27 Apr2005

Pascale’s Iced Teas

by Marketman

For a country that is smack in the middle of a sea of ateatea drinkers (China, Japan, Indonesia, etc.), it’s a bit odd that we are so coffee-centric. Or is it? Nearly 400 years of the Spanish with their hot chocolate and coffee, and 50 years of the Americans with their brilliant addition to our hot beverage selection in the form of Nescafe instant coffee, have left an indelible mark on our national caffeine psyche. If you ever get a chance to see the spectacular tea plantations in the hills of Bogor, Java and watch the harvesters go down rows of waist high bushes picking only the youngest and choicest light green leaves, you might reconsider tea as your caffeine beverage of choice. Well, that was a roundabout introduction to Pascale’s Iced Teas at the Salcedo Saturday Market!

If readers are wondering why I am featuring so many vendors from this one market, atea2 I recently did a review of that market and interviewed several of the purveyors or entrepreneurs over several visits. Bear with me, I will be moving on to other markets as well in the weeks ahead. Pascale’s Iced Tea offers several unusual fruit flavored (peach, raspberry, mango, passionfruit, blackcurrant, etc.) iced teas. It’s a refreshing beverage after munching on a stick of barbecue, together with your muffin, or even after wolfing down too many bud-buds. While I would normally reach for a Diet Coke, I make believe that iced tea is a better caffeine hit so early in the morning. And I prefer it to coffee. When you order, the server puts hot water in a cup and steeps your tea (make sure they wait at least 4-5 minutes or it will be too watery) so it is as fresh as it can be. Then she adds shaved ice, a slice of dayap or lemon, and a sweetener of your choice (honey, sugar, artificial) is added if desired. Yum. PHP50.00 per drink.

Pascale’s also offers fish balls and squid atea3balls for PHP25.00 per stick. Cooked right in front of your eyes, the hot squid or fish balls comes with a choice of three sauces – sweet, spicy and sweet & spicy. My wife tried the sweet & spicy sauce and felt it could have used more spice. Pascale’s is run by entrepreneur Celina Banzon who noticed that there was a dearth of interesting iced teas in the market. She shares her stall with her sister who sells delicious Indonesian food such as beef rendang, sate, etc. Ms.Banzon can be reached at 0918-909-1574.



  1. Karen says:

    Oh, perfect for summer, even the fishballs! Check out Mike Tan’s article on tea. May answer your question:


    Apr 27, 2005 | 1:35 pm


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  3. Marketman says:

    Thanks for that link Karen, I did get to read that article. I do like tea and another of my local favorites is the T Salon in the Makati Ayala Mall, which is related to the famous one in downtown New York. They have this Russian Caravan brew that is excellent.

    Apr 27, 2005 | 1:43 pm

  4. joey says:

    I am a die hard coffee drinker but I do enjoy the occasional cup of tea and the one I enjoy most is chai masala. You can get a really good chai masala in Swagat (an indian restaurant on Rada ST. in Legaspi Village). It’s got all these spices (cloves, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, pepper, cinnamon) and milk. It’s yummy-spicy comfort in a cup. Another favorite (although I think this qualifies as an infusion and not a tea) is salabat. I love the way it can burn a hole straight down your throat and cure almost anything (at least in my case).

    Apr 27, 2005 | 3:17 pm

  5. Dahlia says:

    I just found your site after googling “phillipine sili leaf”. I love it! I live in California and am definitely going home to my motherland to eat.

    Apr 30, 2005 | 5:40 am


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