The latest census shows that one in six Canadian adults is lactose intolerant, while 4% of BC residents are vegans. And they have one thing in common — they cannot drink regular bubble tea.
But believe it or not, bubble tea with soy milk or almond milk is just as delicious, and you won’t have to suffer from a mass intake of dairy products.
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To cool you down from some summer heat, we have put together a list of the best places for you to get your vegan bubble tea fix.
This little, hidden gem inside Granville Skytrain Station serves bubble tea, premium loose leaf tea, waffles and more. They use real tea leaves and real milk in their bubble tea instead of powder, which is a huge step-up from loads of bubble tea chains. And for vegans and lactose intolerant drinkers, they offer to replace regular milk with soy milk or almond milk with no extra charge.
Address: The Granville Station — 80-678 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
Bobacabana can switch out regular milk in their bubble tea with almond and soy milk for ¢50 extra. The place offers various flavours of vegan bubble tea, and most items on their menu can be made vegan. Recently, it also started making vegan ice-cream slushes, by replacing regular ice cream and regular milk with homemade oat ice cream and soy milk. The place has also promised to go zero waste by 2019.
Address: 2012 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Excellent Tofu & Snacks is a small, family-owned dessert soy shop in Richmond, serving authentic Chinese style soy drinks and snacks. Its menu consists of a variety of soy pudding, soy milk, and small eats. You can get a large soy milk with one mix for $4.25, and it offers a variety of toppings including red beans, green beans, tapioca, and grass jelly. You can also get a huge jug of soy milk to take home for your late night cravings.
Address: 4231 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
Gemini Tea Bar’s grass jelly and pearls are all homemade, and it has almond milk as an alternative option to go along with its milk bubble tea. The house favourite is the grass jelly roasted milk tea, and its fish soup noodles are also worth trying. The place also has a frequent buyer card that you can get stamped.
Address: 1312 Burrard Street, Vancouver
The shop in Coquitlam offers a variety of drinks including milk tea, slushes, coffee, and power juice. It has eight different kinds of iced milk tea, and you can ask for almond milk or soy milk as an alternative milk base. Every day from 9 pm to closing, the shop takes $1 off all drinks.
Address: 2972 Glen Drive, Coquitlam
Buns + Boba is a new healthy bubble tea shop and bakery, and it’s opening next week. It uses whole, natural ingredients for all of their products, and their tapioca pearls are made naturally too. Instead of using powder milk, they use whole milk in all their bubble tea, and it can also be substituted with fresh oat and nut milk.
Address: 327 East Broadway, Vancouver