Global chain Yomie’s Rice x Yogurt is coming to San Diego where its first location is slated to open later this year at Convoy Street’s Plaza Del Sol center which also houses Bonchon Chicken, Eastern Dynasty, and the still-rebuilding China Max. Offering an alternative to boba drinks, Yomie’s specializes in shakes and smoothies made with purple rice, also known as forbidden rice, which has a nutty flavor and pleasantly chewy texture, mixed with fresh fruit and tangy yogurt; many of its stores even make the yogurt in-house.
The Australia-born company debuted back in 2018 in Sydney’s Chinatown district and has since expanded to over 400 outposts around the world, including a handful of shops in California.
Serving beverages that have become hugely trendy across China and Southeast Asia, Yomie’s Rice x Yogurt’s drinks are available at different levels of sweetness. Its bestseller is purple rice yogurt, but other popular items range from mango pomelo sago yogurt, durian yogurt, and red bean yogurt to honeydew or grape green tea smoothies. Heartier selections include blended oats and yogurt flavored with jujube or hawthorn fruit.