Boba — the umbrella term for bubble tea beverages — has been around for ages, but the recent so-called renaissance in the last few years gave birth to more variations of the drink, such as cheese tea and brown sugar boba milk.
The boba craze has hit many cities in Southeast Asia, including Jakarta, and it seems like there are no signs of it bubbling down. Whenever you go to a mall in the city these days, there’s a high chance of a new boba place opening there — or better yet, another boba festival.
If you’re still looking for more boba brands to try, then fret not, as Pekan Boba (Boba Week) will be held in South Jakarta’s Kota Kasablanka mall from October 8-13.
There will be 24 participating brands at the festival, consisting of homegrown chains such as Diagon Alley, Fat Straw, Gulu-Gulu, Kokumi, Tiger Hill, and recent favorite brand Shushu. There will also be Thai chain Kamu Tea, es kopi chain Kopi Guyu, established players Hong Tang, Quickly, and SumoBoo, as well as an exclusive appearance by Taiwanese boba brand Raion, which hasn’t opened any outlets in Jakarta.
Non-boba brands such as Bali’s artisan gelato brand Gaya Gelato, soft-serve ice cream purveyor Manatea, and all-day breakfast-slash-dessert spot Benedict will also set up booths at the event.
Due to the hype of these tapioca pearls drinks, we expect there will be long lines at every booth.
Details on the participating boba brands can be found below:
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