Update: Don’t Yell At Me’s location in Mont Kiara’s 163 Retail Park is now closed. Other locations exist at Sunway Pyramid, Mid-Valley Megamall, Pearl Point Shopping Mall and KL East Mall.
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The whimsically named Don’t Yell At Me is the boba business venture of doe-eyed Taiwanese popstar, Yako Chan. Don’t Yell At Me is a tea shop, not a boba tea joint. There is the requisite brown sugar pearl milk on the menu (because, honestly, if you don’t offer that, what are you even doing in KL?) but the rest of the offerings are unique fusions with more emphasis on the tea aspect. There’s a mix of traditional teas, richer milk teas, carbonated drinks, coffees, and even chocolate milk. You can customise the ice and sugar levels, and add as many toppings as you like to anything. They’ve even expanded their menu to include croffles, a perfect pairing for their teas.
The Winter Melon Chrysanthemum (RM8.90M/RM9.90L) arrives unblended and has actual chrysanthemum flowers in the cup. After mixing the sugar, this is a refreshing thirst quencher. However, as someone used to Gong Cha’s winter melon tea with the buttery foam, this version tastes rather plain, especially if you don’t get any toppings.
The Black Sesame Milk (RM12.90M/RM13.90L) has a layer of black speckled foam resting on top. It was indulgently sweet with authentic black sesame flavour – even that characteristic grit was present throughout the cup. I also added Sweet Potato & Taro Balls (+RM2.50), which were pleasantly chewy and the size and shape of sweet corn kernels. In a boldly flavoured drink such as this, you can’t really taste the sweet potato or even the usually distinct taro much. Save this topping for when you order a simpler drink from the “old master formula” category.
I’m not used to drink shops being so bossy, but Don’t Yell At Me is a cosy place to hang out and their drinks are creative enough to set them apart from the tea shops that already exist.
Price for 2 Pax: RM24.30
Winter Melon Chrysanthemum – Medium: RM8.90
Black Sesame Milk – Medium: RM12.90
Sweet Potato & Taro Balls: RM2.50