Fall menus are here, featuring seasonal staples like maple, pecan, cinnamon and pumpkin. While the towers of autumnal offerings are steadily growing, we decided to scour Los Angeles for some lesser known winners of the season. Here’s a delicious list of hot and cold beverages from around Asia, for when you tire of pumpkin-spiced everything.
1.Vietnamese Iced Coffee – Cafe Dulce
Cafe Dulce’s Vietnamese iced coffee is a delightful dark roasted coffee combined with sweet condensed milk, poured over a tall glass of ice. The rich, creamy iced coffee has a slightly thicker consistency than a regular iced coffee and will instantly wake you up, just in time to grab a mini donut to go.
2. Thai Milk Tea– Pearl’s Finest Teas
Brewed using loose leaf tea, this popular beverage from Thailand lives up to the cafe’s name. Made with a perfect blend of spices like star anise and cinnamon, the Thai milk tea at Pearl’s Finest can also be blended with ice if you’re in the mood for a sweet, slushy treat.
3. Strawberry Coconut Milk Boba – Milk+T
Handcrafted strawberry syrup is the star of the show in Milk+T’s Piglet drink. The delicate blush pink drink is made with a base of coconut milk and poured over tapioca pearls, making it the ideal vegan beverage to add to your list of favorites—to drink and to ’gram!
4. Turmeric Almond Macadamia Nut Milk – Go Get Em Tiger
Go Get Em Tiger produces their own macadamia and almond milk, which makes all the difference to their selection of lattes. The turmeric almond macadamia nut milk, a take on Indian golden milk, is infused with antioxidant-rich turmeric, which staves off sickness by boosting immunity.
5. Bombay Cutting Chai – Badmaash
A staple in the streets of India, cutting chai literally means to cut the portion of tea in half, because of the strong brew it’s made from. At Badmaash, cutting chai is best enjoyed by dipping Parle G cookies in your cup of tea—a combination that millions of Indians will vouch for.
6. Matcha Latte – Cha Cha Matcha
You’ve probably had enough matcha to see you through the end of days, but Cha Cha Matcha’s almond milk matcha latte is one we can never tire of. The vibrant pink cafe is a great spot to hang out and people watch, all the while sipping on a steaming cup of matcha.