Xing Fu Tang’s first Singapore perm outlet is stated to open at Century Square at the end of June.
For those who are more eager to try it out soon, it is available at a pop-up at Takashimaya basement from 30th May to 16th June. The queue is VERY LONG though (things we do for bubble tea).
Xing Fu Tang 幸福堂 first opened in Taiwan in January 2018, and its popularity quickly increased to more than 40 stores by the end of the year.
You can find it at various parts of Taipei, from Ximending, Da’an, Jiu Fen, Gong Guan, Shi Da, Rao He Night Market, Shi Lin Night Market, Tong Hua Night Market, Kee Lung Temple, and Taipei Train Station.
Even though I tried the brand in Taipei, I wanted to taste how it is like in Singapore.
The line can get quite long during the peak hours and weekends, so I headed back again during weekday opening hours, and there were just a couple of customers. Thankfully.
Available drinks include the Brown Sugar Boba Milk ($5.30) and Damacus Rose Tea with Lemon ($4.90). That’s all.
(I think pop-ups are a smart way nowadays to test market response and first iron out operations.)
Xing Fu Tang is best known for its “stir-fried” Brown Sugar Boba Milk, with the pearls done the ‘traditional way’.
What is special is that the boba pearls are steeped in brown sugar, ‘stir-fried’ in front of you, and scooped quickly into the cup.
The server would make turns of the cup so that there would be ‘tiger stripes’ formed on the inside of the cup.
That is not over. After adding milk and cream, a sprinkling of brown sugar is included on the top, then torched for a caramelised finished.
What you are supposed to do is to stir the drink 18 times to mix all the components up, but I know some people prefer to first suck up the boba pearls.
Xing Fu Tang’s Brown Sugar Boba Milk tasted creamier and richer than usual, even though it uses the same brand of milk as many other bubble tea shops in Singapore.
I reckon it is due to the proportion of whipped cream.
However, I could imagine some people finding this too heavy and milky, especially if you finish a cup of your own after lunch.
I actually liked bits of caramelised brown sugar, which added tiny ‘crunches’ as you take sips.
The pearls were above average, softer than how I remembered it to be. Compared to some other brands which were way too sweet, I found this quite manageable.
The Damacus Rose Tea with Lemon ($4.90) was surprisingly refreshing with obvious floral scent. I like lemons anyway, so the sourness was enjoyable.
However, for the price, I think most customers may just choose to skip this.
The pop-up at Takashimaya basement will last till 16th June (Sun).
Xing Fu Tang Singapore
Century Square #01-22, 2 Tampines Central 5, Singapore 529509 (Opening June 2019)