I opted for a pearl-free taro milk tea. This drink reminds me of Quickly’s, back when bubble teas were so new in the Philippines. The first thing I noticed in Share Tea’s is its fresh and delectable fragrance. Second, its milky appearance, yet wee bits of taro can’t be missed. Isn’t the color pretty? Lastly and most importantly, the merging of milk and taro is delicate, but not watered down — sets off the tea flavor beautifully.
On a different note, I love taro for its versatility. It’s known as gabi in the Philippines. I love it with chili in laing. Together with a piece of large crab, it’s the secret to a luxurious shabu-shabu (hotpot), mnnn, yum! I like it as a savory appetizer or an exotic dessert. Milled, then rolled into fried puffs, and sprinkled with sugar, yay, love! I have a deep hankering for this sweetened taro-jujube-lotus seed paste that I tried in Hong Kong once. I never encountered the heavenly sweet dish again.
Enjoy the week ahead everyone! Hope President Aquino’s 3rd SONA (state of the nation address) won’t be made of promises. I still have to experience real change that will benefit the entire Philippines. Like the sweetened taro-jujube-lotus seed paste of my dreams, the quest for social justice is elusive. I hope in my lifetime…. Gosh! I hate the mood rainy days bring.
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