Bubble Tea, Bubble Tea everywhere. And will this bubble (no pun intended) burst?
There is a new kid in the Tanjong Pagar Plaza block, not another Taiwanese franchise but a local setup selling a home brand of bubble tea. Something to be proud of.
This 2-month Woobbee (name derived from the Chinese word of 无比) was highly recommended a friend, who urged me to try it on Tues with a 20% discount.
Started, concocted, and devised by entrepreneur Irene, it took her a good 10 years to finally decide to open her very own bubble tea shop. As a teenager, she was a helper at a popular bubble tea shop at Ngee Ann City (which I suspect was Cool Station), subsequently becoming a coffee barrister in London. Making drinks was in her blood. And her skills helped her to create different appealing flavours to an otherwise boring drink.
She candidly shared that it was the taste of Koi which revived her dream of starting this place. So the two dollar fifty cent question: How did this compare to Koi?
I found the frothy milk tea ($2.50) smooth and lightly flavoured, complemented with chewy large pearls. It was refreshing but could not match Koi’s distinct and unique tea taste. I preferred smaller pearls too as you would not want to spend half your time chewing.
However, the Yakult Lemon Green with Aloe Vera ($3.30) was almost a perfect combination, as all the ingredients together had a fruity citrusy yet cooling taste, very suitable for a long walk back to office under the hot sun.
Another recommendation would be the Caramel Milk Tea with Pudding ($3.30). The caramel was not overly sweet, though I wished the pudding could be silkier so that it would be easier to suck up the straw.
Good news for weight watchers, Woobbee used only raw sugar in their tea, so it would mean less calories with a more natural taste.
I had 4 cups over 2 days (Help!). While the young Woobbee was still finding its edge, I liked its colourful branding and premium refined taste, ie the tea did not taste cheap! I would come back again.
Woobbee, 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-18 S082001 Tel: 62208220
Mon to Sat: 10.30am – 7.30pm (Closed on Sundays)