Boba enthusiasts have a good time — a brand new bubble tea store has arrived in Evanston.
Tealicious Bubble held its grand commencing June 10, supplying a ramification of Taiwanese-stimulated bubble tea, smoothies and snacks made with fresh milk, cane sugar and homemade bubbles. The save is positioned at 1565 Sherman Ave, replacing the vacancy left by eating place Sushi Burrito.
Owner Jun Zhong and her husband Hung-Chih Ku, immigrants from China and Taiwan respectively, opened the circle of relatives commercial enterprise to satisfy Zhong’s lengthy-time vision of a health-focused bubble tea shop that stays proper to traditional Taiwanese flavors.
“This is my dream shop. I’ve usually desired to run a commercial enterprise like this, like a small secure bubble tea save or coffee save,” said Zhong. “Just deliver people some vicinity to hang around, for the families.”
Zhong grew up drinking traditional undeniable tea, and turned into first added to take advantage of tea at the same time as reading in Scotland more than twenty years in the past. Years later, bubble milk tea from Taiwan commenced to take the arena by way of hurricane. By then, Zhong changed into a determine and stated she became skeptical of the health results and meals protection of powdered milk, fructose and synthetic tapioca bubbles usually observed in liquids from famous chains.
A stay-at-home mom till currently, Zhong and her husband agreed a 12 months ago that the timing changed into proper and started out the process of journeying to Taiwan to take bubble tea training, finding a vicinity and running with producers. Zhong manages the imaginative and prescient and daily operation of the shop at the same time as Ku communicates with Taiwanese vendors.
Zhong said earlier than the hole, she turned into afraid Evanston residents would no longer enjoy her store because Americans are accustomed to espresso-based beverages. But she become amazed by using the network’s effective reaction and students’ preference for healthier bubble tea options.
“I’m genuinely glad once I see the customers smile and deliver me actually precise critiques on Yelp,” Zhong said. “All of the scholars who come frequently, that is my biggest praise,” she delivered in Mandarin.
In the fast-term, she hopes to grow to be the cross-to bubble tea destination in Evanston that makes a speciality of excellent. In the long-time period, she desires of expanding to extra locations.
Tealicious Bubble has been met with a normally nice response from Northwestern students.
“It tastes like domestic,” said Travis Liang (Weinberg ’19), a student who lived in Taiwan. “I suppose the tea tastes pretty similar, quite actual I’d say. A little opposition makes human beings step up the sport, and it’s a breath of clean air.”
Alice Wu (Communications ’19) said she thinks Tealicious Bubble is a “quality improve” from the bubble tea formerly to be had in Evanston. She introduced that the Evanston department of Kung Fu Tea, certainly one of the largest boba sellers in America, wanted competition.
“They had a monopoly on boba in Evanston,” Wu stated. “I truly respect that the pearls are hand-made… I’ve come like perhaps each different day.”