Thai Iced Milk Tea is becoming the next bubble tea in Singapore, meaning it is almost fashionable to drink it. Now you can even bring Cha Yen to the cinemas. The first (permitted) in this country I suppose.
Soi 55 has earned a fan base with its first stall at Golden Shoe Raffles Place. Its second is on the 5th level of The Cathay. The shop pronounced “ha ha” in Thai, is probably banking on the large student population in the vicinity.
The benefit: You can bring Thai Milk Tea into the cinema.
Other than their original four – The Thai Milk Tea, Thai Rose Milk Tea, Thai Green Milk Tea and Thai Milk Coffee (all $3.90) , there are some new offerings of Thai Honey Green Tea ($3.60), Milk Tea Slushie ($4.90) and Kho Kho Nut Milk Slushie ($5.90)
Toppings such as pearls, sago, chin chow, red ruby and hashima are at an additional 30 cents to $2.80.
The prices are more than what many would be expected to pay, the extra cost also because drinking that is allowed in this theatre. (Question: Would you have paid that much for ‘Cinema Coke’ if you are just going to take it away.)
In my half-baked Thai, I asked the Thai staff at the counter what would she recommend.
“Cha kiaw yen”, which means ‘green milk tea’.
I actually liked it. There was a good balance of sweetness, milky-ness and tea-after taste, The other cup I enjoyed was the Thai Honey Green Tea ($3.60), cool and refreshing with a hint of Jasmine.
The signature Cha Yen ($3.90) has probably been modified to suit the local taste, and I reckon the general customer base would enjoy this current rendition. Personal reference, I thought there should be more of that bitter-tea taste and the amount of ice could be slightly reduced.
Some snack food was available – Grilled Bananas with Coconut Cream ($4.90) and Warm (steamed) Toast with Kaya Fondue ($6.90). The younger movie-goers may prefer something more crisp and hip as cinema food.
The Cathay Level 5, 2 Handy Road Singapore 229233 (Dhoby Ghaut MRT)
Opening Hours: 2pm – 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 2pm – 11:30pm (Fri), 11am – 11:30pm (Sat)