You need to know your history… Or that was what I always heard from others.
Understanding the history allows me to appreciate the things more. Hence, I apply them on food culture.
Chun Shui Tang was founded as Yangmu Tea Shop (陽羨茶館) on May 20, 1983 by Han-chieh Liu (劉漢介) on Sihwei Ave in Taichung. Liu was fascinated by tea stores during the Song Dynasty and modeled his store’s decor accordingly, placing paintings and flowers and lighting incense. In the summer months, hot tea doesn’t sell as well, so Liu began experimenting with cold tea drinks using a cocktail shaker, which sold unexpectedly well. He was inspired to serve cold tea by a trip to Japan on which he saw coffee being served cold. The chain claims to have invented bubble milk tea in March 1987 when Hsiuhwei Lin (林秀慧) poured tapioca into a tea drink on a whim.
In 2013, Chun Shui Tang established their first store outside Taiwan in Daikanyama, an upscale shopping district in Tokyo, Japan. Since then, more stores have opened in Japan, causing a boom in bubble tea’s popularity in Japan. In 2018, Chun Shui Tang opened another store in Hong Kong‘s West Kowloon railway station.
Bubble tea or boba tea, used to be my favourite. I went to the first store of Chun Shui Tang in Taichung. I tried their hot bubble milk tea and fell in love with it. In my teens, I was so crazy about bubble tea that I did part time in bubble tea stores.
I wanted to understand how bubble tea were made. Thanks to one of the bubble tea owners, I learn more than just making bubble tea. He taught me about cost price, pricing and profits.
Anyway, back to Chun Shui Tang in Hong Kong. I was 9 months pregnant and went for my Chanel facial at Causeway Bay. I saw a familiar signboard and I was flabbergasted. It was still under renovation and only managed to try after I gave birth.
My recent encounter with Chun Shui Tang. Highly recommend the hot bubble milk tea.
Drop by during lunch time (12pm – 2.30pm) or dinner time for their special bento where they have pork cutlet.
Photo Credit: http://globallink.com.hk/
If you are interested, the official link to their menu.
Sometimes I do drink bubble tea. I would use my own cup that comes with a straw. The tapioca balls are smaller than the usual so I had no issue drinking them through the straw.
Give it a try. Hope you will like it. They have another brand called TP Tea. They mainly serve drinks. They are equally good.
Website: Chun Shui Tang Hong Kong
Address: Shop 317 -319, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Operating Hours: 12 00 – 21 00 (Sunday – Thursday), 11 00 – 21 30 (Friday, Saturday)
Phone: 3614 5725