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Gong Cha (Tribute Tea) origin back a long way at around 1000 BC in ancient China. Tea is offered as tribute to the Emperor. Tribute tea or Gong Cha consumed by Chinese emperors is of best quality collected throughout the kingdom.
Gong Cha aims to provide the best quality tea and beverages to its customers. They believe in offering natural, healthy, freshly brewed tea and beverages with a refreshing taste. All their tea are freshly brewed daily in our Gong Cha outlets.
Gong Cha was also famous for its sweet brown sugar which blended well with most other tea and mixtures they have on the menus. However the price is slightly high for those that just want to enjoy a simple bubble tea and the simple flavors that can get at Each A Cup, or Sweet-Talk.
Most of times will be students or mostly girls that queued up during lunch hours or peak hours after their class or lessons and want to grab a drink at Gong Cha, which is the time I would avoid due to the crowd and the time taken. I personally likes the Peach Green Tea, and The Milk Tea, the two of the drinks have rich flavors of tea and very chewy pearls in it as well, that doesn't taste the same as most bubble tea shops, probably is Gong Cha's special recipe of teas which makes this drinks so delicious.
The customer service wasn't as well as I would expect, as most of them nowadays are teenagers and students which does not have the experience and knows the importance of customer service, they are always rushing stuffs due the large crowd, that I can't blame them for, but they get really restless when you're talking your time to choose your drinks.
Overall other then the customer service, Gong Cha is a must try for Bubble tea lovers and beverage lovers.
My favourite is either red or green milk tea with pudding. The addition of the pudding changes the taste quite a bit to give it a slightly musky, light sweetness, with a soft and wholesome pudding texture. Usually I only have 50% sugar in my drink because the pudding sweetens it up quite a bit. I love the taste of their milk tea as it is very distinct and not the fresh-milk taste of some other franchises.
However, I do not like the signature milk tea. The milk at the top tastes very strange to me and I prefer one with a stronger tea taste rather than a milk taste. I also like the peach green tea, which is very refreshing, but expensive at $2.50 a cup without pearls. I find it quite strange that it is even more expensive than the milk tea itself, which would be $2.20 without pearls.
More and more Gong Cha outlets have been sprouting out which makes it even more convenient for Gong Cha lovers to find a branch near them.
I tried the Gong Cha Alisan Tea at 50% sugar level with normal pudding and also bought an Earl Gray milk tea 30% with pearl home. It was recommended by the service crew at the store, so I gave it a try. At the same time, i asked the staffs whether there's any promotion going on. She told me that NUS students are entitle to 10% discounts. Too bad i am not a NUS student, maybe in a few years time i'm able to get this privilege too.
My drink was ready in 20minutes, which was considered quite long compared to other bubble tea stores. However after drinking, I felt that it was worth both the queue and money. The top seller, Gong cha Alisan Tea is definitely worth trying, the milky foam on the top added a smooth sensation to my throat after you swirl the cup and drink from the opening. Highly-recommended.
I am simply mad about Gong Cha's Milk Green Tea with 50% sugar. The milk green tea is served with a brim of salty thick milk floating above the tea. You could choose to mix and blend the milk together or drink separately. Personally, I like to mix it a little and leave a bit of milk above for me to savour on its own. Taro (Yam) milk tea and melon tea are also my favourites.
The sad thing about Gong Cha is that pearls do not accompany most of their drink. You've to pay extra for them. In addition, though the service at Gong Cha is rather efficient, the service crew do not seem to be trained to be friendly and approachable by the customers. There is definitely room for improvement in terms of service.
Prices are higher than the normal SweetTalk bubble tea shops (which is really horrendous if you should know) and I guess the difference in price is justified by the higher quality of the ingredients used in making the tea from Gong Cha. I could feel the difference between these two. Gong Cha's tea feels smoother and more natural than other cheaper bubble tea shops. Comparing to KOI, Gong Cha is not overrated and definitely deserves the hype it is increasingly getting.
