Bubble tea fans were so worried momentarily that their favourite drink would be banned. Ever since beverages, jams and jellies manufactured in Taiwan were test for DEHP contamination, bubble tea chains in Singapore are hot on their toes.
Gong Cha 贡茶 has earlier voluntarily stopped selling its fruit-flavoured drinks because the flavoured syrup comes from a Taiwanese supplier. While supplier is not one of those affected, Gong Cha wants to play extra caution. The good news is for fans is that ALL their juices have been tested in Taiwan, and has passed all the required tests.
And yes, this is my first post on Gong Cha. (Don’t ask me why.) Gong Cha was first established in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 2006, and has taken Hong Kong, China, Macau and Singapore by storm. It has 15 branches in Singapore and growing. And when I first had it years back at City Square Mall, it had no business. The service staff were bored and just sitting around. Things change.
Some interesting trivia: “Gong Cha” means the ancient act of offering tea to royalty. And there are three ways of drinking Gong Cha.
1) Milk Moustache – without stirring, sip the tea from the top layer of milk creamy foam
2) Tea Off – Without stirring, sip the tea from the bottom with a straw to savour the tea first
3) All in One – stir both layers together and drink up!
Though I must say Singaporeans seems to be getting less of a deal out of their Gong Cha from their Hong Kong counterparts. It came in a sturdy cup with clean clear plastic wrapper. The large cup I bought at Central (and Singapore has only one size) cost me only HK$13. That works out to be $2.06! Why are we paying so much more?! However… the tea in Singapore strangely taste better and less watery.