Yomie’s is Bringing Australia’s Rice Yogurt Trend to San Francisco

The purple rice yogurt shop is expected to open in Lakeside by the end of the month.
Yomie's is Bringing Australia's Purple Rice Yogurt Trend to San Francisco
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Australia-based yogurt shop Yomie’s Rice x Yogurt is opening another Bay Area location — this time, in San Francisco. Yinlee Wu, who owns the new spot at 2620 Ocean Avenue in Lakeside, says she hopes to open the yogurt shop by the end of June 2021.

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Yomie’s (a portmanteau of “Yo” and “Homie”) specializes in purple rice yogurts and drinks, and has been a participant in the growing purple rice yogurt trend in Australia (similar to the US fro-yo and bubble tea crazes).

If you don’t know what purple rice yogurt is, fear not. The US hasn’t quite adopted the craze the way the Australians have — yet. Purple rice is a sweet, chewy rice originating from Asia, high in protein, fiber, and antioxidants. To make the yogurt drink, the rice is steamed then blended with fresh yogurt, resulting in a drink that resembles milkshake.

In case you’re wondering — yes, purple rice yogurt is delicious. And yes, you should go try one. Yomie’s already has locations in Millbrae and San Leandro, but if you’re new to the stuff and don’t want to stray outside of San Francisco, head to the new Yomie’s this summer for your first taste (we recommend their purple rice and red bean yogurt).

Sydney Rende

Sydney Rende

Sydney Rende is a freelance writer and soon-to-be graduate of Syracuse University’s MFA program in Creative Writing. Her work has been published in The New York Times Style Magazine, The Michigan Quarterly Review, The New Ohio Review online, and Carve Magazine. She lives in Southern California, where she’s completing her first short story collection and desperately trying to conform to surf culture.
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