Yang Tea Shop opened up extremely close to my daily operation quarters, so it only seemed right to pay a visit after recuperating from moderate food poisoning. It has since replaced Ken Oh's cramped interior with a spacious waiting area and a total of six seats along the west perimeter of the establishment.
The latter was unavailable at the "early" hour of 12:15 PM; the preparation process involved a chilling procedure that yet to be completed. "After 1 PM" was the better bet, or so we were told.
For a somewhat chilly day, my partner-in-crime took to a hot Okinawa Milk Tea, refuting her usual mango tendencies. A sip of the beverage informed me of its sweet and utterly soothing characteristics. The inclusion of brown sugar was apparent, but not overwhelmingly so. Chunks of unblended milk powder remained, however.
My own Tea Latte - made with the standard organic 3% milk - had been requested at 30% sugar, which fell short of my desired sweetness level. The concoction was a tad bland, though otherwise enjoyable with its prominent tea aromas.
Disappointed - yet not disheartened - I opted for an iced Marble Boba Latte at 30% sugar. Having familiarized myself with the slickness of One Zo's Brown Sugar series, choosing the smallest size seemed the conservative choice.
Iced beverages were available in three sizes: Small (360 ml), Medium/Regular (500 ml), and Large (700 ml). Drinks that were served hot were limited to Medium and Large sizes only.
For the Marble Boba Latte, the small cup was more than enough in my opinion. Primarily comprised of milk, the drink did not bear any essence of tea; the included brown sugar tapioca had been a syrupy choice of topping, so a Small was sufficient without resulting in signs of satiation.
This was, by no means, an economic cup of bubble tea. At $5.80 before tax, I could have easily scored myself a Junior McChicken meal at good ol' McD's.
Following the recommended temperature and sweetness levels - those being Iced and 50% sugar -
a Medium Nitro Tea Latte was secured with glee. This transaction took place on the day immediately succeeding Halloween, when not only spooky decals had been removed from the premises, but the tea domes as well.
Steering clear of toppings, I was able to experience the depth and profile of the beverage without interruption. Each sip was delicious - smooth yet stimulating; subtly sweet yet refreshing. I wouldn't hesitate to repurchase this item, though did contemplate the reason behind odd twitches of stomach pain after its consumption.
Be aware that the entrance is slowed outward and paired with a ledge. Black tiling was chosen for this aspect - a design detail to be aware of (especially on rainy, slippery days).
After visiting Dragon City Centre, I chanced by a name that was somewhat beknownst to me: Yi Fang.