Went to this really cute tea place/cafe near my house today with my little sister!
I’ve been meaning to go since moving into the condo ‘cause it’s so close but I’ve just never quite had the time. It’s all Asian style and, of course, they specialize in bubble teas and milk teas. She grabbed a honeydew flavoured black tea with pearls/boba and I grabbed a taro milk tea with pearls/boba.
Mine was delicious! I’ve wanted to try taro flavoured bubble tea for such a long time because it is a more traditional flavour and I’ve just never really done it. I’ve had taro before in its regular form: we made them once at Sobeys to sample in the store. They basically cooked ‘em like potatoes and they were pretty good. Kind of sweet and very starchy? I expected the taro tea to be more purple, taro is awfully purple after all and every time I’ve seen taro bubble tea it’s been quite a creamy but dark purple. Mine was mostly a milky colour with a slight purple hue.
The taste was good: hard to describe other than just saying that ‘it tasted like taro’. I mean, I guess breaking it down that’s like saying it was kind of starchy/potato like with a nice natural sweetness and a bit of a nuttyness as well. In addition to the subtle, sweet umami profile there was the creaminess of the milk as well. Very yummy and refreshing, and not at all an overwhelming profile. I definitely understand why this is a traditional flavour!
EDIT: For Regina tea friends, the place was called SweeTea Cafe and it’s down in the East End. The service was quite nice too; the staffer was very helpful/friendly.