Foamed drinks, also known as “macchiato” or 奶盖 (nai gai) in many bubble tea shops, have been around for years, but become more trendy of late.
From milk tea, coffee, to even Thai milk tea, the smooth and fluffy foamed topping may add more creamy texture, joy and of course calories to the existing drinks.
Recently, almost every NEW bubble tea shop are going into cheese tea. Once a novelty item, not anymore.
Here are 12 Foamed Milk Tea that make you go “Calories!” and “Jin Ho” – that means “very good”
SingPost Centre 10 Eunos Road #01-141A/141B Singapore 408600 (Paya Lebar MRT)
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10:00pm
Gong Cha Singapore has returned with its evergreen best-sellers, such as their Pearl Milk Tea ($3.20, $4.50), Earl Grey Milk Tea with 3J ($4.10, $5.10), Mango Green Tea ($3.00, $4.10), and Milk Foam Tea beverages ($3.00 – $5.00).
The Alisan Milk Foam ($3.00, $4.00) continues to be the regular favourite. Other Milk Foam choices include Green Tea, Winter Melon, Brown Sugar Oolong, Black Forest, and Black Tea.
One wonders how on earth did the queue got so long during the opening days. While it still continues to enjoy popularity, some fans may say, “Used to be better.” Gong Cha (SingPost Centre)
LiHo’s worst nightmare is when Gong Cha returned.
The main papers were publishing a LiHo / Gong Cha news or video almost every day when each launched in Singapore, we would have thought something catastrophic happened.
The Cheese Tea, said to contain Dutch gouda cheese, with a touch of saltiness and creaminess.
You can choose to first sip a mouthful of the cheese then have a sip of the drink, or mix it all up. Many thought the cheese tea was just short-lived hype.
KOI Thé Singapore
Blk 490 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh HDB Hub #01-23 Singapore 310490
Tel: +65 6256 1169
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm (till sold out)
Known as 50嵐 in Taiwan and re-branded as KOI when it expanded to other countries, Koi Thé Singapore has remained as bubble tea market leader here.
The launch of the Matcha drink series, with Matcha Macchiato and Matcha Latte ($4.10 Medium/ $5.70 Large) made from matcha powder specially imported from Japan, turned fans in Toa Payoh into a frenzy for a couple of days.
This adds to their current series of Macchiato drinks such as: Black Tea/ Green Tea Macchiato ($2.80 Medium/ $3.90 Large), Peach and Ovaltine Macchiato ($4.10 Medium/ $5.70 Large).
While the service crew highly recommended 70% as the ideal sugar level, I felt that 25% could have been a better choice with less sweetness, and more distinct green tea notes.
Cha Tra Mue
120 Maxwell Road, Tanjong Pagar Xchange, #B1-35
Opening Hours: 8.15am – 6.30pm (Mon-Fri), 11am – 4pm (Sat), Closed Sun
What? Even Thai Milk Teas have foam?
Exclusive to Cha Tra Mue’s Tanjong Pagar branch, Cha Tra Mue (formerly known as Number One brand) is the original Thai Tea in Thailand since 1945 with their iconic white cup and red bottle cap.
Milk Foam is available at an additional $1 for their cold drinks such as Original Thai Tea ($3), Thai Milk Tea Extra Gold ($3.20) and Thai Milk Green Tea ($3).
The milk foam was smooth and fluffy, with a hint of sea salt flavour, and would suit those who prefer a milkier and creamier Cha Yen.
(For those who want to take some ‘instagrammable’ shots, take note that the cup is not transparent, so doesn’t matter if there is foam inside or not.)
313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Road #B3-50, Singapore 238895
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10:00pm (Mon-Sun)
Yuzu foam?! Looks like foam drinks have gone international, from local cheese milk tea to Taiwanese milk tea, Thai milk tea and now, Japanese whisked matcha.
Hvala Singapore previously known for their Waffles and Puffle “Egglets”, have revamped their menu to include several matcha items such as Soft serve ($5.20 Cup/ $5.70 Cone), Latte ($5.20-5.50), Ice Blend ($5.20-5.60) and Creama aka foamed drinks ($5.30-6.30).
The Yuzu foam is available at an additional $0.50, with 3 different drinks to choose from: Uji Matcha, Nishio Matcha or Yuzu.