I ordered Milk tea with black pearl and Taro milk tea with white pearl. Honestly, I am never really one to drink milk tea, I like my fruity tea but these were the recommendations from my friends and they sound pretty okay so why not. The milk tea was an okay cup of bubble tea, not that awesome but not bad either. The Taro milk tea, however, was surprisingly yummy - this coming from someone who dislikes taro in all forms. The white pearl is firmer than those conventional black pearl, and I was glad I opted for it. Black pearl is now a thing of the past for me.
Drinking down my drink, I turned to my friend who had her cup of bubble tea. Hers was milk tea with herbal jelly, I gave a sheepish smile and she quickly got the drift and let me have a taste of the drink. Like the taro milk tea, it was surprisingly yummy and if you got turned off by the word "herbal", don't. The herbal jelly was smooth and silky, the herbal taste barely even there. If you're not a fan of Milk tea, you could opt for fresh milk instead.
Do try out the other unconventional choices, you might be in for a surprise. Don't worry about long lines, there's 3 Gong Cha branch that I came across, just walking along Orchard Road.
My favourite is the honey milk with Gongcha milk and black pearls. I accidentally stumbled upon this combination when the lady behind the counter mixed up my order, but it was the best mistake ever. When the slightly salty Gongcha milk combines with the honey milk tea, a new winner is born - milky and sweet but with a savoury element.
I feel that there is more to Gong Cha (as well as KOI, but more on that in KOI's review) simply than the hype, and definitely more than just the milk tea which isn't really THAT great. That may be in part due to my dislike for pearls and boredom with milk tea.
Gong Cha has three main standouts for me that make it a quality bubble tea stall and one that I wouldn't hesitate to buy from.
1) It offers discounts. This gives it an edge over MANY other bubble tea stalls (including KOI) because you get a 10% discount with NTUC Cards (including NEBO, which many youth have). This makes it more affordable, if only just a teeny bit.
2) It has a wide array of affordable toppings. This is two plus points: many toppings, and affordable toppings. I particularly enjoy their White Pearl topping which really ups the sugar level of the drink (which is probably why it's so tasty). If ordering white pearl, I would recommend you get your sugar level one notch below what you ACTUALLY want. Also enjoyable is their 3S which I find superior to their 3J (but also superior in pricing). The combination of herbal jelly, white pearl, and aloe vera is healthier and more refreshing than the 3J combination which includes the supposedly carcenogenic black pearl.
3) Gong Cha Milk. This is if you're a huge fan of milk. Of all the drinks I've added it to, I find that it really does go best with their Alisan Tea - it conveys both the subtleties of the fresh alisan tea with the milky goodness of their gong cha milk. While they recommend drinking it from the cup itself, I usually ask them to package it as a normal gong cha drink and mix the milk around the entire drink. It may be too milky for some - but its personal preference and you should probably try it if you love milk.
That said, Gong Chan has a few drawbacks as well. I always find that it is less fresh than KOI, for some reason, and they also don't offer drinks in large sizes (unlike KOI).
All in all however, their drawbacks don't really undermine their overall quality. If you haven't given bubble tea a try, Gong Cha is a good place to start. If you're a hardcore KOI fan however, I wouldn't be foolish enough to persuade you that Gong Cha is better. After all, I'm somewhat of a neutral.
My favourite drink from Gongcha is the Earl Grey Milk Tea. It simply wins over all the other drinks. Hands down. Add herbal jelly to this drink and there! You'll have the most perfect cup of milk tea in your hands. I like Gongcha because I find the their flavours and sugar levels just nice for me. Their drinks are smooth and nice, unlike some of the other brands out there, which serve sickly sweet syrupy concoctions.
Even though the drinks at Gongcha might be a tad more expensive than other alternatives, I still think that $3 is worth it for a cup of my heavenly milk tea.
