I have made finding the best franchises in Korea my mission. And I’ve got to say, Palgong Tea is the perfect place to go for a cheap, refreshing cup of bubble tea! Palgong Tea’s locations can be found nationwide and they offer some of the most high-quality bubble tea out there at a very affordable price.
Palgog Tea is a relatively new brand but it has become successful extraordinarily quickly. Pangong Tea opened their first store in May of 2017. In the same year, they opened another twelve branches. Currently, they have more than 300 stores in South Korea and branches in Canada, the United States, and Australia.
Not only is Palong Tea a Korean franchise, but they also locally source their tea from plantations in Korea. The reasoning behind their name is that the perfect temperature to enjoy a cup of tea is at 80°C. Pal means eight, and gong is zero.
Bubble Tea, also known as Boba or Pearl Milk Tea, originated in Taiwan during the ’80s. Because of the taste, aesthetics, and possibilities, bubble tea quickly spread throughout the World, starting in Asia and reaching the United States in the ’90s.
The original version is a black milk tea with tapioca pearls at the bottom. But now, so many varieties exist that I honestly have trouble deciding which one to get. No wonder this drink got so popular.
With the bubble teas, you can personalize your drink, which I find to be really cool. So you choose the base, the amount of pearls and other toppings you want, and finally the amount of sugar and ice in your cup.
Like many other franchises, they got to keep it fresh. If you are lucky, you can still try to catch the winter menu in some places. Many of their winter drinks are strawberry-based. For spring, a lot of grain-based drinks seem to be on-trend.
As for other beverages, we can find coffees, juices, ades, smoothies, non-caffeinated drinks, and regular tea. So do not worry, Palgong Tea is not going to let you down, even if it is just for an americano.
In case you want something to eat, they also have sandwiches, croffles, cakes, and macarons.
In fact, right now they are having a “Macaron Festival” in which huge pastries are being sold. Their quality is great, so I definitely recommend picking one up to have with your bubble tea.
The Place and Price
Usually, the place is very chill, and although many people pass through there, I have never had trouble finding seats or a place to study.
But for me, the best thing about Palgong Tea is the price. A regular-sized drink can cost as little as 2,000 won.
While franchise hunting, I found that Palgong Tea is the best place for cheap bubble tea. Their bubble tea is delicious and customizable. For a quick, reliable drink or a place to study, Palgong Tea is the place to be!
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