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Old November 20th, 2019, 12:49 AM   #8221
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Do non-asians like bubble tea? I don't think I've ever seen any non-asians buying or drinking it.

Its crazy to me when one new development can have 5 retail spaces and two of them are Bubble Tea places.
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Old November 20th, 2019, 08:55 AM   #8222
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I never drink it; just not my thing. I'm not wild about tapioca so don't
really like the taste or texture of the "bubbles". On Reddit, someone posted a photo
of my neighbourhood; Yonge St and St Joseph. Another person commented that there are EIGHT bubble tea places within a literal stones throw of that corner:

Gazo

Yi Fang

Happy Lemon

CoCo

Chatime Innovation Bar

The Alley

Machi Machi

Bubble Lee


That is just plain madness! But after a number of years of lukewarm reception, in the last few years bubble tea seems to have caught on like wildfire. I'd say almost people I see either in lineups or going into these places are Asian; there seems to be an insatiable demand for it.
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Old November 21st, 2019, 02:40 AM   #8223
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They realize they can be successful without reaching out to the general public. Sort of rubs me the wrong way. Will they even be able to talk to me if I went in there?
I don't like when people try to isolate themselves and make their own club and create a divide in a multi-cultural society. I would never want to live in a place where there are many people of my own ethnicity. I would like to live in a neutral place.

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Do non-asians like bubble tea? I don't think I've ever seen any non-asians buying or drinking it.

Its crazy to me when one new development can have 5 retail spaces and two of them are Bubble Tea places.
My wife drinks it sometimes.
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I don't know anyone who drinks bubble tea.
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Old November 21st, 2019, 10:57 AM   #8225
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A new chain from Taiwan opened recently in Vancouver, the first for Canada. They fly the pearls in from Taiwan. Most get them locally. Even saw Bubble Tea places in Tokyo. I believe it started in Taiwan.
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Old November 21st, 2019, 07:26 PM   #8226
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There must be a million chains by now; they are absolutely everywhere. It seems to be overkill, but perhaps there is an insatiable demand for it. Twelve years ago there was a Korean barbecue restaurant ever 20 feet and then ten years ago there was a Shawarma restaurant every 20 feet and now there is a bubble tea place everywhere you look. The "pearls" are tapioca balls and probably all come from Asia. I doubt if they make them here. CoCo seems to be a popular Taiwanese bubble tea place here; they made one close to Ryerson University and there are always lineups.

By the way, Taiwanese restaurants are also popping up all over; seems to be a trend.
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Taiwanese restaurants are actually everywhere in metro Vancouver, especially in Richmond and Burnaby, we even have a few in Surrey among the predominant South Asian restaurants.
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This guy's work is awesome.



Sun Lixue spent eight years building a wooden car with hands. [Photo by Zhang Xiaoting / for chinadaily.com.cn]





The car model is 1934 Mercedes 500K Special Roadster. [Photo by Zhang Xiaoting / for chinadaily.com.cn]

Sun Lixue, a 62-year-old carpenter from Tieling, Liaoning province, spent eight years building a sports car out of wood. The wooden car cost him more than 200,000 yuan ($28,430) and years of self-learning from internet.



Sun Lixue is assembling his wooden car. [Photo by Zhang Xiaoting / for chinadaily.com.cn]

Sun began to learn carpentry from his father at the age of 16. But he was fascinated with the idea of combining modern technology with tradition.

It was 10 years ago when he was surfing online that he found a brand-new world of creative carpentry.

"I discovered that my foreign counterparts could make almost everything with wood. So I thought I could too," said Sun. He decided to create one car with hands.

He started learning typing from scratch and taught himself ergonomics via the internet. Sun completely devoted the past eight years to his car.

"I hope this wooden car could be displayed out of the village and be appreciated by experts both at home and abroad," Sun said.



Sun Lixue is working on a wooden bicycle. [Photo by Zhang Xiaoting / for chinadaily.com.cn]


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Wow, cool! He even makes the chains out of wood; that is impressive.

How different is Taiwanese food compared to regular Chinese food? I ate at one already and it was kind of like spicy breaded chicken strips. Was good. There are so many of these around now.
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Yeah, Taiwanese food is similar to Sichun style, a little spicy and their noodles are usually white and thick and they also use beef a lot.
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We are lucky in Canada to have so much of it.
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Indeed!




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So, Chun Yang did put a poster up on the window in English so that people could see what it is all about. Not on the sign, just on a poster:







I never really paid attention to bubbletea places because its not my thing and
they seem to be everywhere. I looked around tonight and on just this one side of the street, on a one block stretch there were three (four if you include
a Taiwanese restaurant with bubble tea) bubbletea places:















and a Taiwanese restaurant which of course also has bubble tea, to make
it four.
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For those thinking only eating meat and eggs can make you big and muscular, watch this documentary and think again.

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Speaking of bubble tea, a white girl loved bubble tea so much that she needed to have the pearls surgically removed from her stomach to avoid a certain death. The pearls are very difficult to digest, they are actually feel like rubber, so better think twice if you are thinking to try it.
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I never liked tapioca pudding when I was young; we called the bigger ones "fish eyes". They do taste like rubber.
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We are lucky in Canada to have so much of it.
We have so much of everything. Canada is the land of abundance.
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Interesting video although it's still a massive 'no go zone' for me. Perhaps 20 years from now things will be different but this country is still stuck in the stone ages.

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