Oriental Tea House + Chatime
Oriental Tea House
Address: Gd 068/69 Melbourne Central Shopping Centre, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
Phone: 03 9066 0207
Foodie Partners: Kahlil
In continuation of our adventure from Manchester Press, Kahlil wanted to do some clothes shopping. So along I went with him to various shops. Strangely enough Kahlil bought the clothes, whilst I was more interested in feeding my geeky hunger – Magnation and other things geeky. Once all that shopping was done, we were pretty hungry, so we headed upstairs of Melbourne Central to Oriental Tea House (Elizabeth street entrance).
Oriental Tea House is a tea and dim sum franchise owned and operated by David Zhou. I’ve been inside quite a few of the franchises (chapel street, collins street), but haven’t exactly dined inside. So, was fairly interested in seeing what they had to offer.
Kahlil and I shared a pot of Iron Buddha Tea (鐵觀音), which is a strong green tea. I like how it’s served in see-through cups and tea-pot. Very elegant looking. Plus, the cups are designed in a way where it’s actually two layers, so no matter how hot the tea is, you can still hold onto the cup and sip it :) The tea is perfect to cut through the oils from the dim sums that we had, and also went well with the dessert we had later on.
As we had brunch at Manchester Press earlier during the day, we weren’t super hungry so we shared the Big Dumpling Lover Banquette, where it allows us to sample their different dim sums.
First off, we had the Peking Duck and Chilli dumpling. The dumplings did taste like peking duck, but unfortunately for us it wasn’t spicy enough (we both eat a lot of chilli). Other than that, it was quite good :)
Next up was the variety basket, which contains, chicken dumplings, roast duck and pork siu mai, and buck wheat vegetable dumpling.
Kahlil was kind enough to let me have the pink dumpling :D The skin was very delicate and was very subtle in flavour. Really nice with the dipping sauce.
Kahlil liked the roast duck dumpling so much that he ended up buying a bag of it to take home :) (Yes, you can buy frozen dumplings, and it comes with the steamer paper as well!).
I ended up buying a tea cup, peach melba tea and a wooden tea spoon :)
Next up was the seafood basket, which contains, Prawn, crystal prawn, chive and baby pea leaf dumplings.
Nothing particularly special, but was hot enough and the prawns were not over cooked.
For dessert, we ended up having the Steamed White Chocolate Dumplings. It’s made out of glutinous rice with melted white chocolate inside. Then it’s coated with sugar and peanuts! Was really good! Highly recommended.
Address: 259 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC
Foodie Partners: Kahlil
Poor Kahlil, he was probably super tired after all the shopping, but I pretty much dragged him to have chatime with me. I wasn’t all too surprised that he hasn’t had bubble tea before. Unless you have many Asian friends or you like to try new things, chances are bubble tea is something foreign.
I’ve been having bubble tea for as long as I can remember it arriving in Australia (Bubble tea originates from Taiwan).
By far, chatime is my favourite out of all bubble tea franchises, ever since trying there bubble tea when I went up to Sydney for a work conference.
The reason why I like Chatime is purely for the fact that there’s actual tea taste to it, whereas other bubble tea places, their taste are very artificial with little to no tea taste at all!
As Chatime was opening up a new store next to Vietnamese Noodle House, I dragged Kahlil over for their Buy 1 get 1 free offer. There was a huge line outside, but we stood in line for our bubble tea.
I think during our wait, Kahlil changed his mind 5+ times not knowing what flavour he wanted. In the end he chose the Lychee ice tea with bubbles.
I wanted to try out their chocolate and banana milk tea but they had sold out so I chose from their popular menu and ordered the Jasmine Green milk Tea with bubbles.
And what exactly are bubbles may you ask? Well bubbles aka pearls, are those black spheric objects at the bottom cup made out of tapioca starch. They are very chewy in texture and can only be sucked up with special long straws with holes big enough for the pearls to go through.
I actually enjoyed the jasmine green milk tea. It was very delicate and was not overly sweet. I used to be a big taro flavour fan, but have grown to like the original milk tea with herbal jelly.
According to Kahlil he found the lychee tea to be refreshing. I’m glad you like it Kah! :)