Oh My Tea
111 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) It’s a great time to be a milk-tea fan. Aside from your favorite chains, many new players are joining the fray. Most of these chains focus on Taiwanese milk tea—after all, the island-country is considered the birthplace of the drink. But there are many different kinds of milk teas, and the newest kid on the block, Oh My Tea on Maginhawa Street, offers not just Taiwanese milk tea but also its Thai counterpart.
This is no surprise as owner Ryan Honoras got the idea for his own shop during a visit to the Land of Smiles. ”We met a friend who has a milk-tea shop in Thailand,” recounts Honoras. “I wanted to bring them here but he told me marami pang kailangang ayusin. So he said, ‘Why don’t you just use my recipe?’ He even suggested the name ‘Oh My Tea.’”
Honoras may have started with Thai milk tea, but he soon added Taiwanese milk tea to his arsenal by taking classes. “My partner and I attended a crash course in bubble-tea making in Taiwan,” he shares. “Soon we’ll come up with brown-sugar pearls and syrups as well.”
But for now, the tiny milk-tea shop has a pretty loaded menu. Honoras shares that the biggest difference between Thai and Taiwanese milk tea comes in the type of tea leaves used. “Thai people don’t really use black tea that much in their milk tea,” explains Honoras. “So we use red or green tea. In Taiwan, on the other hand, [black tea] is their specialty.”
If you’re used to Japan’s matcha, Oh My Tea’s Thai Matcha (P95) may seem a little too mellow for you. But the subtle earthy flavor is still present and, when combined with the creamy syrup (“It’s our secret recipe,” says Honoras) makes for a refreshing drink. The Thai Red Milktea (P95) has the distinct milky sweetness of Thai milk tea, but it’s never overpowering. Each drink comes with free sinkers, and the tender, chewy pearls make a great complement.
Oh My Tea’s Taiwanese milk tea is not to be missed, either. Their signature OMT Milk Tea (P90) is extra creamy but never gets too sweet even at 100% sweetness (you can adjust the sweetness level) so you still get the full-bodied flavor of black tea. Pearls work great with this, too, but the grass jelly adds a different texture and bite.
But what’s sure to be a runaway favorite is Oh My Tea’s Sweet Caramel Cream series (P140). Each drink has alternating layers of cream, tea, and more cream at the top, which is then finished off with caramel drizzle and a dusting of cinnamon powder. Honoras recommends drinking this without the straw (though we say you do away with straws altogether, unless you’re using a metal one), so you can fully appreciate the contrast between rich cream and refreshing tea, with the caramel and cinnamon providing a touch of toasty sweetness.
Milk-tea places may not be something new, especially on Maginhawa Street, but Oh My Tea’s good mix of Thai and Taiwanese milk tea, plus fruit teas, they’re out to prove that they’ve got something novel to offer and for you to come back for. Plus, they’re open until 11 p.m., because we know those cravings can hit at any time. Maybe we’ve found your new late-night hangout.
Photos by Jericho San Miguel