Filipinos can be wittingly irreverent. There’s no doubt that a lot of Pinoys utter profanities every so often, whether they’re dismayed or shocked. As cuss words are banned from being said in formal occasions and titles (with the President as an exception), most of us say bad words on the streets. But hey, haven’t we mastered the “art” of circumvention?
Take for example Nak Nam Fu-Cha milk tea in Tondo, Manila.
Wait a minute. Before going further, I didn’t cuss, alright? The seemingly disdainful milk tea outlet went viral around the internet because of its funny name and its’ playful online marketing strategy online. As a milk tea lover, I immediately decided to explore the place myself and check if the drink would wow me – and perhaps make me cuss.
One Sunday, my sister and I decided to head straight to Nak Nam Fu Cha along Yuseco St. after hearing mass at the Espiritu Santo shrine along Rizal Ave., which is a few blocks away.
It took some time before I made my order since I still couldn’t get over the names and the sizes of their milk teas. The large size is called “Anak,” which costs Php65. Meanwhile, you can get a hold of the extra-large or “Ina” size for Php75.
I ordered “Okinawakang Ina” (Okinawa) anak size, but I didn’t have the guts to say it in person because I felt a little bit awkward with its name.
I thought they’d filled it with milk and lots of sugar that it would overpower the real taste of tea. I also thought that the pearls would be hard to chew. To my surprise, however, everything that I thought of was the opposite of my expectations. Had I not been satisfied with the pearls; I could have added more for Php10.
But after drinking my milk tea with a seemingly irreverent name, would I ever come back again? I don’t think so.
There is nothing special about this milk tea and can buy other ones for the same price near my place. Honestly, it wasn’t worth the Php50 I spent to go out of my way for this drink. Had I been very critical or impatient, my trip there would probably worth a cuss.
If you’re from the area, though, you can still consider Nak Nam Fu-Cha as your go-to for milk tea because of its affordability.
Nak Nam Fu-Cha is located at 1068 Yuseco St., Tondo, Manila. It’s open from Monday-Sunday, 2-10PM.