So my blogger friend, Margaret, invited us to be food tasters for OpenRice PH. Yours truly, together with my boyfriend and college friends, confirmed for the Saturday schedule. We were assigned to rate and review this little Taiwanese tea shop along Scout Tobias, called "My SerendipiTea."
I did not hesitate to attend since you all know that I'm a milk tea connoisseur and I am up for the challenge of searching the best milk tea places here in the metro!
It actually surprised me that the venue is just small but cute! The event started at 10am, just right for breakfast. It was so nice of My SerendipiTea to prepare some delicatessen for us to munch on in between our drinks! Before the food tasting started, the beautiful owners, Angela and Iris, shared a little history about the humble beginnings of My SerendipiTea.
We have come to know that the ingredients they use were sourced directly from Taiwan. They once tried using local ingredients but they didn't give justice to the drinks. Their tea blends are freshly brewed daily and they do not use powdered ingredients, which makes My SerendipiTea’s drinks authentic to the taste.
So I’ll discuss how My SerendipiTea’s Top 11 drinks taste like!
1. SerendipiTea Milk Tea with Pearls and Pudding
Heavenly! The tea essence can still be tasted. It has the right amount of sweetness so you'll never get the nakaka-umay feeling while drinking this. The pearls were chewy and the pudding had the right texture. Angela and Iris said that this drink falls under the special tea category since you won't be able to find this blend in other tea shops.
2. Royal Milk Tea
Just the same as the SerendipiTea Milk Tea, but this one has a stronger blend. You can still recognize the essence of the tea in your taste-buds! This is what I really look for in a milk tea blend, the it's-not-all-milk-and-sugar-it's-still-the-taste-of-the-tea-that-counts!
3. Oreo Milk Tea
It was my first time to encounter a milk tea blend like this, so I can say that it's a must try! The Oreo bits blended nicely with the milk tea and it gave the drink a new twist. And it's nice that instead of chewing the usual pearls, nata de coco, or pudding, you can chew on soft Oreo bits instead!
4. Dark Chocolate Milk Tea with Peppermint
Though I am not a chocolate lover, I can say that this blend is divine because it's so refreshing! It has the right chocolatey blend, and the peppermint gave me the Christmas-like feeling while downing this drink. It was very obvious that this drink was a crowd favorite because most of the attendees ordered this right away!
5. Wintermelon Milk Tea
This was kind of saccharine for me so I suggest that you opt for a lesser sugar blend.
However, the coffee jelly sinkers made me appreciate this drink because it gave a cool taste transition, from sipping something sweet, to chewing something bittersweet! This is My SerendipiTea's second bestseller.
6. Taro Milk Tea
This is a full-bodied ube milk tea so it feels heavy on the mouth! The texture is kinda powdery due to the nature of ube, but the aroma is a winner. Very flavorful!
7. Dark Cocoa with Rock Salt and Cheese
This is their bestseller drink! The bittersweet cocoa taste complemented well with the salty cream essence. I repeat that I'm not a chocolate fan, but I was able to like this! Best drank without the straw, so you'll be able to gulp the dark cocoa, and lick the rock salt and cheese on your palate!
8. Zesty Lychee Fruit Tea
This drink is nectar to my lips.
It has a light blend, it's refreshing, and best served when ice-cold. The tea essence was very prominent! It reminded me of the lychee jellyace with nata de coco in its center!
9. Cranberry Fruit Tea
The cranberry taste overpowered the tea. And just like the Lychee Fruit Tea, this is best served when ice-cold! The blend was too strong but the cognac jellies neutralized the sourness.
10. Mango Yakult
This drink is like a plain mango juice with the sweety acidic taste of Yakult!
11. Caramel Macchiato with Coffee Jelly
It's nice to end our drink tasting session with a cup of cold coffee! This blend added a variety to My SerendipiTea's drink offerings. It has a mild blend and perfect for those who want to opt for a coffee that's not too strong. The coffee jelly added a kick and boldness to the drink!
After the drink tasting, we had a chance to order the drink of our choice for free. I ordered the drink that gave me the love-at-first-sip-feeling, the SerendipiTea Milk Tea with Pearls and Pudding!
My SerendipiTea's service was very pleasing. The staff were very courteous and polite to us. They can also answer questions easily regarding our milk tea-related questions. Even though they prepared 10 drinks after the drink tasting, they didn't make us wait too long. They were every accommodating too and made us feel at home during out stay.
So I give them an A+ for service! You guys really aim to please!
About the ambiance, the place was small but it had this cozy and warm feel. It would roughly fit more or less 15 people, I guess. I loved the comfy couches! If you're near the place, you can actually study here cause it's open until 2am. The place has a fast wifi connection so it's very convenient to stay here. The area was well ventilated too!
Thank you so much My SerendipiTea for having us this day! Everyone's so happy, we cried milk tea-rs of joy! Haha!
I wanna visit this place again if I'm near the Scout area. And guys, I'm suggesting that you give My SerendipiTea a try! You'll not regret your visit! For just Php65-110, you'll get a delicious cup of milk tea that will surely wake up your senses.
Date of Visit: 2012-07-14