Oishii! The Nishio Matcha was my personal favourite, more intense, more umami-ness with tinge of seaweed in it.
The Centrepoint #01-01/06 and #01-102/103, 176 Orchard Road, Singapore 238843
Opening Hours: 9.30am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
Fans of the Korean series Descendants Of The Sun should be familiar with the dal.komm coffee chain, where the D.O.T.S characters were seen trashing their hearts out in the café during iconic scenes.
The newest addition of Cream Kiss series ($8.50) left a layer of white stuff (I mean the foam) on the lips while I attempted to drink it.
What you get include Matcha milk or chocolate milk with strawberry foam; latte with caramel foam. Not sure if Captain Yoo would approve.
Yuan Cha 源茶
Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road, #01-39
Opening Hours: 11am – 9.30pm (Mon-Sun)
Fans of Gong Cha may find that Yuan Cha 源茶 with distinct tea taste is here to save the day, as this brand uses higher quality tea leaves in their brew.
Believing in the pursuit of quality from “farm to cup” by sourcing from the best tea plantations in Asia and the brewing method, Yuan Cha offers hot Premium Tea ($5.00 – $7.50), Basic Tea ($2.20 – $2.50 Medium/ $3.20 – $3.60 Large), Osmanthus Series ($3.60-3.90 Medium/ $4.80 – 5.10 Large).
For the toppings (sorry no pearls here), “Snow” aka milk foam ($1), Yam balls ($0.80), Herbal/ Coconut Jelly ($0.60), AiYu and Konjac ($0.60) are available.
51 Hougang Avenue 9, #01-03, Ci Yuan Community Centre, 538776
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Wed-Mon), Closed Tue
Bubble tea in a cafe? The outlet at Ci Yuan Community Centre for SOD Cafe offers a glass of refreshing Double Froth Rosey (5.50) that comes with rose-flavoured soda with strawberry pearls that burst in the mouth.
When the frothed milk mixed with the rose soda, this reminded me of a glass of fizzy Bandung.
Dhoby Ghaut MRT #B2-06 (right next to entrance/exit to Plaza Singapura)
Tel: +65 68359891
A-Gan Tea from Taiwan uses specially selected tea leaves from the high mountains of Alishan, to brew its wide range of green teas, fruit teas and herbal teas.
When I asked the server what happened to the other branches, he mentioned only the Dhoby Ghaut outlet was left.
Their Milk Lid Green Tea ($2.70, $3.80) and Milk Lid Matcha Tea ($3.80, $5.10) are one of my favourite versions, because the tea fragrance happened to be one of the strongest (after drinking so many cups).
I would personally recommend very low or zero percent sugar as the foam would have some sweetness to it.
Velocity@Novena Square #01-07, 238 Thomson Rd, Singapore 307683
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Chatime (日出茶太) is a Taiwanese global franchise teahouse chain based in Taiwan. Quite popular elsewhere, though there seems to be only 2 branches – Novena Square and Downtown East in Singapore.
They have introduced “Creamy Vanilla Mousse” series, with offerings of Matcha Mousse, Black Tea Mousse, Green Tea Mousse, Chocolate Mousse, Peach Mousse ($2.90 – $3.90 for regular, $4.00 – $5.00 for large).
I personally found the cup slightly too sweet, even though I requested for “no sugar”, perhaps due to the addition of rich, creamy vanilla foam.
5 Raffles Place, #B1-64 Raffles Xchange Singapore 048618 (Raffles Place MRT)
Tel: +65 6779 2948
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 4pm (Sat), Closed Sun & PH
I had the Avocado Vanilla Genmaicha ($6.40) topped with cheese foam.
Unfortunately, there were no avocado within but the combination tasted like good thick matcha latte with a touch of savouriness.
Perhaps offering this with an alternative medium sized cup could make this more popular among the office ladies in the vicinity.
SingPost Centre, 10 Eunos Rd 8, Singapore 408600
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Do not confuse HeeTea with HeyTea, HiTea, Heekcaa, all of which have similar logos of a boy drinking from a cup.
This is one of the tea franchise from Guangzhou China, serving up Cheese on Green Tea, Red Tea, Golden Phoenix Tea, Four Seasons Tea, Dewy Jade Tea, and Fragrant Pu-Er ($4.00 – $6.20).
The foam had an obvious slight saltiness, while the drink came with light delicate fragrance. Not too bad, but obscure location.
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