For fans who missed Gong Cha in Singapore, the bubble tea shop has returned at Paya Lebar SingPost Centre.
Yeah! Or Yeah…?
Due to franchise issues, Gong Cha exited Singapore in May this year and all stores were converted to LiHo, leading to disappointed fans and so many media reports. There was no way to avoid scrolling my FB without seeing “LiHo” somehow in that entire week.
Actually, I am still not too sure what the whole fuss was about.
While the opening was met with huge fan-fare and media buzz, the line has more or less subsided.
Gong Cha Singapore has returned with its evergreen best-sellers, such as their Pearl Milk Tea ($3.20, $4.50), Earl Grey Milk Tea with 3J ($4.10, $5.10), Mango Green Tea ($3.00, $4.10), and Milk Foam Tea beverages ($3.00 – $5.00).
I just went straight to Alisan Milk Foam ($3.00, $4.00) which was my regular favourite.
The NEW Gong Cha will offer a range of brand new flavours, some of which are developed exclusively for Singapore consumers.
These include Purple Sweet Potato Milk Tea ($4.50, $5.80), Matcha with Red Bead ($4.30, $5.50), QQ Passion Fruit Green Tea ($4.10, $5.20), Lychee Oolong with Aloe Vera ($3.10, $4.20), Strawberry Popcorn Fresh Milk Tea, and Brown Sugar Fresh Milk Oolong ($4.30, $5.50).
I have not tried all the NEW drinks, but the Brown Sugar Fresh Milk Oolong ($4.30) and Matcha with Red Bead ($4.30) were the most promising.
The former had that rich, toffee-like flavour of brown sugar that would remind some of caramel, and the milk was quite smooth. The cup was quite sweet, so I would advice going low on the sugar on this one.
The eye-catching Purple Sweet Potato Milk Tea ($4.50) unfortunately tasted rather artificial and powdery, so would pass on thie.
Interesting to note that between May and now, in just a couple of months, many other similar shops such as Teafolia, ParTea, PlayMade, R&B Tea, HeeTea, Mr Tan and Hi Tea have all opened in Singapore serving fruit teas and cheese foam teas.
I guess one of the greatest beneficiary during Gong Cha’s absence is KOI, which queues only seemed to have got longer. Which brings me to the next question…
What is going to happen to LiHo?
SingPost Centre 10 Eunos Road #01-141A/141B Singapore 408600 (Paya Lebar MRT)
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10:00pm