A popular bubble tea chain has arrived in St. Louis. Kung Fu Tea opened in the Delmar Loop on Sept. 29 featuring more than 30 different flavors of Taiwanese-style milk tea, punch, slushes, yogurt drinks and more. Guests can choose from more than 10 different toppings including the requisite sweetened tapioca balls to go with each customizable cup.
Since opening, the corner shop – which gets its name from demonstrating mastery of its namesake craft – has churned out an average of 700 to 800 drinks per day, becoming one of the top-selling franchises of the brand. Nearly 1,500 beverages were made on grand opening day, which featured live music and traditional Chinese lion dancers.
The original Kung Fu Tea was founded in New York by Taiwanese natives nearly a decade ago. Since then, more than 250 iterations have rolled out across the United States and in Canada, Vietnam and Australia. The nearest locations to the new St. Louis outpost are in Overland Park, Kansas, and Champaign, Illinois. A location is also coming soon to Kansas City, Missouri.
Kung Fu Tea fills the approximately 1,000-square-foot space most recently filled by 8 Dollar Deli (and before that, Smoothie King), with around 25 seats between a small indoor seating area, a few tables and a front patio. The contemporary design features the brand’s red and black color scheme, with an anime-style mural on the wall with an homage to the nearby Washington University.
Kung Fu Tea’s signature tea drinks begin with Taiwanese tea that is brewed every three hours using a signature seven-step method. Choose from options including black tea, jasmine green and oolong. The shop’s mainstay topping, tapioca aka bubbles or boba, is cooked every two hours to maintain a soft and chewy quality, and non-dairy milk powder is used for cream-based beverages.
Popular picks from the menu include Kung Fu milk tea, mango green tea, strawberry lemonade and slushes in flavors like taro and red bean, as well as Yakult yogurt-based drinks, available with fresh-squeezed orange or grapefruit juice. All drinks are available in medium or large sizes, with hot options available for classic and milk tea options. Guests can also adjust the sugar level in increments between 0 to 120 percent and can also ask for less ice or no ice.
Topping options include bubbles, Oreo, pudding, red bean, nata jelly, herbal jelly and mango jelly as well as premium options such as aloe jelly, fig jelly and popping bubbles. Foamy milk caps are also available. Seasonal drink specials include fall flavors such as brown sugar ginger and pumpkin oolong milk tea.
Kung Fu Tea is currently open daily from 11am to 11pm.
Kung Fu Tea St. Louis, 6600 Delmar Blvd., Delmar Loop, University City, Missouri, 314.256.1395, kungfutea.com