Whatever you may call it – pearl milk tea/boba tea/bubble tea has taken the world by storm and become a global phenomenon. SS15 Subang Jaya, in particular has become an increasingly popular destination to go to for its Bubble Tea Street, where more and more bubble tea shops are sprouting like mushrooms after the rain. In every corner you look, there’s sure to be a bubble tea shop there. One visit to the popularly known Bubble Tea Street in SS15 Subang Jaya and you’ll be spoiled for choice with the amount of international bubble tea brands that are available here such as Xing Fu Tang, The Black Whale, Daboba, Moge Tee and Chawanjia (Tea Bubble), just to name a few.
In my last visit to SS15 Subang Jaya’s Bubble Tea Street, I drank over 20 cups of boba from five different boba shops and ended up in a boba coma. True story. But that’s the price I’m willing to pay to bring you this article, you’re welcome. If you’re in need of a bubble tea fix and don’t know where to begin, read on as I spill the tea on some of the best (boba) tea SS15 Subang Jaya’s Boba Street has to offer!
1. Chawanjia (Tea Bubble)
First stop on my boba trip is the underrated Chawanjia (Tea Bubble), which is located just around the corner from where the main Bubble Tea Street is located in SS15 Subang Jaya. Hailing from Taiwan, the land where all things bubble tea comes from, they pride themselves on their signature, chewy rainbow coloured pearls that are made from scratch using all natural ingredients and soaked in fresh fruit juice.
I tried five drinks off of their extensive menu that were recommended by their staff during my visit to their store (from left to right): “Refreshing Lemonade with Rainbow Pearl”, “Assam Black Milk Tea”, “Black & White”, “Sakura Pearl Green Tea” and “Mango Jasmine Rainbow Pearl Green Tea”.
My personal favourites is one of their refreshing fruit teas, which is the “Mango Jasmine Rainbow Pearl Green Tea” (RM 14). This cold drink is made using fresh mangoes and jasmine green tea on top of a bed of chewy, rainbow pearls which are then topped off with fresh strawberries. The burst of flavours from the mangoes, strawberries and jasmine green tea are truly unique and unlike anything I’ve tasted before. I don’t know any other bubble tea store that offers fun and colourful pearls like they do and their rainbow pearls are definitely a must try here! Chewy and not too sweet, it is a perfect match with this drink.
My second personal favourite is the “Refreshing Lemonade with Rainbow Pearl” (RM 12), from their refreshing lemonade series. Another colourful drink, this brightly coloured lemonade is made with freshly squeezed lemon juice and butterfly pea flower tea for that mesmerising purple colour and none other than their signature rainbow pearls. Definitely another must try in my books! I don’t know how or why this bubble tea brand has been kept under my radar for so long, but not anymore as these drinks has kept me wanting to come back for more!
Address: 34, Jalan SS15/8, SS15, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Operating Hours: Sat – Wed (11.30 am – 12.00 am), Thurs – Fri (11.30 am – 1.00 am).
Next on my list is Daboba where I was lucky enough to try six different drinks from their menu: “Cheese Green Tea”, “Roasted Brown Sugar Pearl Fresh Milk”, “Brown Sugar Pearl Milk Tea”, “Honey Golden Pearl Green Milk Tea”, “Melon Green Tea” and “Brown Sugar Pearl Fresh Milk”. Another international bubble tea brand, they are well known among avid bubble tea fans for their adorable bear logo and loved for their number one best seller, the “Roasted Brown Sugar Pearl Fresh Milk”.
Brown sugar boba has been all the rage among bubble tea fans this past year and Daboba’s take on the popular drink with their “Roasted Brown Sugar Pearl Fresh Milk” (RM 12.90) is delicious. It’s quite unlike your typical brown sugar boba as theirs is topped with a roasted cheese foam. Upon receiving your order, the helpful staff will recommend that you first open the lid and enjoy the taste of the cheese foam before poking your straw through the opening and enjoying the rest of your drink. Although the fresh milk tastes very light, the drink is still rich in flavour with the roasted cheese topping and gooey brown sugar pearls. If you’re an avid fan of brown sugar boba, you must have already heard about this place and I think this drink is well worth the hype!
Address: 25, Jalan SS15/4, SS15, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Operating Hours: Sun – Thurs (12.30 pm – 11.30 pm), Fri – Sat (12.30 pm – 12.30 am).
3. Xing Fu Tang
The third stop on my boba trip needs no introduction, it’s none other than Xing Fu Tang. When the shop first opened in SS15 just before it became known for its Bubble Tea Street, customers were willing to line up outside just to get a taste of their much hyped about “Brown Sugar Boba Milk”. Customers would flock to the shop and line up for a few blocks just to satisfy their Xing Fu Tang cravings, I mean if that’s not dedication then I don’t know what is!
