By Tana Kosiyabong
Ever since I moved to North America, my body has gradually adapted to the cooler and dryer climate. Unfortunately, I can no longer stand the heat and humidity like when I was living in Thailand. During the summer months, I’ve found myself drinking cold beverages everywhere I go. And it isn’t even hot here compared to Bangkok.
Last Saturday, I headed to Yaohan Centre in Richmond to check out their food court. So I hopped on the Canada Line at Waterfront Station and got off at Aberdeen station. After a walk through Aberdeen Centre and President Plaza, I was right smack in the middle of Yaohan Food Court. The long commute made me hot and thirsty. So I looked around for a cheap, cold drink to cool myself down. That’s when I came across the two vendors, Little Bean Tea Station and Juice King, standing side by side. I don’t know if they are friends or enemies, but both of them offer similar “Special Bubble Tea” for $2.66 (plus HST).
After checking out them out, I decided to go with the Juice King because I liked their cartoon mascot on the signage. Seriously! That was it. No extensive research. It was too hot for that. A couple minutes later, I got my bubble tea in a large, sealed plastic cup and a big straw.
The drink was made of black tea, milk, sugar, ice and black tapioca pearls. I could see the bubble foam clearly through the plastic. The comic strip printed on the seal was so corny it made me laugh. The iced tea was tasty yet not overly sweet which I really like. It was also creamy and infused with strong black tea flavour. Each time I sipped, I felt more and more soothing as if the tea was a step closer to win the war against the heat in my body. The tapioca black pearls added chewy texture which made it fun to drink. I particularly enjoyed sucking those pearls up one by one.
For the same price as a small iced coffee at a trendy coffee shop, I got a large serving of refreshing bubble tea to help me beat the heat of summer. This is truly a Cheap Appetite!
That’s it. I’m off to the beach. See you here next week. 🙂
Juice King’s Special Bubble Tea with Tapioca Pearls: ©©©3/4
Juice King is located at 1060-3700 No. 3 Road, Richmond BC V6X 3X2 (T) 604.278.3110
Remaining Budget: $158.13
Budget Spent: -$2.66 (This budget doesn’t include HST)
Budget Available: $155.47
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