New store offers taste of Asian cuisine

By Ao Hsing-Yi - Staff Reporter



A new bubble tea store has been catching students' attentions and offering a taste of Asian culture to those willing to brave crossing busy Pacific Highway South.

 Goatea has opened in the Lowe's parking lot near Starbucks, just south of the college.

"We named it Goatea because it sounds like Got tea? or go-at-tea," said owner Thanh Luong. "So come and get tea."

Luong is Vietnamese and a bubble tea lover. Instead of opening a Vietnamese restaurant in the United States, he decided to go with his first love.

"I've been drinking bubble tea ever since my high school years," Luong said. "It has been 10 years already."

He's determined to make sure his costumers have access to real bubble tea. It originates from Taiwan, and Luong is very careful about where his ingredients come from.

 "My suppliers import their products from overseas because they have more options when it comes to flavors," he said. "And the quality is better."

Bubble tea typically comes in two distinct types, either fruit-flavored teas or milk teas. Goatea, however, combines the two and specializes in a hybrid fruit-flavored milk tea.

Mana Satogawa, a Japanese international student at Highline, prefers hybrid fruit milk tea over regular milk tea. 

"I really love bubble tea. Milk tea is good, but I prefer the pineapple one," she said. "It is the best, I think."

The menu, though, is not limited to bubble tea. Customers can also dine in or out on Vietnamese sandwiches and also try Thai tea.

Highline student Kade Maijala, praised the sandwiches at Goatea. 

"People should try the grilled pork one. It's better than Subway," he said.

Shop hours are Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Friday, Saturday 11 a.m.- 11 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

During the grand opening, customers can get a 10 percent off discount.

For more information call 206-223-6969.

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