ‘The Moment’s’, if it’s less intense, I’ll promise to write an equally long post, retracting all innuendos I’ve made in this post about Sydney’s latest favourite dessert. *Nods*. But until then, I stand by this post and my opinions. Haaha.