Better with boba: Sweet treats for your QQ fix

Ever since the milk tea craze took off and cemented itself in our culture, boba or tapioca pearls have become a staple in this particular beverage. But these chewy bad boys don’t go exclusively with milk tea. Check out these boba-themed treats one can find in Cebu made by proudly local businesses:

Koala Tea (@koalateaph)

Milk tea-flavored soft serve topped with chewy pearls—it’s the beloved beverage but in ice cream form. With the sweltering temps lately, this seems like the perfect treat to cool down with on a hot summer day. Koala Tea has branches in Lahug, Escario and Mactan. Delivery is also available through food delivery apps.

The Neighborhood Cafe (@neighborhoodcafe_cebu)

The cafe updates its bestselling Japanese-inspired soufflé pancakes by topping them with sweet brown sugar pearls. Ridiculously soft and fluffy pancakes meet silky boba pearls, resulting in a fun combination of textures. One may pre-order by sending a direct message through its Instagram account. The Neighborhood Cafe is located on Fortich St. in Banawa, Cebu City.

Brick Lane Doughnuts

The popular doughnut shop adds two new seasonal flavors to its roster: Brown Sugar Milk Tea Ring Doughnuts and Boba Milk Tea Specialty Doughnuts. This trendy iteration of the classic fried confection has milk tea-flavored glaze and cream filling, as well as pearls. It’s all the things one loves in milk tea, put on a doughnut. Brick Lane Doughnuts is located at Axis Entertainment Avenue, N. Escario Street, Cebu City.

Sip Ma Chá Tea House @sipmacha

For those south-bound, how about a quick detour at this quaint cafe to try its Belgian waffles with boba? One can opt to have it with either whipped cream or cream cheese. If that’s not enough boba, pair the waffles with a cup of the cafe’s specialty milk teas. Sip Ma Chá Tea House is located in Grazianne Bldg., Stall 14, National Highway, Poblacion, Argao, Cebu.