Bobii Frutii 珍珠水果特調 – Taiwan’s Instagrammable Bubble Tea, At Yong Kang Street And Eslite Xinyi
[Taipei, Taiwan] Is this the return Of The Taiwanese Bubble Tea craze in Singapore?
Catching up on the trend of both Taiwanese bubble tea and Instagrammable drinks such as colourful layered drinks seen in night markets, Taiwanese-brand Bobii Frutii will be opening its very first store in Singapore at The Clementi Mall.
Known for their beautiful (and Instagrammable) layers made using milk, tea and colourful pearls, with no artificial flavourings, man-made essences, creamer or preservatives, Bobii Frutii has a total of 4 outlets in Taiwan and China.
Having tried the original store located in Taipei, their signature items have funky names that make me wonder about the flavours.
Think “Don’t Want To Work” (NT$80, SGD$3.60), “Mermaid’s Tears” (NT$100, SGD$4.50), “Childhood Memories” (NT$100, SGD$4.50) and “Uji Snow” (NT$120, SGD$5.40).
I had the Mermaid’s Tears” (NT$100, SGD$4.50), made using a ice blended concoction of mango, lemon, honey, milk and bobii dyed blue with butterfly pea flowers that resembled a mermaid’s tear.
Like all other butterfly pea drinks, the Bobii (Taiwanese slang for tapioca pearls) turned purple in contact with acidic drinks such as lemon juice.
The drink tasted like lemonade, light and refreshing, with plump and chewy pearls.
I also had the Don’t Want To Work (NT$80, SGD$3.60), a beverage of Oolong Tea, Milk, and Butterfly Pea Bobii Pearls.
After the blend was stirred together, the mix was somehow very muted and I wished there was more of the tea fragrance.
The pearls also tasted bland, though this is in comparison with the many other memorable bubble tea cups I had in Taipei.
The Uji Snow (NT$120, SGD$5.40) with matcha, milk and original bobii was the better cup with subtle tea bitterness and light sweetness from the milk.
For the Singapore store, pearls that are preservative-free come in 3 different flavours: Original, Butterfly Pea and Brown Sugar. They are first made in Taiwan and air-flown to Singapore.
Prices in Singapore are approximately $1-1.50 more expensive than our Taiwanese counterpart, with Mermaid’s Tears priced at $5.90 and Uji Snow at $6.50.
With a total of 30 over drinks to choose from, the menu is divided into four categories (similar to Taiwan) — Tea/Au Lait (“served with milk” in French), Ice Blend, Matcha and Fruit Tea.
While majority of the items is similar to Taiwan, some local flavours will include a range of “Cheese Tea” (quite common these days I guess).
Will Bobii Frutii survive the bubble tea war? Let’s Bo Bi (保庇 means “pray” in Hokkien) for them.
Bobii Frutii 珍珠水果特調
Eslite Xinyi Store, Basement 2 No. 11, Songgao Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
(Note: Bobii Frutti at Dundua South Road has closed, and will move to Yong Kang Street in 2018.)
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