The Koi force is formidable. My virgin experience with this drink was at its first branch at Toa Payoh in 2008. And that was THE bubble tea that brought me unforgettable feelings and memories of being in Taiwan again. It was on my Top 10 Food List that Year.
It was not only the smoothness of the milk tea, but the chewiness of the bubbles that none of the local stores can quite replicate. Moreover, there was an option of selecting the sugar level of the milk tea (50% for a healthier choice), which was very ‘Taiwan’.
Koi used to serve mini-pearls or mixed pearls which were my absolute favorites. The different sizes made it more fun to chew and experiment with idiosyncratic eating styles within, but unfortunately they only serve same-sized peals now.
Koi had its humble beginnings as 50嵐, by a Mr馬瑞東 in the Tainan Province in 1994. It quickly gained popularity and expanded to the other regions. 2006 was the life-changing year when it expanded into coffee and when “Koi” was branded to target the trendy and overseas markets.
If you have seen the queues at Toa Payoh, People’s Park, AMK and Marina Parade, you would know that Singaporeans have gone crazy over this. Last week, I dropped by Toa Payoh at 10.00pm on a weekday night, but the branch was crowded with people waiting for their bubble treasures. The good news for Koi fans is, I see one more branch coming up at Illuma.
Koi Cafe, 190A Toa Payoh Central #01-562 Tel: +65 6256 1169
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Daily)