Updated: October 03, 2019
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Taiwan Cafe Zen in Omotesando serves amazing colourful teas and drinks!

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Taiwan Cafe Zen serves an original drink: the butterfly pea tea. It serves all kinds of other colourful drinks too, and some popular local foods from Taiwan.

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Taiwan Cafe Zen

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Looking for a different type of cafe around Omotesando or Harajuku? Then Taiwan Cafe Zen might be worth the try. The specialty here is not bubble tea, but a different kind of Taiwanese beverage: the butterfly pea tea. They also have some savoury foods and desserts.
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Healthy, exotic tea

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This is the butterfly pea tea, a blue hot beverage that is very rare in Japan.

Butterfly pea is the name of a gorgeous blue flower native to South East Asia. The flower can be used as an infusion for tea, which gives the beverage this amazing blue tint. You might be put off by the colour thinking that it comes from additives, but actually this is 100 percent natural.

The tea is not just visually pleasing, it's also super healthy because it's packed with antioxidants. In Taiwan, the butterfly pea tea is known for its anti-ageing properties.

Different variations

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The hot butterfly pea tea is not the only one you can have made with the special ingredient. Indeed, the cafe offers a variety of drinks made with butterfly pea as a base, but that also have some fruit juices and flavoured syrup layered into them. These drinks are all the rage in Taiwan at the moment.
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A fun aspect of these layered drinks is that once you mix them, they turn into a completely different colour.
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Butterfly pea-calpis drink
This one tasted like Calpis (a kind of white uncarbonated popular Japanese soft drink) with a little fresh accent from the butterfly pea.
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Orange juice-rosemary-butterfly pea
With just a hint of acidity from the orange juice and nice herbal flavours from the rosemary and butterfly pea, this one had a kind of relaxing effect.
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butterfly pea-apple mint
This one was very enjoyable for its pronounced apple flavour followed by the mint aftertaste. It's the perfect drink for a hot summer day.

Some popular Taiwanese foods too

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This is a tanpin, a kind of Taiwanese savoury crepe wrap. The toppings include various veggies and a lightly fried egg.
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In Japan, perhaps one of the most famous Taiwanese dessert is the mango shaved ice.

This is one on steroids.

On top of the mango-flavoured shaved ice, you get four kinds of ice cream, cut fruits, tapioca balls, white mochi balls, Taiwanese jelly and so on.

The huge dessert costs a whopping ¥2,980 so you better share it with some friends (I can imagine that it's good for up to 5 or 6 people).

In closing...

Everything on the menu is available for take-out too, so you can enjoy strolling around the Omotesando-Harajuku area while you sip on your butterfly pea drink. Give this place a try next time you're in that area.
tabikamome
Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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