I’ve hit the wall and it’s not even 3:30 yet! I don’t want a coffee though in case I end up lying in bed at 2am, eyes as wide as saucers, staring at the ceiling – or having a hissy-fit because I’m awake when the rest of Sydney is slumbering peacefully.
So I’ve convinced my colleague, Andie, that we both need an EasyWay pick up. EasyWay is a Taiwanese chain gone international and specialises in bubble pearl tea drinks. For those that need more introduction – bubble pearl tea started off as a cold milk tea with small chewy agar balls or “pearls”. The EasyWay chain have lots of variations on the norm – different flavours, fruit based concoctions, crushed ice drinks and all with the option of a myriad of agar and jelly toppings.
Andie sees the ad for grass jelly (an inky black and fairly flavourless jelly made with herbs or “grass”) and opts for that instead. The Chinese believe that grass jelly is a “cooling” food – something classified as “yang” to balance out any excess “yin” in the body (excessive yin might come from excessive consumption of fried foods for example). Grass jelly is usually only mildly herbal in flavour and is usually sweetened with sugar syrup. As Andie digs around we discover the EasyWay grass jelly has added pearls on top and a layer of mixed sweetened nuts, seeds and beans on the bottom like lotus seeds, green beans, yellow beans, red beans, soy beans and peanuts. Andie rates the grass jelly as “ok”, but bemoans the addition of peanuts. I watch her dig them out industriously and flick them away in disdain whilst muttering “I wish they would die” under her breath…
I’ve gotten my favourite – jasmine milk tea with pearls – but after noticing an ad at the counter have added in fig jelly too. It’s just what I needed – something slightly cold and sweet, with a hint of caffeine and stuff to gnaw on as I work through the rest of my day. Interestingly, the fig jelly is a density heavier than the milk tea but lighter than the pearls as it floats somewhere in the middle of my drink. The taste of the jelly is slightly floral with a hint of honey sweetness, but the texture of the jelly is slightly off putting – ever so slightly slimy.
Interesting fact of the day: as our workmates prod curiously at our drinks I am told that figs are incorrectly labelled as a fruit and they are actually the flower of the fig tree. Huh. What d’ya know…
Oh – if you find yourself at an EasyWay counter, check out their marketing claims. They’re bold, audacious and really amuse my (deeply suppressed) inner scientist. My favourite marketing campaigns include the health properties of green tea ~ green tea contains antioxidants which have been shown to help in cancer treatment hence EasyWay cures cancer. And there’s also the liquid oxygen campaign ~ for a mere 50 cents extra, you can have the benefits of liquid oxygen in your EasyWay drink. Really. Liquid oxygen? EasyWay sells liquid oxygen? Isn’t that stuff rocket fuel propellant? Or is the EasyWay form of “liquid oxygen” more commonly known as H2O?
Anyway – that’s my own mini shaking fist moment. Apart from that I love EasyWay. It doesn’t cure cancer or make my skin glow, but it makes me happy.
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