Bubble tea is not uncommon at Flushing, Queens. You can see bakeries, restaurants, cafes and even small food joints are selling bubble tea. Bubble tea is originated in Taiwan in the 1980s. I decided to try out one of the bubble tea joints - Sago Tea Cafe.
Price: Fairly affordable. $3.85 for a regular Red Tea with Tapioca.
Quality: Sago gave a generous portion of tapioca. The tea tasted just nice – neither too bland nor too sweet – for someone who does not consume sweet stuff.
Store layout: The store is strategically located diagonally across the Main Street Subway Station. There are two doors in Sago. When you enter the first door, there is an order window for takeouts. As you open the second door, you may dine in. During an extremely hot day, the café is always crowded with people – who dine and order takeouts. Oh well, if you want to have a cool drink, you may have to wait. :P
"The cafe just diagonally opposite of the Flushing Subway Station. It is so crowded that I have to order a take-out. A regular-sized Red Tea with tapioca balls. Super!!!"
Shin Ramen with fish ballsOverall rating: 2.5/5
Price: Approximately $6. Fairly expensive.
Quality: Shin Ramen with fish balls is served with egg in SAGO broth, topped with scallion. In fact, it tasted more like cooking a packet of Shin Hot & Spicy ramen with egg and fish balls. The fish balls were stuffed with minced meat. If you like to have a high-class instant noodles, you may want to order this. Otherwise, you can cook it yourself at home. Forgettable.
"This cafe is always crowded with people. If you are able to get a seat, you should also get a lottery ticket. You may win the top price."
"Shin Ramen Noodles + Fish balls + Egg"
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Where: Sago Tea Cafe, 39-02 Main Street
Overall rating: 4/5