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)
* Written by Daniel’s Food Diary Cafe Correspondent Nicholas Tan. Otherwise known as @stormscape, you can find photos of his cafe adventures on Instagram.
March 22, 2017