The other face of KOI cafe03 September, 2010 by Yan
As previously stated, KOI Cafe is an overseas branch of a hugely popular bubble tea franchise in Taiwan. But one will be disappointed if you try walking around asking locals for help locating KOI Cafe in Taiwan since they are under the name of 50嵐 (50 Lan).
Other than the name, are there any differences in the bubble tea? Luckily I got to taste their version of bubble tea when I was in Taiwan and I could just say that there is still that small difference, even though they derive from the same tree.
Obviously, 50嵐 has more variations of drinks offered than in Singapore, some of which (e.g. pudding bubble tea) I really hope that they carry over to Singapore.
There’s also an option of the size of pearls (tapioca balls in S, M or L size) to choose from when you order your drinks. Not applicable to the Singapore franchise though.
The third most prominent difference would be the extra burnt taste that was pretty evident in their bubble tea. From asking the Taiwanese locals, I learned that they too recognized that 50嵐 has a distinct taste which makes it different from all the other bubble tea franchises in Taiwan.
My verdict, either you love the burnt taste or you hate it.
Now that you know, there won’t be a mix up or any confusion in locating the shops for that KOI Cafe taste the next time you happen to visit Taiwan.
KOI Cafe does not actually own a website of its own. 50嵐’s website should be the one to check out if you want to find out more about their drinks.
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