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Feb 20, 2010 08:24 PM

interesting Iced "Cream Tea" at 85C

Some background first. I first had this style of ice tea at a Goody Goody Cafe in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. It's kind of their specialty and I didn't find anyone else doing this style of tea when I lived in Taipei. I think of it as a deconstructed milk tea. On top of regular ice tea, they float a layer of thick cream. You could just mix it up, I suppose, but I think the fun is drinking it as it's served and taking a small bit of cream with every sip. For flavored versions, they flavor the thick cream instead of the tea.

Here's a picture of the original Goody Goody version in case my description isn't helpful:

I saw that 85C was offering 2 iced teas(jasmine and green) with the thick cream served in this style. They're not on the main menu, but there's an ad for them as specials on the counter. Part of the sea salt line along with their popular sea salt coffee, the salt flavor is infused into the heavy cream which floats on top. Salt in a cold drink is a bit weird for Westerners, but trust me it's good.

I've seen pictures on menus at other boba places here in the US that looked like they could be this style of tea, but they used a light cream that just dissipated into the tea quickly. The version at 85C was the first I've found that resembled the version I had in Kaohsiung.

Since all drinks are served in to-go cups at 85C, you don't get the visual impact like you would in a tall mug. But I'd recommend taking the lid off and drinking it without a straw to get the full impact. Also bring along a napkin because you'll end up with a cream mustache.

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  1. Hey, thanks for the heads up.

    I love the salted coffee you find in Taiwan.

    FYI. Indian (yes, the beer pub) was offering something like this a while back. Beer with a nice foamy layer of cream floating on top.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Indian did this way before The Golden State started their beer float.

      1. re: J.L.

        Yeah, but no ice cream at Indian. It actually makes it better, provides a cleaner base to savor the beer!

          1. re: J.L.

            Have you seen the owner lately? He looks more and more like that Indian mascot on the restaurant's sign.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              ipse, if you're going to make remarks about Uncle Yu, I'm going to have to ask you to step outside, sir! :-)

              Gotta love a place where the third time I came in a waitress said: "stinky tofu" and took off (I actually wanted something else too, and ordered it when she came back with the chou dofu).

    2. As of 2 to 3 years ago, a new tea chain cropped up in Taipei by the name of Feng Cha 奉茶 and their signature drink was called 霜乳奶茶 (Shang Yu Nai Tsa). Every time I go back, I try to get a cuppa, which is only NT$50 for a large (less than US$2). The thick cream top red tea was insanely addictive and only got better as the thick foamy cream dripped its way down to the tea. It strangely tastes like the high end Taiwanese milk which I suppose is a distant cousin taste wise to Hokkaido milk (cream that is).

      Here's one of way too many Taiwanese bloggers on the drink w/pix

      Though I never tried 85C's version (and wasn't sure if they have it) but I wish we had one of yours up in NorCal!

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      1. re: K K

        Thanks for the tip. I didn't find anything like it when I lived in Taipei 7 years or so ago, but I'll check out this new place next time I'm there. It's a great idea and leaves a lot of room for customization and innovation, so I'm sad that more places haven't picked up on it.