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Xing Fu Tang (幸福堂) – George St Sydney CBD NSW Bubble Tea Review

If you plug Xing Fu Tang (幸福堂) into Google Translate it will tell you that the first two characters – 幸福 – means happy, and the last character – 堂 – means hall. While technically correct, that’s not the full gist of “幸福”.

幸福 (Xing Fu), to my understanding, is more than just a feeling of happiness. It is a feeling of bliss, of comfort, something than just 快乐.

While a nice thought, my experience at Xing Fu Tang was not actually very 幸福. I got a honey lemon tea with additional rabbit panna cotta on top. It was strange that I didn’t realise it at the time, but the panna cotta sat on top of a plastic film, and was not direct contact with the drink. The drink itself was way too sweet, with no option to select the amount of sugar. While honey is obviously sweet, I did not expect it to be just this sweet.

I just didn’t really like it. I’m sure the drinks where you can specify your sugar load would be better, but I just don’t think I’d ever come back.

Xing Fu Tang Sydney Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Bakery Café Chinese

Bengong Black – Darling Square Haymarket NSW Bubble Tea and Bakery Review

Let me tell you about a vibe.

Back when my partner worked in Concord, she would often come home with milk tea from Bengong. We always enjoyed their milk tea, imbued with a stronger tea flavour than most outfits. We were therefore suitably surprised and a little bit proud when we found that they had opened up a branch in Darling Square. The Concord Hospital boba tea shop had finally made it.

I really enjoyed this Tea Cube Milk Tea when I first had it. I was confused when they asked me to choose a flavour, and I chose lychee. I thought it was so cool that they had somehow created this drink where they put concentrated tea into jellies. I went back a couple of days later and asked for one but without fruit flavouring, and the staff member looked at me as if I were crazy but was ultimately happy to oblige. What I got was a simple milk tea with a lot of ice. I was an idiot. The tea cubes weren’t actually tea cubes, merely fruit cubes.

The Wuwu Oreo Sundae was pretty good! Just a soft serve over hot brown sugar and boba syrup, with an oreo on top. It melts quickly so be sure to eat it just as fast.

Bread is bread. This particular strawberry flavoured bread was not that good.

Bengong Black Haymarket
91 Harbour St, Haymarket NSW 2000

Bengong Black Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Chinese Drinks

Xiaomi’s Yoghurt – Kingsford NSW Bubble Tea Review

Xiaomi means “small rice” in Mandarin, a name perhaps more fitting for this purple rice yoghurt specialty store than the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer (on whose product all of the photos on this blog have been taken).

Xiaomi Yoghurt’s restrictive opening times have meant that despite the many many times we have eaten out in Kingsford it has been very rare for us to see it open. I took the opportunity one evening to grab a mango tea yoghurt ($8) for myself and some purple rice yoghurts for my partner (4 for $20) and her friends and colleagues in the Prince of Wales intensive care unit.

I really enjoyed the mango tea yoghurt. It had heaps of thick fresh mango at the bottom, with a good mix of yoghurt. I particularly enjoyed the strong tea flavour in one layer of the drink. My only regret is that I drank it through the straw whilst driving in my car, and thus I wasn’t able to appreciate all of the layered complexities present in the drink.

My partner liked the purple tea yoghurt. She’s somewhat of a connoisseur, and found it no worse than its competitors but at a better price.

4/5

Xiaomi’s Yoghurt
Shop 1/450 Anzac Parade, Kingsford NSW 2032
+61 405 980 868

Xiaomi's Yoghurt Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Chinese

Little Cha – Eastgardens NSW Restaurant Review

Wow. Little Cha. Bubble tea that’s not so little.

Got the eponymous Little Cha and the Lychee Luscious. Both with 25% sugar, and both were still too sweet. I enjoyed the toppings (strawberry and passionfruit popping pearls in the Little Cha and lychee jelly in the Lychee Luscious) but not the drinks themselves.

I probably wouldn’t order from Little Cha again.

A Little Cha
152 Bunnerong Rd, Eastgardens NSW 2036
0450 636 940

A Little Cha Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Chinese Drinks

Hey Fresh – Kingsford NSW Restaurant Review

There are a number of great places for bubble tea in Kingsford. What a shame that none of them are open at 10PM on a Thursday.

Hey Fresh is co-located with Yang Guo Fu Ma La Tang on Kingsford’s main strip. It’s one of the last tea places to stay open every night, and with the ongoing two for 1 special we thought we’d give it ago.

What a mistake.

Neither the lychee or strawberry fruit teas tasted very good to us. I guess it’s difficult to describe but I think they just tasted way too artificial. I was surprised to find the lychee fruit tea pink in colour, as lychee flesh is generally white and only the shell has some redness to it.

Overall rating: I would not recommend to a friend or colleague.

Hey Fresh Milk Tea
520-522 Anzac Parade, Kingsford NSW 2032