Delicious Taiwanese style fast food, bubble tea & desserts
Hi Hi started out as your typical Taiwanese Bubble Tea and Dessert cafe but evolved beyond that, also offering great Taiwanese style fast food. Go to this great little hole in the wall cafe for tea, cakes or for a quick meal.
Hi Hi's signature drink is bubble tea, also known as pearl tea. This drink originates in Taiwan, first as a milk tea. Basically, it is a lot of milk and a little bit of tea that can be served cold or hot. The pearls or bubbles were originally tapioca balls that are small enough to be sucked up through a large straw, but these days can include other jelly ball flavours, such as mango, or even beans.
Hi Hi, is a little hole in the wall cafe worth visiting
Hi Hi does a range of bubble teas and if you are going to try any of these for the first time, maybe the Pearl Milk Tea is the place to start. I think though, most people will enjoy the more fruity tea options. Of course, Brisbanites love their coffee a bit more than they like tea (or is that a lot more), so Hi Hi offers coffee versions with pearls and fruits flavours as well.
There are also teas without pearls, jelly or beans, including the standard milk tea with either green or black tea. If you don't want any caffeine, consider options like Winter Melon Tea (which is not made with tea at all) or a Beetroot Berry Latte.
Many customers come to Hi HI just for the bubble teas
Meal options include the cheap braised pork with rice for $5, which is a great snack or meal for someone on a budget. The bento boxes, are Taiwanese food served in Japanese style bento boxes. Other great options, including the wonton soup and fried snacks like Taiwanese fried chicken or takoyaki balls. They also do taro and pork floss sandwiches and various salads. Not sure about those, as I haven't tried them.
In case you are wondering why Taiwanese food comes in Japanese Bento box, you see Japan occupied Taiwan for around 50 years, from the fall of the Qing Dynasty until the end of World War II. As a result, there is a fair amount of Japanese influence in Taiwanese food.
Hi Hi has some great desserts with a big focus on Asian flavours such as green tea, red bean, taro and sesame. Look in the cabinet for more dessert options.
Of course, let's not forget the Green Tea and Taro Cakes at HI Hi
Overall, you get nicely friendly service, quite a range of teas, coffees and drinks, some nice deserts, as well as great Taiwanese style fast food. Closing at 9 pm on weeknights and 10 pm on weekends, it is a nice spot to get a snack halfway through a night out in West End. It is also good for a quick, cheap and filling meal at any time.