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Tea: The secret ingredient that makes dining more delicious--Eat Tea 120, Arctic Tea Foods Restaurant, Cha For Tea, Chun Shui Tang Teahouse (Yongfu branch)

By Niang Chen
Translated by Angel Pu

Eat Tea 120

Eat Tea 120

156, WuQuan W 4th St, West District
(04) 2378-0663
Hours: 10:30 am-10 pm (sometimes closed Mondays)
Wireless Internet available.
Chinese only.
Credit cards not accepted.
No service charge.

This vegetarian restaurant is all about natural ingredients and a friendly environment, and sometimes hosts arts and culture exhibitions. Opened by the second-generation owner of Nantou's famed Chamihsiang tea shop, Eat Tea 120's menu items, including drinks, desserts and main entrees, mostly contain tea.

A. This eatery's name means that eating healthy tea cuisine can help you live to 120 years old.

B. Tomato Noodles with Seasonal Vegetables (NT$160) contains oolong tea that enhances the tomatoes' sweetness. Dong Ding Oolong Tea Bean Curd (NT$40) is infused with oolong tea and is very appetizing. The Iced Mountain Oolong Tea is NT$80.

C. The Tea Oil King Trumpet Mushrooms Set (NT$250) contains Jin Shuan Oolong Tea-infused "three-cups" flavored king trumpet mushrooms. The noodles for the Tea Oil Chinese Vermicelli (NT$100 with soup) are made with ground oolong tea leaves, and go well with the vegetable broth, made of black tea and white turnips. The Handmade Earl Grey Tea Cakes are NT$65 for three.

Eat Tea 120 Eat Tea 120


Arctic Tea Foods Restaurant

Arctic Tea Foods Restaurant

55, HanKou Rd, Sec 5, Beitun District (corner of ReHe Rd and HanKou rds)
(04) 2235-5800
Hours: 11:30 am-10 pm
Credit cards not accepted.
No service charge.

The biggest draws at Arctic Tea Restaurant are the spicy, tea-flavored dishes. The very creative owner, Huang Feng-teng, innovates by combining tea and chili peppers, using the Catechin and Tannin in tea to emphasize the spiciness and enhance the sweetness of the peppers, resulting in this very unique spicy tea cuisine.

A. Arctic Tea is the first restaurant to offer spicy tea cuisine and tea-infused eggs without their shells.

B. The Spicy Tea Hotpot (NT$500-550) set includes one entree (beef, mutton or pork) and other side dishes such as pig blood jelly, tofu, bok choi, corn and dumplings. The hotpot stock contains chilis, oolong tea and green tea. The combination of tea and chili make this a refreshing, flavorful broth that goes well with all hotpot ingredients.

C. The spicy and savory Chinese Vermicelli (NT$35) is infused with appetizing tea and chili sauce. The marinated tamarind is so spicy that you can feel the spiciness moving from the inside of your cheeks to your throat and on to your stomach. Diners can decides how spicy they want their tamarind to be.

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Cha For Tea

Cha For Tea

120, HeNan Rd, Sec 3, B1, Xitun District (Tiger City mall); (04) 3606-8899
Hours: 11 am-10:30 pm
English/Chinese menu
Parking lot available.
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.

Cha For Tea is a chain restaurant that pioneered the use of tea as a cooking ingredients. Most of their refreshing, healthy dishes and even their sauces and drinks are made with oolong tea, Jing Shuan oolong and Biluochun green tea.

A. Cha For Tea is located on the B1 level of Tiger City shopping mall.

B. The strong, unique tea flavor of Pu-Erh Beef with Noodles (NT$190) complements the beef and green tea noodles. The Green Tea Shrimp Shu-Mai is NT$160.

C. The fish used in the Green Tea Sea Bass Set (NT$388) is cooked with Sanxia Biluochun green tea, flavorful miso and refreshing bamboo shoots. This set includes Pouchong Mushroom Tofu, a Green Tea Waxberry Vinegar Drink, soup, dessert and a pot of Spring Oolong Tea.

Cha For Tea Cha For Tea


Chun Shui Tang Teahouse (Yongfu branch)

Chun Shui Tang Teahouse (Yongfu branch)

141, YongFu Rd, Xitun District
(04) 2461-8651
Hours: 10:30 am-11 pm
English/Chinese menu
Take-out/delivery available.
Credit cards not accpeted.
No service charge.
Parking lot available.

Traditional, yet innovative, Chun Shui Tang is among the biggest restaurant chains to originate in Taichung, is widely-seen across the city, and is famed as the creator of the world-famous Pearl Milk Tea (bubble tea). Every branch offers various snacks made with tea, such Oolong Tea Bean Curd, Oolong Tea Pig Blood Cake, and Green Tea Cakes, although only the Yongfu branch offers hotpots containing tea.

A. The soup stock of the special Pearl Milk Tea Hotpot (NT$280-290) is made with stir-fried butter garlic, Assam black tea and milk. When it is served, a lychee black tea bag is added to enhance the tea flavors. You can enjoy it with vegetables and meat, just like a normal hotpot, but have the extra option of adding some sugary tapioca pearls to create an interesting taste. This promises to be one of the most special, unforgettable hotpots you have ever tried.

B. Very traditional, iconic Taiwanese dish Four Spirit Soup (pig intestines soup, NT$115) now has a twist with some added, refreshing Longjing Tea. Also pictured are the Green Tea Pumpkin Seed Cake (NT$85) and Tieguanyin Oolong Tea Cake (NT$60).

C. Chun Shui Tang is considered a top choice for Pearl Milk Tea (NT$60/120), as its conconctions are extra smooth, tasty and rich. Both Red Bean Panna Cotta (NT$60) and Plum Jelly (NT$60) taste much more refreshing with added green tea.

Chun Shui Tang Teahouse (Yongfu branch) Chun Shui Tang Teahouse (Yongfu branch)


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