Did you know that bubble tea was invented back in the 1980s? The hype was only built up in the late 1990s to 2000s and it has gone so popular! Bubble tea was founded by a Taiwanese man named Liu Han Chie while he was experimenting with cold milk tea by adding fruits, syrup and tapioca bubbles. Yup, those chewy black balls at the bottom of your bubble tea, the bubble to your bubble tea, are made of tapioca, in case you never knew.
It has then become one of the most popular drinks ever since and is still a favorite for most people. In case you need a sip of a good milky bubble tea, here’s a list of places you can get bubble teas from.
Tealive or Tealive? Did you read that in two different pronunciation? According to Tealive, you can read them either way- “Tea-liv” or “Tea-lahyv”.
What used to be Chatime, Tealive is a new branding of Malaysia’s Chatime because of a battle between the original Taiwanese franchiser and Malaysian franchiser.
Yoyo is no stranger to local Sabahans. Not only do they sell bubble teas, but they also sell pastries and home-made bread. Famous for their croissants as well!
3. Gong Cha
Another Taiwan originated chain bubble tea brand that is growing fast around Malaysia. We’re lucky enough to have one in KK!
4. Gen Z
This relatively new bubble tea place is brought to you by the founders of Shulamite Cafe and Loca Food Truck! Venturing into an entirely different food, Gen Z makes beautiful and colorful bubble teas that are Instagram-worthy!
Looking for a place to yum-cha with your friends? Get over to Lucky Bean for some bubble teas and eggettes as well.
6) Easy Way
Never heard of this place before? Well, guess what, they do have bubble teas! The only Easy Way left in KK is the one in Karamunsing.
Regiustea is originally from Hong Kong and has expanded to Malaysia and KK has its first outlet at Plaza 333. What’s different about their bubble teas? If you like cheese, then you’re in luck! Their bubble teas come in cheese base as well!
9) III Cheese
KK bubble tea scene is growing rapidly and constantly. Another new bubble tea store is up and running and you guessed it, judging by the name, expect lots of cheese in your bubble tea.
This Japanese-inspired bubble tea is different than your usual Taiwanese bubble tea. If you love green tea/ matcha, go for Ochado!
11) Cool City
As cool as its name is, Cool City offers a variety of bubble teas. Their bubble teas are more of fruity teas than milky based teas. Very refreshing!
We cannot keep up with all these new bubble tea stores! Ayoi is also another relatively new place to get your fix of bubble tea. If you love lots of pearls in your bubble tea, Ayoi is super generous with their pearls!
We’re pretty sure that the bubble tea phase will continue to expand and more bubble tea shops will pop up in the near future. So save this article as we will keep updating the list! You’ll never know when your strong bubble tea craving will kick in, and this list will come in handy!
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🇹🇭 Originally founded in Thailand by The 3rd Brother in 1945, @chatramue_kk_sabah has a really rich background history in tea industry throughout the years! 🥤 After opening their first store in Sarawak, they have finally arrived in Sabah! 😍Opening their first store at @suriasabahofficial , we can get a taste of their Original Thai Tea and Soft Serve at a reasonable price! And just yesterday, Chatramue had their soft opening (19.12.18) of their 2nd outlet at @imagoshoppingmall ! Offering a variety of flavors, Chatramue is a place you definitely want to drop by the next time you visit Suria Sabah & Imago Mall ❤️ #seatsmy #chatramue #ads . . 