Vegan Options at Kung Fu Tea in 2022 (Calories + Prices)

Kung Fu Tea was founded in Queens, New York City in 2010, and evolved to become the largest bubble tea brand in the United States with over 250 locations in six different countries.

If you’re unfamiliar with the story, bubble tea is a tea-based drink that originated in the Taiwan in the early 1980s, and it mostly consists of tea accompanied by tapioca balls, though it can be made with other toppings.

Bubble tea is available in several varieties, but the two most popular are black pearl milk tea and green pearl milk tea topped with tapiocas. 

Even though Kung Fu Tea is a tea-based shop, they use several animal-derived ingredients, including honey, milk cap, yakult, lactaid milk, and milk creamer. However, there are still many options you can enjoy.

Vegan Options at Kung Fu Tea

Fortunately, Kung Fu Tea has many vegan options, which you can easily verify by visiting their website and looking at their allergen menu. They have a section dedicated to vegan-friendly items, which helped tremendously in pinpointing the vegan options we’ve laid out in this article.

Let’s look at the vegan options you can order at Kung Fu Tea:

Classic Series

Most Classic Series Flavors are suitable for vegans, except those containing honey.

Flavors:  Calories: Price:
Kung Fu Black Tea 0 $3.95
Kung Fu Green Tea 0 $3.95
Kung Fu Oolong Tea 0 $3.95
Winter Melon Tea 38-52 $3.95
Longan Jujube Tea 82-122 $4.95
Winter Melon Green Tea 38-52 $4.25

Punch Series

Most Punch Series Flavors are also vegan-friendly, except the ones that contain honey.

Flavors:  Calories: Price:
Lychee Punch 62-83 $4.85
Lychee Black Tea 62-83 $4.85
Mango Green Tea 75-105 $4.85
Peach Oolong Tea 60 $4.85
Orange Green Tea 66-94 $4.85
Grapefruit Green Tea 52-65 $4.85
Sunshine Pineapple Tea 191-244 $4.85
Passionfruit Green Tea 84-105 $4.85
Strawberry Lemonade 129-194 $4.85
Strawberry Lemon Green Tea 126-189 $4.85
Rosehip Lemonade 93-181 $4.85

Slush Series

With Slush Series Flavors, you’ll see that they use milk a lot, but there are still several vegan-friendly options.

Flavors:  Calories: Price:
Red Bean 468-640 $6.05
Mango 187-262 $6.05
Pineapple 320-426 $6.05
Passion Fruit 250-357 $6.05
Caribbean Breeze 327-420 $6.85

Vegan Toppings

There are also several vegan

Flavors:  Calories: Price:
Nata Jelly 79 NA
Mango Jelly 79 NA
Herbal Jelly 111 NA
Red Bean 125 NA
Popping Bubble (Coffee) 104-115 NA
Popping Bubble (Mango) 104-115 NA
Popping Bubble (Grape) 104-115 NA
Oreo 93 NA
Lychee Crystal Bubbles 54 NA

Vegan FAQs

Does Kung Fu Tea Use Dairy Alternatives?

For milk alternatives, Kung Fu Tea uses non-dairy creamer, which is not suitable for vegans or people with milk allergies, because it still contains a small percentage of sodium caseinate.

Unfortunately they don’t do substitute dairy milk with plant-based alternatives (i.e. almond, oat, or soy milk). 

With that being said, some locations offer almond milk tea. 

Are Kung Fu Tea Jellies Vegan?

Yes, some jellies are suitable for vegans, namely nata jelly, mango jelly, and herbal jelly. 

Here are the ingredients in each jelly:

Nata Jelly: Coconut Pulp, Sugar, Water, Pineapple Flavoring, Xanthan Gum(E415), Potassium Sorbate(E202), FD&C Yellow #5(E102). 

Mango Jelly: Coconut Pulp, Sugar, Water, Mango Flavoring, Xanthan Gum(E415), Potassium Sorbate(E202), FD&C Yellow #5(E102), FD&C Yellow #6(E110), Malic Acid(E296).

Herbal Jelly: Herb Juice (Chinese Mesona and Water Sugar) and Brown Sugar Syrup (Sugar, Fructose, Water, Caramel Flavor, Caramel Color, Potassium Sorbate, Acesulfame Potassium, Silicone Anti-Foam Tapioca Starch Water).

The exception is aloe jelly because it contains honey. 

Summary

Kung Fu Tea has several vegan options, from the Classic and Punch Series to a few select Slushies. Despite the use of animal-based ingredients (they use several), we still have to look at Kung Fu Tea as a tea-house that is more or less vegan-friendly.

Alexandre Valente

Hey there! My name is Alex and I've been vegan for more than five years! I've set up this blog because I'm really passionate about veganism and living a more eco-conscious life. Hopefully, I can use this website as a channel to help you out on your own journey!

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