I'm a sugar lover, so I always set my sugar level to 100%. Their milk tea has a certain taste to it that doesn't make it overpoweringly creamy yet catches your taste bud with sweetness. I am always conflicted about adding pearls, though. Their pearls taste good and are not only sweet but also easily chewable. The only problem is that I always manage to finish my drink before even touching the pearls, so I have to continuously maneuver the straw to suck up all the pearls.
Gong Cha is a wonderful treat to have if you want to lay back and relax after a hot, tiring day. Though it may be really expensive, indulging once in a while wouldn't hurt.
Haven't really got to try their desserts but I'm a fan of their Matcha-flavored drinks and have them without sugar every time. It's surprisingly sweet enough on it's own so it makes for my healthy indulgence whenever I'm out exploring the malls.
They're priced rather economically too, at about $3+ for one. The queue gets a little long at times, but their staff seems to be rather efficient at most outlets so don't worry about having to waste half of your lunch hour buying your favorite beverage!
While KOI mostly does the normal, conventional flavours with more generic toppings, I feel that Gong Cha offers a lot more in terms of their innovative flavours.
My personal favourite is the Gong Cha Milk Melon Tea, which is winter melon tea topped with their signature Gong Cha Milk. I've been trying to figure out what goes into their Gong Cha Milk, but to no avail.
Other flavours such as Calpis lemon juice and Earl Grey Milk Tea are also fabulous. It all depends on what you feel like drinking at that moment!
I'm really happy that Gong Cha is ubiquitous now as it means that I can get my bubble tea fix super easily!
I absolutely love their pudding milk tea. Creamy milk tea with yellow pudding that goes really well with the tea is something that everyone should have everyday. Okay, not really everyday; the sugar is going to kill all of us. Talking about sugar, I like how they implemented the scale to allow you to pick your sugar levels in your drink. I usually go for 50% because it is just the right amount of sweetness for me. Having said that, drinking milk tea everyday is going to burn a hole in my wallet, but at times I just can't resist, especially during exam periods!
They also offer a number of add ons into their drinks. I hate the usual black bubble tea pearls. I think they're really heavy on my stomach and they make me feel really sick, the consistency of it is also a major turn off for me,but what's the point of bubble tea without the "bubble" factor? Gong cha's white pearls are definitely a great alternative. They're chewy, like the normal pearls, but they have a more "crunchy" texture rather than "chewy" so that doesn't make my head spin, which is always a plus.
Gong Cha has a really efficient ticket system whereby you will be assigned a order number and once that umber is flashed, your drink will be ready. It is really fast and efficient and the waiting times for the drinks are usually less than 5 minutes.
The prices at Gong Cha are reasonable in my opinion. My favorite drink would be the Passion fruit green tea with 50% sugar. The sweetness of the passion fruit blends well with the green tea and is a excellent drink to quench your thirst! The Macchiatos are also good. The combination of milk and juice is really tasty and is a must try.
Overall, if you are looking to combat the searing heat of Singapore, Gong Cha would be a perfect place to go to.
I love how Gong Cha Alisan Milk Tea balance out the aromatic Alisan tea(stronger tea than the usual) with the creamy milk on top (a little salty), it is just a really good combination that I love. Lemon Kumquat Juice and Calpis Lemon Juice are drinks that would refresh you on a tiring or boring day. Earl Grey Milk Tea is just plain delicious, the earl grey just smells and taste so good. Gong Cha is the best place to get Earl Grey milk tea (although on average I put the sugar level at 50% but somehow Earl Grey still gets a little too sweet so I would get 25%.) Caramel Milk Tea is another of my favorite since I love caramel.
But I didn't like the Gong Cha Milk Green Tea, the green tea they use is essentially those Jasmine green tea that you get in bottled drinks. I initially thought it is the matcha kind of green tea so that was a disappointment for me, but it would probably appeal to those who like Jasmine green tea.