🥤 @chatramue_kk_sabah 🥤 @suriasabahofficial , Kiosk-K3, Third Floor (1st Outlet) 🥤10AM-9.30PM Daily 🥤010-226 1723 🥤Google Map 👉🏼 https://goo.gl/maps/2wgyqiB9X982 . 🍦 @imagoshoppingmall , SPK 1-03, First Floor, KK Times Square Phase 2, off Coastal Highway (2nd Outlet) 🍦 10AM-10PM Daily 🍦 Google Map 👉🏼 https://goo.gl/maps/tYiYiHaRyYK2 🙅🏻♂️Serve no pork🙅🏻♀️ . . . Together we conquer yummy FOOD in SABAH ❤️ check out our Facebook for more exciting photos! . . ☃️CONGRATULATIONS TO: @seeeemun @chuifen92 @briellepyt @yazminrashid @stewardjohn for WINNING Seats Christmas Guess & Win (Day 19 & 20) event ! 🎄👏🏼 Kindly PM us your details, thank you! ❤️ . Ps: Don’t be sad, our Christmas event runs for entire DECEMBER 2018! Be ready for later, 10th F&B outlet! Or join our Facebook page to stand a chance to Win . . #staytuned #eatfamous #foodstagram #eats #goodeats #foodie #yum #foodphotography #buzzfeedfood #feedfeed #instafood #food #foodlove #foodies #foodpics #foodlover #foodforthought #recipe #igfood #instafood #Kotakinabalu #sabah #sabahfood #thailandtea #softserve #icecream #suriasabah #chatramue
13) Cha Tra Mue
The Original Thai Tea since 1945. I guess we can safely call this the pioneer of Thai Tea! As it is obviously founded in Thailand, Cha Tra Mue has been serving quality Thai tea and even soft serve ice creams in a variety of flavors! If you’re walking around Suria Sabah or Imago Shopping Mall and a crave of Thai Tea or soft serve hits you, wait no more and grab a drink for yourself.
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🐻Macao Imperial Tea is finally here! 🎉 They have over 400 branches in Macau, Vietnam, Canada, Philippines, Singapore, China and even in the United States. They serve high quality teas, coffees using premium ingredients. Enjoy a Buy 1 Free 1 promotion of cheese series drinks only for TODAY (18.12.18) at T1 Bundusan & @imagoshoppingmall ! Hurry up before they end!❤️ #seatsmy #macaoimperialtea #ads . . . 🐻 @macaoimperialtea.sabah . ♥️ T1 Bundusan, KK ♥️ 10am-10:30pm . 🐻@macaoimperialteaimago ♥️ @imagoshoppingmall . ♥️ Sun – Thurs : 11am to 11pm ♥️ Fri & Sat : 11am – 12am 🙅🏻♂️ Serve no pork 🙅🏻♀️ . Together we conquer yummy drinks in Sabah 😍 check out our Facebook page for their menu! . . #eatfamous #foodstagram #eats #goodeats #foodie #yum #foodphotography #buzzfeedfood #feedfeed #instafood #food #foodlove #foodies #foodpics #foodlover #foodforthought #recipe #igfood #instafood #Kotakinabalu #sabah #sabahfood #milktea #bubbletea #macao #beverages #bear #cute
14) Macao Imperial Tea
Macao Imperial Tea has over 400 outlets all over the world which include countries like Vietnam, Macau, Philippines, Singapore, China and even in the United States! It is definitely expanding even more and has finally landed in Kota Kinabalu. Opening two branches at once, T1 Bundusan and Imago Shopping Mall, you can get your bubble tea fix as well as coffee on the go!
Another Taiwan originated bubble tea chain store has alighted in Kota Kinabalu and it is called Sharetea! Established since 1992, it has expanded and grown to 14 countries around the world! Sharetea also has the now very trendy “tiger bubble tea” which is made of brown sugar. This creates a stripy faded color like a tiger’s stripes, hence the name. It’s located along Lintas Platinum Hotel, or if you’re more familiar with Boulevard Hypermarket, it’s just around the corner.
