Kaohsiung Milk King: Where Cow Meets Papaya

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Milk Kaohsiung

The Southern Taiwan city, Kaohsiung, is known for its commitment to ports, solar power and technology. It’s also famous for a peculiar culinary specialty, papaya milk. The best known outlet is Kaohsiung Milk King, which has been an institution since 1966, located on a Kaohsiung traffic circle on Kaohsiung’s main drag.

Milk Kaohsiung
Kaohsiung Milk King sells milk teas, breads and milk sticks. The establishment also has two fake cows overlooking customers, which made me oddly self-conscious. Okay, not really.

Papaya Milk (NT$ 60 ~ $2) was a smooth blend of fresh fruit, milk and simple syrup. For variety’s sake, we also ordered Watermelon Milk (NT$ 60), which had a pulpier texture that wasn’t quite as satisfying.

Milk tea has become popular worldwide thanks to its frequent companion, boba, but rarely does it contain papaya, or fresh fruit, making this a surprising treat.


Joshua Lurie

Joshua Lurie founded FoodGPS in 2005. Read about him here.

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