For our first meal in Canada, my relatives took me to Well Tea in downtown Richmond, which is just around 10 minutes away. It’s been 7 years since my last visit so everything felt new to me. Well Tea specializes in Taiwanese cuisine and bubble tea, that’s how they refer to milk tea over there. My cousins told us they were popular for their hotpots and snacks like chicken nuggets (similar to chicken chops).
Irene got enamored with the House Special Stewed Pork ($8.45 or P350). This was just after our dinner at Crystal Jade Dining In so she was still having dreams about the dong bo pork there. she was a bit disappointed with this one, the marinate leaned too much on the sweet side. Her meal came with 3 side dishes of your choice.
We were afraid that Lauren wouldn’t like anything on the menu so we just got her a Butter with Condensed Milk Thick Toast ($3.5 or P145). A large fluffy toast with a generous amount of butter and condensed milk. Lauren was just a bit happy since she likes the crispy bun in Hong Kong better.
I was looking at their hotpot choices when I spotted an insert for their new menu items. My eyes were transfixed by the Milk Tea Hot Pot ($9.5 or P400). It was so unique I definitely had to order it. The hotpot orders at Well Tea can satiate two appetite and comes with its own burner to keep the soup nice and hot.
The soup came with lots of vegetables as well as thin slices of pork in a creamy base that I immediately recognized as basic milk tea.
Dig into the soup and you’ll find black pearls, which I found a bit weird. It adds a chewy texture to the whole endeavor though so I happily bit into them.
I skipped ordering bubble tea anymore since each cup was at least $4, way more expensive than what I can get here.
Well Tea got quite full as we were finishing up, with many families and groups of young people, free Wi-Fi as well as the generous servings of their dishes were the main reasons.