The “Brown Sugar Boba Milk” (RM 12.90) is considered the OG of all brown sugar bobas. The thing that makes the drink stand out from other brown sugar bobas is their handcrafted tapioca pearls which are stir fried to perfection in a brown sugar-filled wok in front of waiting customers. Customers can also indulge in the unique experience of picking a fortune telling stick and getting their fortune told. The boba milk here is creamy, rich in flavour and this earns them a well-deserved spot high up in my list of places I enjoyed taste-testing during my Bubble Tea Street visit.
Address: 88G, Jalan SS15/4, SS15, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Operating Hours: Daily (12.00 pm – 1.00 am)
4. The Black Whale
The fourth stop during the trip was The Black Whale and it was at this point that I started going into a boba coma. Mind you, I am lactose intolerant so you can only imagine the toll all that boba was taking on my stomach but I braved through it for the sake of this article (ahem, you’re welcome!). I tested three delicious drinks here: “Fiery Brown Sugar Black Whale Milk”, “Royal Whale Milk Tea” and “Grapefruit Whalcano”.
Their no.1 best seller, the “Fiery Brown Sugar Black Whale Milk” (RM 12.90) was an absolute favourite of mine. Having taste tested the brown sugar boba from Xing Fu Tang just moments before, The Black Whale’s contribution to the brown sugar boba craze proves themselves as fierce competition here in SS15 Subang Jaya’s Boba Street. Their take on the brown sugar boba is by far the richest, creamiest and the most premium tasting brown sugar boba milk I’ve ever tasted, it’s unlike any other brown sugar boba I’ve ever had before. This easily earns them the No. 1 spot on my list of favourite boba tea places I visited during my trip to the Boba Tea Street, just from this drink alone.
Address: 33, Jalan SS15/4, SS15, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Operating Hours: Daily (12.00 pm – 1.00 am)
5. Moge Tee
The fifth and final stop on my boba trail was Moge Tee, which is another shop that’s fortunately not on the main Boba Tea Street so finding parking here should be much easier. Moge Tee ensures that their wide selection of drinks are healthy and contain zero trans fat so customers can enjoy their drinks without feeling guilty. I had the pleasure of trying a couple of different drinks: “Super fruit Green Tea”, “Brown Sugar Bubble Milk Tea”, “Brown Sugar Bubble Milk”, “Taro Bubble Milk”, “Roar Mango Punch” and also two desserts from their soufflé pancake menu, which is their “Tiramisu Soufflé” and “Creme Brûlée Soufflé”.
At this point of the trip, I have to admit I was beginning to feel sick from all the different brown sugar and milk concoctions I tried that day and boy, was I glad that Moge Tee offers a selection of desserts to pair with their drinks. Their yummy soufflé pancakes are pillowy soft and melts in your mouth. I wish I savoured every bite of it but really I just attacked it and finished it with the rest of the Radio Monash Malaysia team within seconds with no shame! The “Tiramisu Soufflé” (RM 17) was my favourite here, it’s not too sweet and comes with a side of ice cream, and topped with a biscuit and a fresh dollop of whipped cream. It is their newest addition to their soufflé pancake menu and I highly recommend it!
As for drinks, I absolutely loved their “Superfruit Green Tea” (RM 14). According to the lovely staff there, their fruit tea is mostly ice blended to prevent oxidisation, how interesting! The fruit tea was refreshing and thirst-quenching and the blend of different super fruits with the green tea was deliciously perfect, I felt healthy drinking it and was able to enjoy the drink guilt-free.
My other personal favourite was the “Roar Mango Punch” (RM 19) which is not so much a drink as it is actually a parfait. This dessert is made with mango yoghurt and layered with whipped cream, fresh mango fruit slices, wafers and biscuits. You get a taste of different textures with every layer of every bite of this parfait – crunchy from the wafers and biscuits and soft and smooth from the mango slices, whipped cream and yoghurt. A definite must try when you come to Moge Tee for tea and desserts!
Address: Ground Floor, 34, Jalan SS15/4D, SS15, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Operating Hours: Daily (12.00 pm – 1.00 am)
I ended the boba trip swearing that I never wanted to hear the word “boba” or see boba or even drink another cup of boba and yet three days later, I went and got myself a cup of boba anyway. I swear I will never get over my boba craze, not even after taste testing over 20 cups of it from 5 different shops in about 5 hours. I hope this article is useful the next time you find yourself in SS15 and can’t decide from the different bubble tea brands that have set up shop in the Bubble Tea Street.