Tiger Sugar Singapore – Popular Brown Sugar Milk Shop Opens At Capitol Piazza, And I Braved The One Hour Queue
Less than a year since opening of first store in November 2017, Tiger Sugar has already garnered a large fanbase from Taiwan to Hong Kong.
Many are willing to queue up even before the shop opens, in which the waiting time can be more than an hour.
The “Tiger Sugar” name came about from the ‘tiger stripes’ formed when the dark brown sugar syrup interacts with the thick milk in the cup. In fact, the word “tiger” has been used by many other tea brands to name their Brown Sugar Milk drinks. No other more creative ways, ah?
The story of my life: I spent a good deal of time queuing (again) for bubble team, this time slightly more 60 minutes. Gosh.
As for the consolation, the line was within air-conditioned premises (connected to the City Hall MRT basement exit) so it didn’t get THAT unbearable queuing.
(The funny thing is: there is a LiHo right beside Tiger Sugar, the contrast is obvious, and the staff did look quite amused at the long queue.)
The Tiger Sugar brand do not prefer a complicated menu but rather focus making each drink by a series of quality controls in the process to bring out the taste of each ingredient.
Therefore, you cannot customise the sugar level, amount of ice or toppings, compared to all the other bubble tea brands. (You won’t get people holding up the queue because they cannot decide for their life how much sugar they want.)
The main best sellers are the Brown Sugar Boba Milk with Cream Mousse ($5.30), Brown Sugar Boba with Pearls with Cream Mousse ($5.30) and Brown Sugar Pearl Milk with Cream Mousse ($5.30).
There are also Black Tea Latte ($4.30) and Green Tea Latte ($4.30) available.
”So what’s the difference between Boba and Pearls ah?”
Boba are the bigger tapioca pearls, while pearls are the smaller ones. If you want to try both, get the mixture.
For instagrammers, when you get your cups, shoot them IMMEDIATELY as the tiger stripes would disappear within a minute. For those who take eternity for your selfies, then good luck.
Shake the cup for a total of 15 times to get the brown sugar mixed in properly. Why 15? Because Tiger Sugar said so.
To me, the best part of the drink was the caramelised sugar, the distinct fragrance hitting you before you even start drinking. It was as if gula melaka has been bottled up into aromatherapy fragrance.
Four types of Taiwanese brown sugar are incorporated to make the syrup. And for that amount of syrup included, it was surprisingly not THAT sweet, such that you won’t feel jelak (rich) finishing the whole cup.
The milk was creamier than usual, as higher fat content Meiji Milk was included. Also, the ice used is special whiskey-grade cubes so that they do not melt that easily and dilute the drink.
As for the pearls, get the boba ones which had a chewier mouthful compared to the pearls. However, we thought they were cooked too soft, and lacked that QQ springy bite.
I thought that the Tiger Sugar Brown Sugar Milk was a fairly decent cup, definitely one of the best versions you can find in Singapore
As to whether I would queue this long again, maybe not. You know lah, as with all the other bubble tea shops, the queue will subside in time to come – it is just when.
By the way, Tiger Sugar will open another branch next month. Look out here for updates.
Capitol Piazza #B2-32, 13 Stamford Road, Singapore 178905
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
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