kung fu tea | kearny mesa
Every other Monday I go down to see my chiropractor and when I was leaving from his office, I spotted a new tea place that had just opened up called Kung Fu Tea. Dr. Gilmour came out when he saw he hanging outside looking at the Kung Fu Tea shop and vouched for it, telling me it was really good. I was totally in the mood for some milk tea so I went in.
This is my “I’m driving, oh crap someone is behind me” shot of the exterior. Classy.
It’s very spacious once you step inside of Kung Fu Tea. Kung Fu Tea is a national chain and this is the first location in San Diego. There are two other locations in California and the rest are peppered all over the US.
I loved the decor in here!
Lots of cool painting. I also liked the low-to-the-ground stools which are really good for short people like me.
Kung fu dudes! The one on top to the right kind of looks like Bruce Lee. Maybe it’s supposed to be Bruce Lee, I have no idea.
The menu wall.
And a little closer up shot of the choices that are available. I just realized I didn’t take a photo of the menu with prices on it… d’oh.
You are able to really customize the tea to your liking and they give you little tips on how to do it. The milk, ice, and sweetness levels can all be controlled.
As soon as I walked in I was greeted by a very friendly gentlemen who told me a little bit about their shop and some of the offerings they have and what was very popular. He steered me towards a drink I probably wouldn’t have chosen on my own but at his suggestion I was more than willing to try it. After I told him I wanted a milk tea, he told me his favorites were the honey milk teas and that they use honey as the sweetener. I told him I don’t like it too sweet and he suggested 50% sweetness since 30% you can barely taste any honey at all. He also suggested the Oolong tea and as I hadn’t tried that as a milk tea, I agreed.
Toppings are extra but if you check in on Yelp, you get a free topping! I picked Boba.
[medium honey oolong milk tea with boba / $3.50 – normally $4.00]
One sip of this creamy tea and I was hooked! I loved the flavor of the oolong tea. It wasn’t strong or too potent and had a bit of a floral accent.
I thought this had the perfect amount of milk in it. It was creamy and a little rich. The honey tasted wonderful in this. It wasn’t super sweet but I could still taste the honey swirled around inside of my tea. The boba were nice and chewy and had an excellent consistency to them. I’ve been relutant to try new milk teas because the places I’ve tried that weren’t Tea Station didn’t have customization options and always tasted a little off to me. But I was very glad I tried Kung Fu Tea as I loved the helped suggestions, the ability to customize the tea to my liking, and overall the flavor of this tea. I finally found something I like more than Tea Station (don’t worry, Tea Station, I still lubs you)!