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“Every cup of drink is a SIGNATURE product” is IDRINK’s slogan, and INDEED EVERY CUP we tasted really brings quality and significant taste to us! If you know about Idrink, they’re awarded top 10 in China & the FIRST outlet in Malaysia is in SABAH already! Quality will always be their priority so please don’t be upset when some items are “Sold out” because they insist on using ORIGINAL products imported. Their wide selections of drinks leaves us astounded and we couldn’t decide which is the BEST! You've gotta try ‘em yourselves & tell us which is your favourite 🥰♥️ ps: Want to get these Signature drinks for FREE? Or even better to get a FREE limited edition SIGNATURE MUG? Check out our very own animated Lion Dance poster to see how NOW 😉 #seatsmy #idrinksabah . . FREE IDRINK selections from #HUATAHSEATSMY event (refer 2nd photo):: 1)BOBO Cranberry Black Tea BOBO 蔓越莓 2) Grapefruit Lime 韩柚青柠 3) Assam Tea Macchiato 阿萨姆玛奇多 4) Honey Pamelo Green Tea 蜜柚绿茶 5) Cranberry Milkshake 蔓越莓欧蕾 . 🍹 @idrink_t1_sabah . 🍓 T1 Bundusan, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah ⏰ 11am-11pm DAILY 🙅🏻♀️ Serve No Pork🙅🏻♂️ . Together we conquer yummy DRINKS in SABAH ♥️ check out our Facebook page @seats.my for more photos! . #eatfamous #foodstagram #eats #goodeats #foodie #yum #foodphotography #buzzfeedfood #feedfeed #instafood #food #foodlove #foodies #foodpics #foodlover #foodforthought #recipe #igfood #instafood #Kotakinabalu #sabah #sabahfood #bubbletea #sakurapearl #pearl #milktea
If you like your drinks fruity and refreshing, then you’d like the teas from Idrink. Located at T1 Bundusan, this cozy little space is your go-to spot for quiet time while indulging your delicious tea.
17) Tea Aroi
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Yup, ANOTHER bubble tea has arrived! Try this new Thai milk tea in Town! Rich in tea flavour accompanied by sweetened condense milk with lots of ice & good news for bubble tea lovers! You can now add pearls into your favourite Thai milk tea! I do think it’s worth my money trying it out! & just want a small drink? No worries, they are so considerate to have a mini size at your choice! And stay tuned for hot drinks coming in the future 🍵#seatsmy #teaaroi . . . 🥤 @teaaroi_official . 🥤Karamunsing, Basement. 🙅🏼 Serve no pork 🙅🏽♂ . . #vonXplore #eatfamous #foodstagram #eats #goodeats #foodie #yum #foodphotography #buzzfeedfood #feedfeed #instafood #food #foodlove #foodies #foodpics #foodlover #foodforthought #recipe #igfood #instafood #Kotakinabalu #sabah #sabahfood
Another Thai milk tea has arrived! For those who have a sweet tooth but feeling guilty for indulging too much of bubble teas, great news, they have a mini-sized option for you! That way you get to have your daily dose of bubble tea without feeling too guilty. Located in Kompleks Karamunsing!
18) Yunique Tea
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♥️ Attention foodies! A NEW bubble tea shop is going to have a GRAND OPENING this Valentine's Day! Presenting… @the_yunique_tea_kk ! 🎉 Their signature icon the Nordic Bear Head. Their specialties are collecting five kinds of secret raw materials from the Nordic inspirational mountains and waters, blending exotic customs with local raw materials, and sinking a cup of good tea for us foodies 😀 #seatsmy #yuniquetea . Catch their Grand Opening promo: 🐻 Buy 2 FREE 1 at [2pm-4pm] & [6pm-8pm] ONLY on 14.02.2019 ♥️ & Catch their Lion 🦁 & Dragon 🐉 Dance perfromance at 1pm same day! . 🐻 @the_yunique_tea_kk . 📍 Plaza333, Kota Kinabalu (next to @jacknifebargrill ) ⏰ 10am-11pm Daily 🙅🏻♀️ Serve no pork 🙅🏻♂️ . Together we conquer yummy Bubble Teas in SABAH ♥️ check out our Facebook for their more photos 😋 . #eatfamous #foodstagram #eats #goodeats #foodie #yum #foodphotography #buzzfeedfood #feedfeed #instafood #food #foodlove #foodies #foodpics #foodlover #foodforthought #recipe #igfood #instafood #Kotakinabalu #sabah #sabahfood #bubbletea #milktea #brownsugar #brownsugarmilktea #lemon #tea #theyuniquetea
Plaza 333 is really booming with lots of F&B outlets and the newest addition is another bubble tea shop! Yunique Tea also serves brown sugar milk tea! If you’re feeling guilty for having one too many bubble tea, Yunique tea uses high-quality raw material that is easy to metabolize, so you can indulge guilt-free bubble tea without worrying about getting “fat”!