27 January 2023

Five minutes with Gaurav Banga, Bubbles n Tea

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Gaurav Banga

Gaurav Banga opened Bubbles n Tea two years ago. Photo: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

Who is Gaurav Banga? The business owner of Bubbles n Tea. I am a family person who enjoys travelling, going on weekend trips and playing basketball. I decided to open up Bubbles n Tea two years ago. It took me a lot of planning and saving up. I moved to Wagga five years ago from Sydney – everything is just too expensive in Sydney. Wagga is much more affordable to save money.

Best recent dining experience: Habibi Chicken. It was a pretty good environment with nice music.

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Favourite cuisine: My favourite cuisine will have to be (after thinking about it for several moments)…KFC.

Most embarrassing pantry item: Embarrassing pantry item…I’m not sure about that.

Bubbles N Tea offers a range of flavours to taste. Photo: Bubbles N Tea.

What ingredient can I not live without? I can’t live without salt.

Best coffee spot in Wagga: Best coffee spot would definitely have to be Fast Lane Drive Thru Coffee. It’s quick and easy and tastes delicious.

Next big thing in the Wagga food scene: I think everything is opening up in Wagga. Maybe some more franchises like Krispy Kreme would be great.

Bubbles n Tea has a variety of special drinks with varying themes. Photo: Bubbles N Tea.

A must-try on our menu: A must-try on our menu is the Bubblegum frappe.

My biggest culinary influence: My mum. She’s a good cook and makes great Indian food.

Favourite cookbook: Nabiha’s Kitchen’s cookbook Recipe Of My Life. She’s got an interesting life story and has everything in it.

One of the delights at Bubbles N Tea. Photo: Bubbles N Tea.

Who I admire in the Wagga food and wine scene? Nabiha Koriaty. She’s down to earth and has a big heart. She’s hard working – works seven days morning till night. And she says all her energy is just from God helping her…she’s very humble.

What are this week’s specials at Bubble n Tea? We do monthly series and try and do limited-time series. We’ve had kiwifruit and Christmas special drinks, and for Halloween, we had a spooky drink with snakes and eyeballs.

Death row meal: South Indian breakfast. Dosa (thin pancake), idli (steamed protein rice cake), vada (donut-shaped crispy, fluffy lentil fritters) with chutney and coconut curry.

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My least favourite food: My least favourite food would be sushi.

My top three cooking tips: Extra oil, salt and love.

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