Tuk Tuk Cha – Thai Iced Tea Made Its Way To Suntec City

Tuk Tuk Cha  – Thai Iced Tea Made Its Way To Suntec City

[Updated] The Tuk Tuk Cha Suntec outlet (previously at level 2 had shifted to Basement 1, showcasing a more comprehensive menu from mains (Chinese La Mian) to desserts (Shibuya Toast) to drinks (Thai Milk Tea).

Thailand’s iconic transport vehicle, Tuk Tuk, managed to park right at Suntec, selling the symbolic drink the Cha- Yen, also known as Thai Ice Tea.

Tuk Tuk Car transformed into Tuk Tuk Cha. The fusion of Thailand’s 2 most symbolic icons is brilliant.

Opened by the folks behind Bedok Point $1 Thai Boat Noodle, the family- oriented dine-in restaurant diversified to a hipster café takeaway shop.

A tuk tuk was parked in house, modified into a long communal table for dine- in. We saw many people taking #OOTD shots with it and uploaded on social media, perhaps wanting their friends to believe that they were in Thailand.

Tuk Tuk Cha’s signature drink was the Thai Milk Tea (Cha- Yen) that came in both hot ($1.70) and cold ($2.80). An upsized cold drink is an additional $0.40.

Toppings such as pearl, coconut jelly, caramel jelly and mango pearls were available at an additional $0.50. We tried both with and without toppings and preferred the latter for a more unadulterated taste.

The Thai Milk Tea had a distinct tea scent and not overly sweet. However, the subtle bitterness in the tea did not surface and the texture wasn’t rich enough to leave an impression. A friend commented ”Taste like Teh- O leh”.

Another signature drink was the Thai Green Milk Tea ($2.80) for regular and $3.20 for a large cup. We preferred this to the Thai Milk Tea as it was richer, smoother and sweeter.

Wait. Hojicha for $4.80?

Not related to Thai, but Japanese teas are popular in Bangkok. The owners imported the ingredients from Japan and it was distinctively fragrant, with strong tea savour, and less milkiness than what some commercial coffee chains offer.

Mango Stick Rice ($6), Golden Toast ($3 – $3.80) and savory toast such as Tom Yam Toast ($2.50) are also available.

Many would be familiar with After You’s thick Shibuya Toast. Tuk Tuk Cha’s attempts a copy, sans the maple syrup and ice cream.

We loved the golden brown crispy toast that was crunchy. Their homemade pandan kaya dip was worth a mention, with distinct coconut taste that reminded us of the old- school traditional morning breakfast at our coffee-shops.

Tuk Tuk Cha reminded us of a piece of Thailand with the physical Tuk Tuk and the food offering.

If they can make slight adjustment to their iconic Thai Milk Tea, and probably include a Shibuya Toast instead of their current toast, this would be a bigger hit.

Tuk Tuk Cha
Suntec City #B1-173/174, 3 Temasek Boulevard Singapore 039593 (5-10 min walk from Promenade MRT)
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Other Related Entries
5 Best Thai Iced Milk Tea In Singapore
Café Pal (Middle Road)
Thai Boat Noodle (Bedok Point)
Haha Thai (Ngee Ann City)
Soi 55 (Golden Shoe)

* Written by Daniel’s Food Diary Cafe Correspondent Nicholas Tan. Otherwise known as @stormscape, you can find photos of his cafe adventures on Instagram.

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  1. Hi to who it may be concern, I am a food blogger with quite a numbers of followers in my facebook account.

    19/08/2017, 7.02pm, i brought my girlfirend to this restuarant located at nex and have a very unhappy experience.

    1st of all, We are a regulars nex customer. We order Northern tomyum nooble and beef noodle ehich happened to be our favorite. When our food came, we recieved 2 big prawn instead of 3. Upon confrontation with the staff. We was shocked to recieve rude customer service from the staff. We remained diplomacy in our conversation as we are not a demending customer. We just want to know why is there short of one prawn in her northern tomyum noodles. All the staff folded their arms and reply. Oh that picture was to there to show the illustration. We felt cheated of our money.

    2nd – I informed to one of the staff to serve aloha coconut ice cream later after we finished our meal. One of the staff name Amy (Cashier at time of her service) serve our Aloha Coconut without any instruction from us. When asked her why do you serve. She said i serve when i want to serve. Please terminate her employment as i believe this bad employee should not work in your company.

    Looking forward to the reply. If there is no reply given. I will escalate this case to the CEO of the tuk tuk cha.

    Thank you.

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