If you’re just like me who’s grown a penchant for good food and blog-worthy interior design, you can probably name several food spots that fit the bill. But in a small city like Cagayan de Oro, places like such is a rarity. However, we found one tea shop that hits the spot and Kagayanons know it as Chingkeetea.
Chingkeetea offers a great selection of authentic Taiwanese tea. Hot, fruity, milk–name it, they have it. The tea leaves used in creating their teas were imported from Taiwan so customers are assured their drinks are of the best quality. My first cup of milk tea at Chingkeetea was the infamous Wintermelon Milk Tea. One word: divine! It wasn’t too sweet, it wasn’t too bland; it was just the right mix of smooth, milky goodness. Another one of my favorites is their Milk Jasmine Green Tea which smells so good you’d be tempted to wear it as perfume. The drinks can also come with special add-ons such as tapioca pearls, pudding, nata de coco, and aloe Vera to better suit your taste buds.
Just recently, Chingkeetea has added sandwiches to their growing menu. But it’s not just their finely brewed mixes that pull people in. The establishment’s uniquely creative spunk is a winner. Most of the art pieces that decorate Chingkeetea were personally crafted by the owner, Chingkee Te (notice a bit of word play there?). Even the tables and chairs were painted by the head honcho herself!
If all that hasn’t tickled your senses yet, you should also know that Chingkeetea has one of the friendliest customer service ever! The last time I was there with my friends it was Miss Chingkee herself and her mom in action, politely serving teas to customers. The entire staff is so warm and accommodating.
Chingkeetea is conveniently located in Marfori Compound, Pabayo/Corrales Streets. It’s near Xavier University so its easy to find. Just follow a swarm of students and you’ll find your way there. Try to avoid visiting the shop during the university’s exam weeks. Boy, did Chingkeetea turn into an extension of the university library then.
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