You know who I never pay enough attention to? Who rarely get to star in my posts? Who, until now, have never had their own “Best Of” category? Drinks, that’s who! Sometimes it’s easy to forget that they’re people, too.
I thought about this while sipping on my passion fruit calpis at Tri-ty, a Taiwanese bubble tea café and restaurant on Ackroyd. Calpis is a drink I’d certainly never had before I began this job, and the same can be said for many of the beverages I’ve consumed throughout the year. After I share my meal at Tri-ty, I’ll list ten of ten of my new favourite I’ve had in Richmond, and then perhaps fetch myself one…..
Tri-ty is a popular Taiwanese eatery with modern décor and a fairly extensive menu. Based on recommendations from a friend, I ordered the deep-fried red fermented pork ($5.50), and the tomato beef noodle soup ($8.50).
The outside of the pork is red from the fermented bean paste they marinate it in, then it’s battered and deep-fried. It was crunchy, and the red bean paste imparted a flavour that’s tough to describe – I’ll just say it was a bit spicy, very flavourful, and I really liked it.
The tomato beef noodle soup was just the thing for rainy weather; the broth was hearty, and the bowl was filled with thick, fresh noodles.
The best part, however, were the slices of beef shank. They were streaked with soft tendon, could be cut with a fork, and were lean. Best! Beef! Ever!
The meal was served with sides of these spicy Taiwanese pickled greens,
and some sort of sweet, buttery pudding that I assumed would taste like mango. It didn’t, but I was unable to figure out what it DID taste like, other than ‘good.’ Any ideas?
As mentioned before, I drank a passion fruit calpis with my meal ($4.95), which was delish.
Here are some other favourites!
Something to note is that I ordered many of these drinks half-sweet, so if you are also averse to very sugary drinks, just ask them half or quarter sweet. And one final drink, which I don’t have a picture of, is the fresh taro bubble tea at Leisure Tea. If you love taro AND love the consistency of milkshakes, go seek this one out.
Cash (maybe cards?) accepted
Vegetarian options available