Thai Iced Milk Tea shop Shop Soi 55 has gone from humble hawker stall at Golden Shoe to a dedicated Thai beverages and bites shop at One Shenton Way. They have also just opened another outlet at No 51 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3. WOW.
I remembered the one day during 2014 when I went down to the Golden Shoe Market intending to feature the uni-grads turned ‘hawkers’, behind the local start-up which was probably one of the first to sell Thai Iced Tea in a food centre.
The Thai beverages gained popularity with the CBD executives, and the owners eventually had to find a bigger space – at One Shenton Way (the building next to Asia Square, opposite SGX, diagonally opposite Lau Pa Sat).
Its other branch is at The Cathay.
The shop is so named due to the famous Sukhumvit Soi 55 street known for its exciting nightlife and cafe culture. 55 is also pronounced as “Haha” in Thai, a sign of laughter and joy.
If you haven’t realised, their Thai Iced Milk Tea has got a level higher, both in terms of aesthetics (can customise now) and taste (further fine-tuned).
Making this probably one of the most instagrammable Thai Milk Teas in Singapore.
Here are some of the To-Order at Soi 55:
Thai Milk Tea
The signature Cha Yen ($3.30) in a large 22oz cup version, with tea leaves coming from the familiar “Number One Brand”.
Soi’s 55 version has probably been modified to suit the local taste, and therefore not as sweet.
Personal reference, I thought it could be slightly milkier, and with more of that bitter-tea taste. However, I reckon the general customer base would enjoy this current rendition. Asked around, and many friends do say Soi 55 serves one of the best versions around.
Thai Milk Tea
Just so you know, their Thai Milk Tea now comes in convenient, take-away bottled versions ($4.90).
Hot Thai Milk Tea
There are also hot versions of their Thai Milk Coffee, Thai Rose Milk Tea, Thai Green Tea, Black Tea, Lemon Tea and Honey Tea series.
Thai Green Milk Tea
“Cha Kiaw Yen” ($3.30) a favourite among many (some say they prefer this to the actual Cha Yen). The cup has a good balance of sweetness, milky-ness and tea-after taste.
Thai Honey Green Tea
After trying out so many drinks, the Thai Honey Green Tea ($3.60) probably comes in as my Top 3.
This is best after you just want a big cup of cold drink after a day of running errands, refreshing with a hint of Jasmine, doesn’t come across as heavy comparatively.
“Paint Your Drink” Series
This is Thai Milk Tea like never before. You can choose your favourite drink, and add different coloured topping (additional $0.30 to $1) – fun, personalised, colourful.
Tip: For IG, pick 2-3 toppings for the colours. To drink, take your favourite… I think the Red Ruby generally goes well with most combinations.
White Kho Kho Nut Slushie
The Kho Kho Nut Slushie ($4.90) is a relatively new product, made using fresh coconut juice (I saw the Thai service staff open up one, and pour into the blender).
Perhaps due to the hot, humid weather, I found this particularly refreshing, cooling and filling at the same time. Could work well as a drink to sip at the office desk to perk the day up.
Thai Coconut Drink
For a more straight-forward coconut drink, Soi 55 also offers a version of fresh coconut juice ($5.20) with pieces of coconut flesh within.
Great for the health conscious and gym-goers for a post workout cool down drink.
Not many people actually knows Soi 55 serves food now. Only available at the One Shenton outlet, the Thai Kebab with fillings of chicken with special Thai Green Curry sauce is quite legit.
Crisp outer layer, and warm satisfying fillings, mildly spicy. Works great as a grab-and-go meal, better than some boring sandwiches if I may say.
Soi 55 – One Shenton Way
1 Shenton Way, Singapore 068803 (Raffles Place, Downtown MRT, building behind Asia Square)
Opening Hours: 7.30am – 5pm (Mon – Fri)
Soi 55 – Ang Mo Kio
No 51 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 #01-02A “51@AMK” Singapore 569922 (Ang Mo Kio MRT)
Soi 55 – The Cathay
The Cathay Level 5, 2 Handy Road Singapore 229233 (Dhoby Ghaut MRT)
Opening Hours: 2pm – 9:30 pm (Mon – Thurs), 11am – 12am (Fri – Sat), 11am – 9:30pm (Sun)
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Soi 55 and WhereWhatWow.