If you still crave for bubble tea every other day, good news for you: It seems bubble tea trend is not going away any time soon.
In fact, new bubble tea flavours and variations have surfaced in the market, such as freshly brewed tea filled with chunks of fruit or toppings that are not the run-of-the-mill tapioca pearls.
A wider range of tea flavours is also available.
Some bubble teas even come with a fork for customers to pick at the chunks of fruit in the drink, such as watermelon cubes, passionfruit pulp and slices of lemon and lime.
Want to try this new and fruity breed of bubble tea? Scroll the gallery to see where you can get them in Singapore.
What: Tucked in the corner of the new SingPost Centre’s food-centric basement, HeeTea from China features a selection of cheese tea and fruit tea. Pick from Super Four Seasons Fruit Tea ($6), with passionfruit pulp, watermelon, strawberries, and slices of orange, lemon and lime; pomelo tea ($4.50); and pineapple fruit tea.
Where: B1-147 SingPost Centre, 10 Eunos Road 8, open: 11am to 10pm daily
Image: HeeTea’s Facebook
What: Besides its initial signature cheese tea options, the home-grown brand has amped up its offerings with fresh fruit drinks too.
It started offering lemon juice beverages and tea (from $2.90) in May and its avocado series was launched in September. Two weeks ago, it rolled out dragonfruit-based options – dragonfruit green tea ($4.20 or $5.20) and cheese dragonfruit smoothie ($6.90) made with fresh dragonfruit and fresh milk and topped with its signature cheese topping.
Where: All outlets including Bugis+, Clementi Mall, and White Sands, various opening hours
Image: LiHO’s Facebook
What: Mr Tan, located outside United Square mall near the Starbucks Reserve cafe, offers Royal Fruit Tea ($3.90), orange fruit tea ($3.90) and peach guava tea ($3.90), as well as fruit soda and milk tea with cheese milk foam topping.
Where: 01-K1A United Square, 101 Thomson Road, open: 11am to 9.30pm daily
Image: ST Photo
What: Have a tea Partea at this six-week-old tea store, which specialises in fruit and cheese teas. The Rainbow Tea series includes jasmine green tea ($6.50) with fruit such as watermelon, strawberry, mango, passionfruit pulp, and lime. The Sunrise Tea range includes green tea or sijichun tea with orange ($5.30) and gaoshan oolong tea with pineapple ($5.20, $6.40 with cheese). It also offers fresh milk tea, cold-brew Chinese tea and tea beancurd.
Where: 02-470 Suntec City, North Atrium, 3 Temasek Boulevard, open: 10.30am to 9.30pm daily
Image: Partea’s Facebook
PlayMade by One Zo
What: Famous Taiwanese bubble tea brand One Zo is now in Singapore under the name PlayMade by One Zo.
The name is a twist on the Chinese characters of the brand, which refer to the art of making its unique pearls. A special blend of flours from Taiwan is churned with pink cactus juice, caramel or ground sesame seeds. It is then kneaded by hand and put through a special machine to create the pearls. Matcha pearl, which is launched today, is available only this month.
A drink with the pearls costs an extra 80 cents for a medium cup and $1.20 for a large cup.
Some unique drink options include pink cactus smoothie ($4.60 or $5.90), cocoa latte ($4.20 or $5.70) and orange pulp green tea ($4.60 or $6.20) – part of its fresh fruit series.
Where: 01-59 Tampines 1, 10 Tampines Central 1, open: 10am to 10pm daily
Image: PlayMade by One Zo’s Facebook
What: Foodcourt operator Koufu has brought in its first tea brand in a joint venture with R&B Tea from Taiwan. Highlights at the two-month-old outlet include Mighty Luffy ($6.80), Hawaiian fruit tea with fruit chunks; Devil’s Booster ($4.20) of peach tea, pineapple and orange; as well as roasted oolong with tea cream ($4.50).
Its next outlet – a standalone kiosk at Block 470 Toa Payoh Lorong 6 – opens on Nov 21. On its first three days, it will be giving away 200 free cups of either milk tea with golden pearls or No. 23 oolong tea.
Where: 04-101/102 Cookhouse by Koufu, Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard, open: 10am to 9pm daily
Image: R&B Tea’s Facebook
What: Fruit tea is Teafolia’s focus. It offers options such as its signature fruit tea ($5.90) with sliced green apple, watermelon, lemon, lime and pineapple pulp; Kiwi Karate ($5.80) with mashed kiwi fruit; and Grapefruit Gravity ($5.50) with sliced grapefruit and grapefruit bits. The menu also features a “Stirring Milk” range of beverages, as well as smoothies.
Where: Two outlets at 01-29/30 Tampines MRT station, 20 Tampines Central 1, open: 11am to 10pm (weekdays), 11am to 10.30pm (weekends); and 01-K1 Bedok Mall, 311 New Upper Changi Road, open: 11am to 10pm daily
Image: Teafolia’s Facebook
What: You cannot miss U-Cha, with its gigantic bear mascot fronting the stores. To order, first choose a base of cheese tea ($4.20), fruit tea ($4.50), pure tea ($3.20) or fresh milk tea ($4.20).
Next, pick the type of tea, from Earl Grey to lychee black and rose oolong. The fruit in tea options include watermelon chunks and orange slices.
Where: Two outlets – 02-13A Nex, 23 Serangoon Central; and 01-37 313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Road, open: 11am to 10pm daily
Image: ST Photo
Image: Lim Yaohui / The Straits Times
Text: Eunice Quek / The Straits Times / November 2017
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