Everything Vegan at Kung Fu Tea (2023)

Fact-checked badge

What is Kung Fu Tea?

Kung Fu Tea is a relatively unknown chain restaurant that is somehow at the same time quite popular. Founded in Queens, NY on April 30, 2010, They are America’s largest bubble tea brand with over 350+ locations across the U.S. As one of the OGs of bubble tea, they maintain uncompromisingly high standards according to their official website. In short, They sell many yummy fruit-teas and slushies as well as Boba teas.

Vegan options at Kung Fu Tea in Short

Unfortunately, they don’t have a vegan “milk” alternative that’s vegan, so we don’t have access to the full line of their drinks. But they do have quite a few vegan options, so you shouldn’t be disappointed if you visit them, as many of their vegan drinks are quite tasty.

Hopefully one day they add vegan milk/creamer to their menu so we can enjoy their milk teas sometime, but until then we’re pretty much stuck with regular teas and fruit-slush teas, but personally I think fruit-slush teas are delicious so I don’t mind all too much.

Is Boba Vegan?

First of all, what is boba? The little pearls in the tea are commonly tapioca balls, which come from the cassava root, a tuber native to South America. So then, is bubble tea vegan? Most of the time, yes. It depends on whether they put dairy into the tea or not since boba is basically vegan.

Vegan Drinks at Kung Fu Tea

Luckily, there are plenty of them.

Classic tea series

All of them are vegan-friendly, except the ones with honey.

  • Kung Fu Black Tea
  • Kung Fu Green Tea
  • Kung Fu Oolong Tea
  • Winter Melon Tea
  • Longan Jujube Tea
  • Winter Melon Green Tea

Punch tea series

Same as before, they are mostly plant-based besides the one’s wth honey.

  • Lychee Punch
  • Lychee Black Tea
  • Mango Green Tea
  • Peach Oolong Tea
  • Orange Green Tea
  • VeryBerry Green Tea
  • Grapefruit Green Tea
  • Sunshine Pineapple Tea
  • Passion Fruit Green Tea
  • Strawberry Lemonade
  • Strawberry Lemon Green Tea
  • Rosehip Lemonade

Slush tea flavors

  • Passion Fruit Slush
  • Pineapple Slush
  • Mango Slush
  • Mung Bean Slush
  • Red Bean Slush
  • Carribean Breeze (Seasonal)
  • Brown Sugar Ginger
  • Energy Drink – Blue Island Punch
  • White Grape Punch
  • White Grape Slush

Make sure to get some toppings (see below) with it, I’d highly recommend a jelly, especially the mango jelly!
vegan kung fu teas

Vegan Toppings at Kung Fu Tea:

  • Nata Jelly
  • Mango Jelly
  • Red Bean
  • Mung Bean
  • Herbal Jelly
  • All Popping Bubble (Boba)
  • Crystal Bubbles
  • Oolong Tea Jelly
  • Oreo

And with the toppings listed out, that’s all that’s vegan from Kung Fu Tea right now. The Boba’s apparently are coated in a substance that contains honey now, so if you want to be true to your vegan-ness give the Bobas a miss and Opt for that tasty Mango Jelly that I recommend big-time. It’s tastier and 100% Vegan.

But they don’t use real milk for their teas, so aren’t they vegan?


Kung Fu Tea accidentally labeled some of their Milk-teas as Vegan in the past, and it’s true that they don’t use real milk in their teas, however they use a creamer and powdered milk that both have dairy ingredients in them.

They also use a non-lactose milk, which is still real milk.

I believe they have corrected this, but don’t trust the menu if it says milk-teas are vegan. Confirm they have a vegan alternative to the creamer and milk powder they use before trusting their menus, due to the mislabeling that occurred a few years ago.

Now Kung Fu Tea has allergen menu, which helps you to find the dairy and honey free items.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does kung fu tea have vegan options?

Certainly, It does! It is easier to find those who are not vegan than the vegan ones. All of the classic and punch bubble tea (except two which include honey) are vegan. Several slush flavors do not include any animal products and you can choose from many plant-based toppings as well. Unfortunately, they do not have any alternative milk, so everything labeled as “milk” or “yogurt” is a no-go.

Is Kung Fu tea boba vegan?

Yes, It is! Both Popping Bubbles (Coffee/Grape/Mango), and Lychee Crystal Bubbles.

Cruelty Free Reviews

Cruelty Free Reviews

CrueltyFreeReviews serves as a digital guide and a handy manual for new vegans and experienced plant-based veterans alike. Founded back in 2018 by a group of plant-based enthusiasts, we are dedicated to a vegan lifestyle and animal rights. With our team having more than 10 years of plant-based guidance experience by now, we want to give back to the vegan community and support anyone on this journey.