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I discovered this bottled milk tea at the grocery store in Xidan Joy City the other day and snapped it up… I love love taro flavored anything, and especially taro milk tea which I usually get as a bubble tea. Maybe I’m overreacting but I am so in love with this bottled milk tea right now. I will be very sad when I can never get it back in the States. It’s milky and taro-y (which I always associate as kind of an almond flavor, but not quite), and the black tea (apparently a blend of Yunnan and Keemun) peeks through a little. I mean it’s not much but for me the star of the show is the taro so I don’t care. I have a bottle of regular flavor in my fridge so we’ll see how that goes, plus I found out that the green bottle is apparently jasmine so I am super excited to try that one too. When it comes to milk tea I am a girl obsessed, though I am sad to find that rose milk tea is not as prevalent around here as I had hoped (or at least, I haven’t found it yet).

At this point my sickness/allergies/reaction to pollution symptoms come in predictable waves… I have horrible coughing fits in the morning when I wake up, the middle of the day I often feel pretty good, and then night comes and my nasal passages close up completely and I feel generally like crap. Today I spent all day outside but a little ways outside the main part of the city, so hopefully the air was better there. Although I did pretty much confirm that the flowering trees are pretty much the only thing on the planet that I’m allergic to. Remind me to avoid Beijing in spring in the furture!

Indigobloom

ahhh! I loooove taro!!! so yummy. In fact, I had a taro bubbletea (my friends and I pm it as “bbt”) the other day. So good :P

Mercuryhime

I love sweet taro flavors as well. If you live by any Asian or Hispanic markets in the US, they usually have taro and you can make your own taro whatever. I particularly love the Chinese sweet coconut taro soup my grandma would make on occasion. It’s so simple. See this link:
http://userealbutter.com/2011/02/03/chinese-taro-tapioca-soup-recipe/

Also, Beijing air is terrible. I went several weeks before the Olympics so they had shut down the factories and restricted the use of vehicles for quite a while already, and still I developed this cough. Ugh. I totally understand why people are constantly coughing and hacking up phlegm right on the streets.

Dinosara

Awesome, thanks for the recipe Mercuryhime! My local grocery store in NY has taro root (it trends toward hispanic).

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Indigobloom

ahhh! I loooove taro!!! so yummy. In fact, I had a taro bubbletea (my friends and I pm it as “bbt”) the other day. So good :P

Mercuryhime

I love sweet taro flavors as well. If you live by any Asian or Hispanic markets in the US, they usually have taro and you can make your own taro whatever. I particularly love the Chinese sweet coconut taro soup my grandma would make on occasion. It’s so simple. See this link:
http://userealbutter.com/2011/02/03/chinese-taro-tapioca-soup-recipe/

Also, Beijing air is terrible. I went several weeks before the Olympics so they had shut down the factories and restricted the use of vehicles for quite a while already, and still I developed this cough. Ugh. I totally understand why people are constantly coughing and hacking up phlegm right on the streets.

Dinosara

Awesome, thanks for the recipe Mercuryhime! My local grocery store in NY has taro root (it trends toward hispanic).

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: I’m in LOVE with these teas.
89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
84-80: Tasty teas that I enjoy, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but wouldn’t seek out. They don’t quite do it for me in one aspect or another; often just not quite my style
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.

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