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Gong Cha 貢茶 has finally found a new home here in Malaysia in one of the largest shopping malls in the country, The Gardens Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur. Started in early May with their first outlet in SS15, Subang and only recently at The Gardens Mall in Mid Valley (opposite of Ying Ker Lou restaurant).

Gong Cha is a popular bubble tea chain that was established in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 2006. Ever since, Gong Cha has swept into neighboring countries such as Hong Kong, China, Macau, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines and Malaysia by storm.

Like other similar popular Taiwanese bubble tea chains, Gong Cha allows you to choose the level of sweetness and ice.

We got hooked to Gong Cha when we first tried their signature milk green tea in Hong Kong in 2009. Back then, there were long queues in every single outlet and after 30 minutes of queuing, we had one of the most unforgettable experience.

So when we heard about Gong Cha in Malaysia, we immediately drove down to Mid Valley looking forward to rekindle with the joyful moments we had before. To my surprise, there was hardly any queue when we arrived. It is either because of the high floor and hidden corner location or everyone else is at Cha Time. Meanwhile, Cha Time was crazily packed though!

The famous Gong Cha signature milk foam or also known as "nai gai" 奶蓋. There are 3 ways to enjoy this drink.
  1. Sip the freshly brewed tea through the milk froth without a straw.
  2. Slurp some tea followed by the milk through the straw for a smooth aftertaste.
  3. Stir and enjoy a perfect blend of milky froth and aromatic tea.

Signature milk winter melon tea (RM 5.90), with a layer of creamy milk froth on top that gave a slight savory taste to it. When both of the milky froth and tea were mixed, the saltiness of the froth balanced the sweetness from the winter melon and perfectly creating one of the most addictive milk tea! One of the difference to Gong Cha Hong Kong was the cup size, we remembered having a bigger cup for HKD 12.

Signature milk green tea (RM 5.90), I would recommend a 70 - 100% sweetness level to balance up the slight creamy saltiness of the milk froth. Sadly, the milk froth was less thicker and much lesser than the winter melon version. It was pretty disappointing and it tasted incomplete. To us, it is still understandable and forgivable for the inconsistency due to the new opening and staffing.

Basil seeds with lemon and winter melon tea (RM 5.90), superb blend of winter melon tea and lemon bits with fun crunchy basil seeds. It was a very uplifting and refreshing drink!

Milk tea (RM 4.90) with white pearl (RM 1.50), similar to other Taiwanese milk teas, they all don't have a strong tea after-taste but more into the creamy and smooth milky taste. White pearl, one of Gong Cha's specialty made from seaweed extract and lower in calories compared to the black pearl made from tapioca. It is definitely a healthier alternative.

The texture of the white pearl is totally different from the usual ones. Not as chewy but interestingly special. The only downside was, they were broken in bits and not entirely round. Are they supposed to look like that?

Caramel milk tea (RM 5.90) with black pearl (RM 1), smooth caramel taste and not overly sweet. We were extremely disappointed with the black pearl - one of the worst we had! It had texture like it just came out from the freezer with a harden inner mid.

Milk oolong tea (RM 4.90) with black pearl (RM 1). We couldn't pick up any oolong taste unlike a recent similar drink we had in Cha Time, tie guan yin latte that had a bolder and more distinct Chinese tea after-taste. Also, the lousy pearls made it less enjoyable.

Lemon juice with aiyu jelly and white pearl (RM 6.40), reasonably decent refreshing drink with the right combination of sweetness yet sourish lemon and chewy white pearls.

House special milk coffee (RM 6.90) with black pearl (RM 1), the coffee was strong but expensive for coffee that tasted similar to our local cafes and kopitiams. The pearls were disastrous, we had to filter them out before drinking it further.

We had about 8 cups within 2 days and the overall experience was pretty bad. With much less choices compared to the Hong Kong counterpart and Cha Time in Malaysia plus the inconsistencies in quality, I personally felt that it will be difficult to command for those long queues. For the pearls, I hope it was just a bad day, otherwise, it will be my last Gong Cha in Malaysia.

Verdict: Utterly speechless since I expected Gong Cha to put up a good fight with Cha Time in Malaysia. Anyhow, if you haven't try Gong Cha before, it is still worthwhile to try their signature milk froth tea.

S-238B, 2nd Floor,
The Gardens Mall,
Mid Valley City,
Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Business Hours: Opens daily from 10am - 10pm
Pork Free: Yes
GPS: 3.117633, 101.675570

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  25. Anonymous Said,'> August 5, 2016 at 8:38 AM

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