I was eager to try other items on the menu at Gong Cha following on from my positive first experience at Gong Cha with their Lychee Oolong Tea with Aloe. This time, it’s QQ Passionfruit Green Tea. QQ is a mixture of pearls and nata de coco, supposedly so called because Chinese people cannot pronounce ‘chewy chewy’.
Ordering at the Rhodes branch is a nightmare compared to the smooth process at Chatswood, with the girl behind the counter not only barely being able to speak English but having terrible trouble finding anything on their system. I’d ordered with less ice and normal sugar, only to receive less ice and no sugar. Troubles with ordering aside, this hiccup may have been a blessing in disguise as the reduced sweetness brought out the tangy sourness of the passionfruit pulp and flavour along with the lychee jelly and the pearls adding delicious pops of chewiness. As with most teas from Asian tea outlets — the Lychee Oolong Tea with Aloe being the exception so far — the flavour of green tea did not come through behind the passionfruit flavouring. If we forget that we’re ordering a tea, the drink itself is very enjoyable and I would order it again with no sugar.
QQ Passionfruit Green Tea appeared on Gong Cha menus in Sydney, Australia during June 2017.