Hello everyone, it’s been a while since my last post. Moving houses really takes over your life in more ways than one, but when the whole family gets involved with the packing it can be quite fun. We ended up sitting amidst packing material and looking at old picture albums we packed up ages ago, and little trinkets we kept from the early days of our marriage. How we laughed when we told our daughter about the escapades from our college days, our travels together, and stories of our loved ones’ adventures as we carefully packed their shotglasses brought from different parts of the world.
It’s memories that make a home. No matter where you move, you can take them with you. I believe that having a warm welcoming space to call home is very important and helps each of us to be our best selves. I plan to enjoy every moment from my new abode in the neighborhood of Thonglor. Now that we are no longer wading through a maze of cartons at our new place, I can feel the vibe of our home coming together as I sit with a nice hot cup of chai in the balcony.
Living in the Japanese area of Bangkok is so interesting. The little lanes of Thonglor are full of Izakayas and Ramen joints, karaoke parlours and snack bars that open only in the evenings and beautifully designed tea shops.
Yes, they do love their tea here. Almost as much as we Indians love chai. Matcha and hojicha, boba and blooming tea, Thai tea, artisanal and fruit infusions. The variety of flavours and presentations are amazing!
I’ve put together a list of the most fantastic experiences we’ve had with Tea in Bangkok. So for all you fellow tea/chai lovers, these are my recommendations.
Cheevit Cheeva :
“This doesn’t look like tea!” I bet you’re thinking. But just trust me and read on. This new Bingsu dessert cafe is fast becoming my husband’s sole reason to live in Bangkok. Just kidding, his main reason to continue living in Bangkok is to taste every single Japanese katsu curry he lays eyes on. So this must be really special, right? Absolutely! Their Earl Grey Tea Bingsu titled ‘Feel no grey’ is a feast for the eyes and equally delicious. We also loved their mixed berries bingsu and caramel pudding bingsu. Located in Siam Square and Mega Bangna.
Whoever thought of the idea of chai as dessert is a genius I say.
The Blooming Gallery :
I didnt know this little soi existed until we came across it while looking for stickers. This secret garden themed tea house is in a narrow little corridor next to Lido and opposide Siam Discovery mall. They have a variety of hot and cold fruit teas and sodas, bubble tea, soft cheesecakes and pastas as well. You could just sit here and spend an afternoon chatting with your girls in this cosy nook. The decor is wonderful and totally instagram worthy.
Fire Tiger by Seoulcial Club :
We were drawn to it like moths to the boba flame as soon as they opened their doors. Maybe it was the giant gold tiger head you have to reach into to take your drink. It’s cool, its delicious and their signature “The Crown” will leave you with crackling textures, sweet jelly, coffee boba and creamy milk flavours in your mouth all at once. They are located at CentralWorld, Siam Center and Mega Bangna.
Cha Bar :
We love Boba, but are also aware that it’s full of sugar and cream most of the time. So my eyes glazed over with happiness when I saw the “Healthy Riceberry Boba” board outside this little joint. Their signature boba milk tea was very different from Kamu and ChaTraMue as it wasn’t very sweet and the boba was more chewy. I had a large one.. guilt free!
THE most decadent and deliciously creamy milk tea that will ever grace your lips. Its caramelised brown sugar sweet sticky boba blends so well with the cream mousse and fresh milk tea. You will see stars.. in a good way. You’re meant to vigorously shake it up before you have the first sip. Totally worth travelling to Chitlom for this treat. Located at The Market mall and Siam Centerpoint.
This tea cafe is famous for their multicoloured and many flavoured boba. I find their drinks a little too sweet but they have a huge menu and many combinations of flavours to try so you may just find something you love. Judging by the serpentine queues outside, college kids really love this place.
Have you ever tried Espresso Thai tea? I love Thai tea and coffee separately but never thought to mix the two. Till we tried it at Moola one day and kept going back for more. Packed with flavour and a good kick of coffee, its a good wake up drink. You must check out this cute little breakfast cafe with a loft and cosy atmosphere in Ekkamai.
Cha Tra Mue :
Best Thai tea in the world. I’ve not been all over the world but I still know this. When I was away from Bangkok for a month, this is what I was craving the entire time. The taste of ChaTraMue iced Cha Thai Latte with emerald pearls. When you look around the city, you’ll see almost everyone has a glass of something they’re sipping on in this heat. Most of them will be Thai tea from here. Simply put, if you want the simple joy of tasting real delicious Thai Tea, find one of the many ChaTraMue stalls.
Kamu is an old time favorite. They have plenty of kiosks nestled in almost every mall and BTS station. We love their signature Kamu milk tea with black pearls. Its cold, delicious, refreshing and cheap. Perfect when you need something cooling on the go. The Japanese matcha and hojicha teas are quite popular. But their newest offering is a ‘Chizu Brulee’ which is a sort of cream cheese ice chai that I quite liked too.
Old Town is a world away from the touristy Bangkok streets, but it’s worth going there to explore the quiet and charming lanes off Charoen Krung Road. Sitting in this little Chinese cafe and enjoying the cosy atmosphere and aromas. Till date it’s the best Earl Grey Chiffon cake we have had and their homemade Thai tea is the perfect compliment to it.
Well the search continues, as every week a new cafe or tea stall opens up around the corner. If you come across any new and interesting tea cafes or bubble teas do let me know. I would love to check them out and continue my affair with delicious tea.
As you know, no matter what..there’s always room for chai.