Super Duck Modern Tea
2/F SM Cyber West Bldg., EDSA cor. West Ave., West, Quezon City, Metro Manila
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Food blogging has brought us to come across Super Duck Modern Tea 超級達可時尚茶飲. This tea shop is famous from where it came from (Lukang, Taiwan) and has expanded here in Manila. In spite of the huge variety and amount of tea shops here, what makes Super Duck so special?
Known as the Lukang King in Lukang, Taiwan, which sells about 4000 cups in a day, Super Duck has made its way to expand in the Philippines and is also available for franchise.
Super Duck caters to everyone. From kids to adults, they have a wide variety of drinks and snacks to choose from. Compared to other shops who use syrup, they are the only tea shop who use cane sugar for their drinks. (Corn syrup has high glycemic index and tends to be carcinogenic if taken daily. Cane sugar can be taken everyday and has less glycemic index). Sugar levels are offered from 25% to 150%. They also have options which are safe for pregnant women.
Their drinks can be served hot or cold. Traditional tea is best served while it is hot, but due to our country's climate, most Filipinos prefer to take cold tea.
They serve 100% natural and authentic Taiwanese Tea. We were given the chance to try their plain warm tea and my favorite was the Jasmine Green Tea. If you are looking for a strong taste, the oolong tea is recommended.
They use fresh fruits in their drinks. Aside from tea, the shop also serves a variety of fruit drinks: Perfect Juices, Fruit Tea (fruit + tea), Smoothies, and Fruity Milk Tea. Definitely healthy because they do not use fruit concentrates or syrup for their drinks.
They serve their drinks in 750 mL cups. With prices not far from other tea shops, they serve the largest amount of drinks (750cc). Their cups are also reusable and microwaveable.
You can customize your own drink. Choose whether you want it hot or cold, then simply choose your tea base, sinkers and sweetness level. With many options to choose from, you can come up with more than a hundred recipes! The staff can also help you out. Just let them know what kind of drink you want. My personal fave from the combinations: oolong milk tea with pudding.
Even the sinkers are healthful. In the above photo is the passion fruit with perilla seeds. Perilla seeds help aid in digestion. Studies show that perilla seeds are also good sources of Omega-3 and Alpha Linoleic Acid (ALA), ahead of chia and flaxseed.
My fave sinker from Super Duck: grass jelly. Known as Chao Kuai in Taiwan, grass jelly is low in calorie and is believed to relieve heart burns, indigestion, and prevent diabetes mellitus, heart disease, and stroke.
Nai-Kai Series. From the word Nai meaning milk, and Kai meaning cover, comes Nai-Kai which means "to cover with milk." The Nai-Kai series is their own version of rock salt and cheese. The Nai-Kai Series uses Pink Himalayan Salt which is far healthier than the usual table/sea salt.
Unique Blends. Yes, this tea shop also serves alcoholic drinks. The blends are surprisingly great!
Let's move on with their meals and quackers: Everything is vegan! :)
Linguine Carbonara. Linguine noodles in creamy carbonara sauce with veggie ham, mushrooms, and cheese. An order is served in generous amount, with generous cheese (I love cheese on my pasta!). Tastes like your usual carbonara; Their veggie ham tastes like real ham, though. Amazing!
Cheesy Pesto Calamari. Linguine noodles covered in cheesy, pesto sauce topped with vegetarian calamares. Also served in generous amount, the taste of the pesto is just the right blend. Not bland, not too strong. Their vegetarian calamares were soft and very close to the taste of the real calamares. It was my first time to try such and I was amazed.
Quackers. These are the "finger foods" or to-go snacks of Super Duck. Everything is vegetarian and I am amazed that they do not taste like the usual veggie meat that we have here. Also Halal, this means that our Muslim friends are allowed to eat it. I never enjoyed veggie meat because of its taste, but these quackers made me fall for vegan dishes!
The quackers also have a variety of dips to choose from: Salt & Pepper, Plum & Pepper, Spicy & Pepper, Basil & Pepper, Garlic & Pepper.
Full/Detailed review on my blog site.
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The main criteria for me when going into boba places are the ability to customize drinks and the quality of the boba itself. The structure of creating the drink is great. From selecting the tea base, whether it's assam milk tea or green tea, to the flavor, and to selecting the add-ons with boba or jellies, the method to making the drink is solid.
Now the question is to both the consumer and the drink maker, can you make the drink properly? On a recent visit, my friends and I tried several of their best-selling tea drinks and Super Duck delivered on all fronts. They have a pretty good variety, with milk tea, lattes, regular tea, smoothies, etc.
Out of all the drinks we've tried, my favorites would have to be the Kiwi Yakult (from their Natura Series), Double QQ Milk Tea with Boba, Rose Flower Lemon Tea with Jelly, and the Black Tea Nai Kai with Cheese and Himalayan Pink Salt.
The Rose Flower Lemon Tea was good and mellow. The hint of Lemon was a good flavor in this drink. The Black Tea Nai Kai Tea was moderately strong which I liked a lot and the cheese and pink salt components definitely elevated the drink to a whole new level.
Also, I loved that those tapioca pearls were perfectly cooked. Just the right amount of soft chew, give and resistance, and kept its consistency throughout the lifetime of the drink. Even tastes like they were made with molasses!
Super Duck also offers delicious yet affordable nibbles or appetizers that can be eaten while drinking teas. These include vegetarian oysters, calamari, and cheese dog (Yeah, vegetarian Cheese dog!), Tofu Bites, Fried Oyster Mushrooms, Fries, and Potato Wedges. These tasty snacks will have your taste buds cheering for more.
Super Duck Modern Tea Shop's menu is pretty simple and yet they have really fresh, good tasting drinks and treats. It's a nice spot to just hang out or even do some work/study (WiFi is free). I'd definitely recommend that you stop by this place if you're in the area.
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