Ready To Have Your “Afternoon Tea” Mind Blown?
Talk about a wild new way to celebrate “What The – Friday”! There is a new drink from Chicago that is blowing my mind! And it’s all thanks to a terrific food newsletter!
Why do I love the Fooditor newsletter from Michael Gebert? Because he posts stuff like this – the first time I had heard of “Cheese Tea!”
Fooditor is a great newsletter that dives into every tasty in Chicago and the surrounding area. And this line from him caught my attention this week:
“Have you heard of cheese tea? I tried it at Hello Jasmine in the Chinatown food court, and the combination of fruity tea and slightly salty, creamy foam was appealing, even if the name wasn’t.”
Wait – WTF?
Yes, Cheese Tea!
Here’s how Fooditor explains it:
“A new Malaysian place called Bingo Tea Malaysian Cafe: “Bingo’s tea menu… spans fruit teas (dragon, yuzu lemon honey, black grape), milk teas (buckwheat matcha, caramel black), and more subdued honey drinks. All are customizable with a variety of additions (boba, red beans, lychee jelly), but presiding above all is the ‘milk cap,’ or ‘sea salt milk foam,’ which is how the principals behind Bingo have rebranded cheese tea. You can top pretty much any drink with it, hot or cold, but I think its best expression is its most minimal: slowly descending into one of the black, green, or oolong teas, no sugar added. Don’t poke a straw through it. Sip through the lid’s aperture so the liquid passes through the foam, offering a hint of cheesecake and salt ahead of the tea’s tannins.”
Wow, ladle it up!
I am intrigued by this idea – I may be heading to Chicago in the next few months, and I promise to get to the Bingo Tea Malaysian Cafe to check this out myself – the restaurant looks fun and has a great looking menu as well:
One of the reasons I launched my weekly “What The – Friday” is because I come across stuff that makes me react just that way, and I will be sharing many wild, wacky and deliciously original food ideas going forward!
Now, back to Fooditor – in addition to the newsletter that shares great stories like this, they also produce an annual guide to the best and most offbeat restaurants in Chicago!
This incredibly entertaining and informative guide to Chicago’s best food is a must read: having lived there part-time for 5 years (my wife was there full time), we got to eat in a number of great places, and this guide has them all, plus so many others like “Bingo Tea!”
Make sure to go to this newsletter link and support them!
I don’t know Michael Gebert at all, but he once shared a link to my story about eating the “Ancient Rome” menu at NEXT restaurant, which was very nice of him.
NEXT is a fun experimental restaurant from Chef Grant Achetz, who also has the 3-Michelin Starred restaurant Alinea in Chicago – the single greatest dining experience I’ve ever had in my life – for reasons like this deconstructed potato soup with truffle:
Or perhaps it’s the way some food arrives to your table – like this piece of bacon:
Chef Achetz is a wizard, and yes, it was the greatest meal Ive ever had, and you can see it all by clicking here:
Again, bravo to Fooditor for this week’s “WT-Friday”!
Let me know if you’d try this Cheese Tea trend!