The big annual Vegan Festival is just around the corner — but can you refrain from drinking milk tea for nine days?
Can you, and will you?
Coinciding with Thailand’s Tedsakarn Gin Jay, or Vegan Festival, a nine-day run of meat-free, non-dairy food consumption, a local bubble tea shop has released two new menu items to mark the occasion, making its usual offerings in vegan form so that people can still enjoy milk tea drinks despite the strict dietary restrictions of the festival.
Inspired by a common Thai dessert called khanom tako — AKA, Thai coconut pudding — Cha Bar is offering up a Double Taro Soy Milk with Riceberry Boba, and a Corn Soy Milk with Pandan Sago. Both are made from soy milk, and contain zero flavoring powders and preservatives. They are priced at THB95 a cup.
The Double Taro drink is made of soy milk blended with taro paste, and is made fresh daily. You can see taro chunks floating inside, as well as the shop’s popular homemade riceberry boba.
The other option, Corn Soy Milk, is packed with soy milk, corn puree, coconut milk and pandan-flavored sago, and topped with a smattering of grilled corn chunks.
The drinks are currently available now through Oct. 14 at the three branches of Cha Bar — Silom Road, Lido Connect and Central Ladprao shopping mall. Delivery is also available via Grab Food.
The Gin Jay vegan festival takes place across Thailand every year for nine days. Honoring the nine Taoist emperor gods, the festival has long been widely celebrated in Thai-Chinese communities nationwide. This year, it runs from Sept. 28 through Oct. 7.
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