Craft milk tea. This is what you get when you cross a city that loves milk tea with that city’s world renowned bartending masters. Kero, one of the owners of FU Milk Tea, describes his milk tea bar as an effort to apply all of the expertise they have perfected from making high quality craft cocktails in bars at night time into afternoon pleasures that are uniquely Taiwanese – specifically, milk tea. What you end up with is a short menu of about 5-6 beverages, all uniquely prepared and paired with a light snack. Interestingly enough, the experience you get inside FU Milk Tea is as much like drinking a craft cocktail because of the service style they use. The flavours line up well: you’re getting unique tastes that you don’t usually get from a normal milk tea. More than anything else, those beverages serve as great conversation pieces with the people you’re sharing the bar with, whether its a stranger or a friend you brought with you.
It’s a new idea, but it makes sense in a global scene where we’ve already embraced craft cocktails, craft beer, craft coffee, and even craft juices. And what better place to explore this concept than in Taipei, which can be considered ground zero for the global milk tea movement.
A speakeasy for milk tea. A beautiful idea in a beautifully hidden spot. It’s all the magic and charm of a prohibition style bar, sans the alcohol. Only days after we visited this hidden afternoon spot, they unfortunately had to shutter their doors. Thankfully, their Instagram shows that FU Milk Tea is prepping a brand new location. We cannot wait to see the new spot.
FU Milk Tea is located in Taipei, get a reservation and precise location via their Facebook page.
UPDATE: FU Milk Tea has moved to a new location! A speak easy craft tea bar in Taipei, FU has creatively brought the milk tea experience into a whole new level. Even the process by which they present you drink options is exciting. You are given a map showing different countries where each of their drinks are based on. Then, there are little glass vials containing different types of teas which you are supposed to match to its region of origin based on the scent. It’s just a fun activity to break the ice and jumpstart the experience. But once you’re done, the bartender tells you more information about the teas so you can choose which one you’d like to try.
On this second visit, we tried “India,” a fragrant milk tea, served only hot, in a wooden cup with a biscuit on the side and a little carpet accent. They even light up a spice right next to it to for a dramatic presentation. The beverage integrates a combination of cardamom and cloves which are both traditional Indian spices. Surprisingly, it creates a flavor very similar to hot cocoa even though they did not add any chocolate to it at all. They say that milk teas in India are meant for inner healing. This one definitely warms the heart as soon as it is presented to you, especially because of its visual appeal, the tactile nature of the biscuit pairing, and its lingering aroma preparing you for the first sip. Who knew that milk tea could be such a multi-sensory experience! It is delightful to the taste and a uniquely comforting drink for a cold, drizzly day in Taipei.
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