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FUN MAGAZINE, May, 2006.
Branch 1: 55, Lane 160, DunHua
S. Rd., Sec. 1; (02) 2721-7918
Branch 2: 24, Lane 190, DunHua S. Rd., Sec. 1;
Branch 3: 18, Lane 316, Roosevelt Rd., Sec. 3;
Branch 4: 162, BaDe Rd., Sec. 3
Hours: 10 am-1 am
Credit cards not accepted at all branches. No
10% service charge.
--By Shanzi Chen Translated by Cara
"Cha Du" literally means "tea
poison", a name that gives a lasting impression.
Emphasis is placed on stronger, heavier tasting drinks
here. Cha Du has four branches, with the first branch
established back in 1993, and all are decorated with
an old Chinese-style inn style, with a few other exotic
items placed here and there for effect. Although some
would say that most bubble tea shops are more or less
the same, Cha Du offers something that no one else has:
Bitter Melon Mountain Fen Yuan Juice. Using mountain
bitter melons as its base, this drink has a surprisingly
sweet taste at first, then hints of bitterness followed
by a refreshing aftertaste in your throat. Those who
do not dislike bitter melons should definitely give
it a whirl. The meals are worth checking out, too, especially
the Beef Noodles -- 10 pieces of beef that are half
tendon, half meat, placed on top of a chewy bowl of
handmade noodles. This dish has won the praise of many
customers. Their Shanghai-style Fermented Tofu Stewed
Rice is also another popular item.