Story originally appeared on FoodCary.
Cary, NC – Rolled ice cream and boba milk tea are growing trends in America borrowed from East Asia, and a new store in Cary is making these treats. The Milk Lab uses natural ingredients and is constantly experimenting with new flavors and recipes.
Experimenting with Flavors
Milk Lab, located on Tryon Road in Wellington Park Shopping Center, is owned by Bin Chen and Sandy Lam. The two met while attending North Carolina State University and combined Chen’s interest in rolled ice cream and Lam’s interest in boba (or bubble tea as some Americans may better recognize it) into one business.
Rolled ice cream is a popular street food in Thailand and Chen said it has been hitting major cities in the United States for a few years now, before coming to Cary when Milk Lab opened in December 2017.
“We experimented for a year on ingredients, flavors and techniques to make it,” Chen said. “There’s a good bit of science involved. You have to get the composition and fat content just right to be able to roll it.”
With both the ice cream and teas, Chen said the store focuses on all-natural ingredients and is always looking to find new flavors and drinks.
“We’re always messing with new ingredients. It’s how Milk Lab got the name,” Chen said. “It really is a lab in here.”
Milk Lab is located at 6418 Tryon Rd.
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Story by Michael Papich. Photos by Michael Papich and Milk Lab.