Jing lor? Thai iced milk tea, otherwise known as Cha Yen or Cha Nom Yen is fast becoming the hot drink (pun not intended) to look out for. (Read: 5 Best Thai Iced Milk Tea In Singapore)
Singaporeans do not just love it in the drink form. We are finding this flavour used in ice cream, cakes, jams and even macarons.
12 Thai Iced Milk Tea Desserts. Aroy Mak Mak!
80 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 048466 (Telok Ayer MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Daily, Last Order 9:30pm.
Express Takeaway Lane Opens 8am – 6pm
Toast With Thai Tea Dip
The newest kid on the block, Cha Thai provides CBD friends with a tea time snack of Golden Brown Toasted Cubes ($8) with Thai Tea flavoured dip. The dip is somewhat like pandan-flavoured kaya, and not too sweet.
While this is a new-to-market restaurant, the Cha Thai team has already established a name with Loaves Me at SMU, being one of the first cafes in Singapore to offer Shibuya brick toast a few years back.
#01-25 1 Irving Place, Singapore Singapore 369546 (Tai Seng MRT)
Telephone: +65 9137 5697
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm (Tue-Sun), Closed Mon
Charcoal Waffles with Thai Milk Tea Ice Cream
A café at Tai Seng. 23 Jumpin’s Charcoal Waffles ($12) with that crispy outer layer, topped with torched marshmallow, chocolate sauce and a fat scoop of Thai milk tea ice cream may scream sweetness galore, but can lift moods up. Note: the Thai milk tea ice cream may not be available all the time. (Read: 23 Jumpin Tai Seng)
128, Toa Payoh Lorong 1. #01-835, Singapore 310128
Tel: +65 6250 1476
Opening hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tue-Thu), 12pm – 11pm (Fri- Sat), 12pm – 10pm (Sun), Closed Mon
Thai Milk Tea Ice Cream
It won’t be wrong to say that Creamier is one of the ‘culprits’ to spur this ice cream café craze. Their ice cream churned fresh from the kitchen, is as its name goes – creamy. The Thai milk tea ice cream is dense, though not overly sweet with a light tea taste.
22 Lim Tua Tow Road, Singapore 547772
Tel: +65 6287 8880
Opening hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon-Tue, Thu), 12pm – 11pm (Fri), 9.30am – 11pm (Sat-Sun)
Bangkok Toast with Thai Milk Tea Ice Cream
Sunday Market sells one of my favourite Thai Milk Tea in Singapore, but it is $7! Its signature Bangkok Toast ($10.90) is… unexpected. A sweet cinnamon brioche toast served with matcha green tea custard AND Thai Milk Tea ice cream. Can be quite ‘lang-gah’ (clashing) actually. But I can have two scoops of that ice cream on its own.
The Cold Pantry
131 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218409
Opening hours: 12pm -9pm (Mon, Wed-Thurs), 12pm -10pm (Fri-Sun), Closed on Tue
Thai Milk Tea Yogurt
Before The Cold Pantry got all around Instagram with their root beer soft serve, they have already been known for serving Thai Milk Tea Yogurt. Yes, froyo on top of buttermilk waffles or Thai Milk tea itself.
[Closed] Thai in Town
244P Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574369
Tel: +65 8687 9990
Opening hours: 11.30am – 11pm (Mon-Fri), 11am – 11pm (Sat-Sun)
Toast and Steamed Bread with Thai Tea Jam
If you want an alternative to kaya, Thai In Town has Thai Tea Jam which you can match with toasted bread or steamed bread (that comes in those dim sum baskets). Though the ‘jam’ is really just sweet and thick like kaya. (Their tea-time set with a drink used to cost $3.90, but we are not sure how long this promo had continued.)
Dutch Colony at Frankel Ave
113 Frankel Avenue, Singapore 458230
Telephone: +65 6448 5852
Opening hours: 8am – 8pm (Sun-Thurs), 8am – 10pm (Fri-Sat)
Thai Milk Tea Loaf
Classic Thai Milk Tea in a loaf ($5 per slice) – moist with condensed milk frosting and crunchy crumbles. Best eaten warm with a cup of coffee.
[Closed] Haha Thai
Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Rd, #05-29, Singapore 238873 (Orchard MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Mon-Thurs), 11am – 10pm (Fri-Sun)
A twist to the traditional tiramisu. This Thai-ramisu ($9.80) dessert has Thai Iced Milk Tea infused lady-fingers layered with mascarpone cheese, freshly whipped cream, with cocoa and brandy.
Psssssss… … Haha Thai also offers Thai Milk Tea lava cake. I dare not take full credit, but I think this is what I suggested for them to have. 55555. (Read: Haha Thai Ngee Ann City)
Crème Maison Bakery
50A Prinsep Street #02-01 Singapore 188680 (10 min walk from Dhoby Gaut MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 7pm (Fri-Sun)
Thai Milk Tea Cupcakes
Walk-in orders are only available during weekends, but you can still get your cupcakes and slices of their goodies, which should be a photogenic treat.
You must try their top-selling Thai Milk Tea infused ($3.80) cupcakes with a Thai tea fudged core and whipped milk cream cheese frosting. Moist and you can totally taste the Thai-ness.
[Closed] Chick and Ken
21 Lorong Telok Raffles Park Singapore 049033
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm (Mon-Fri), 12pm – 10pm
Thai Milk Tea Bingsu
This one win. Thai Milk Tea on Korean Bingsu sold by Singaporeans. Thai inspired Cha-Yen Bingsu ($12.90) which came with syringes where you can squeeze in condensed milk. So gimmicky hor. The honeyed corn flakes were delightful, but the overall dessert was one-dimensionally sweet.
201 Victoria Street #02-50, Singapore 188067 (Bugis+ level 2 link bridge)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
Thai Milk Tea Mochi Ice Cream
It just gets weirder. Kane Mochi offers Japanese style chewy mochi ($2.30), with creamy ice cream within. (Tip: Let the mochi thaw for a good few minutes before consumption.)
Sng Bao Society
Available at various pop-up stores and Laneway Market (266 Tanjong Katong Road)
Thai Milk Tea Sng Bao
Remember those ice packs that look like a tube? Sng Bao were the local versions of ‘ice cream’, and cost 20 cent during my childhood days. Sng Bao Society offer these frozen treats with a taste of nostalgia, yet boosting flavours of Watermelon Soju and Thai Milk Tea. May need to suck hard.
Also check out Thai Milk Tea Macaron from Bonheur Patisserie (The Grandstand), and these 5 places which offer good Thai Iced Milk Tea.
Do let us know if you come across any ground-breaking Thai Milk Tea desserts. Khob Khun Krub!
* Compiled by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Nicholas Tan @stormscape. For the love of Thai, Daniel is currently taking Thai language classes, and had promised to make his teacher a mean glass of Cha Yen. After many lessons, his teacher is still waiting.