The first thing that comes to mind about Taiwan will be their bubble milk tea, which can be found everywhere there.
It is hard to decide which is the best and the most popular brand, since milk tea can be found everywhere in Taiwan. So brands have to do more to differentiate, generally from both branding and packaging.
Chu Tang 初堂, a brand which originates from Tai Chung with another franchise outlet in Taipei, has opened their first outlet outside Taiwan in Singapore.
Their concept is slightly different from the usual bubble tea shop, offering more than just Taiwanese milk tea.
Instead, their focus is on their Cuban sandwiches (is this a Taiwanese thing?), known to be a popular supper food item among the Taiwanese locals for quick and fuss-free options.
However, my attention was quickly drawn to the Milk Tea ($4.90) instead, packed in a carrier bag, commonly seen in night markets and not in the usual bubble tea cup.
“放感情” which means “to put emotions in it” are the 3 Chinese characters written on the bag, does have that touch of Taiwanese “wen qing” sentimentality in simple three words.
With only one flavour available (additional pearls or toppings not available), I personally found the pricing on the high side.
The Milk Tea ($4.90) was quite different from the usual Taiwanese milk tea that I had before, made up of a combination of Ceylon tea and Earl Grey tea leaves.
Without any ice cubes added, the milk tea wasn’t diluted over time, but stayed chilled and smooth, with distinct earl grey tea notes.
Not bad, though I am not referring to the price.
Their signature Cuban Sandwich ($7.90) comes in 2 different flavours: BBQ Pork and Pari-Pari Chicken.
Topped with cheese before melting it, the BBQ Pork has a sweeter taste compared to the Pari-Pari Chicken, which is more spicy.
The first few bites were enjoyable, but it could get a little boring halfway through.
Unlike the Cuban sandwich in Taiwan which has a thinner and crispier crust, the Cuban sandwiches here in Singapore is thicker and more starchy.
I shall look forward to more varieties in future as the current offerings don’t really warrant a re-visit.
Well the good news is, I heard that Bento Set such as Taiwanese braised pork and Wraps will be available soon.
Chu Tang Singapore 初堂
7 Fraser Street, Duo Galleria #B3-07, Singapore 189356
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon-Fri), 11am – 6pm (Sat), Closed Sun
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.