Fans of Taiwanese bubble milk tea would be familiar with the brand Chun Shui Tang 春水堂 in Taichung, Taiwan, that started the bubble tea trend in 1987.
Ie, the OG of bubble tea / boba tea. The supposed originator of all Taiwanese bubble milk tea.
Chun Shui Tang 春水堂 is the parent company to the brand TP-Tea 茶湯會 which started in 2005, and TP Tea currently has over 300 outlets across the world.
Its first outlet in Singapore opened at Changi Airport Terminal 2 Departure Hall, right next to Krispy Kreme and Llao Llao, and has become Singapore’s FIRST 24 hours Taiwanese Bubble Tea Shop.
Great for those who craves for bubble tea in the middle night while binge watching on Taiwanese drama series, I mean if you don’t plan to sleep at all with all the caffeine.
Crushed ice is used in all their drinks, and the good news is that we get to choose the level of sweetness and the amount of ice for each cup.
The bestseller and my personal favourite is the Tie Guan Yin Tea Latte ($4.60), which is a premium grade of Oolong Tea.
The first sip is smooth, creamy and milky, with a lingering aroma of roasted tea leaves which resembled that of Japanese Houjicha.
For the lactose intolerant, Tie Guan Yin Tea ($2.90) is available with a robust full bodied, distinct sourish taste on the first sip due to the roasting process and a slight lingering “siap siap” texture and bitterness.
Ok, not really my cup of tea (pun unintended).
For a safe option, the Pearl Milk Tea which uses black tea leaves has a similar recipe as their parent company Chun Shui Tang 春水堂, known for their iconic huge glass of bubble milk tea when you dine-in.
The milk tea has a faint sugar-cane like sweetness whereas the taste of the tea leaves was unfortunately undetectable.
The highlight is the pearl, which are slightly smaller than usual bubble tea shops, with a QQ, chewy texture and can be quite enjoyable.
The tapioca pearls would be discarded after 3 hours to ensure the level of standard and consistency.
Bubble milk tea now comes in the form of a softserve ($3.60) with pearls toppings on it.
I prefer this Pearl Milk Tea Softserve Ice Cream ($3.60) to the signature Pearl Milk Tea, which is only available in Singapore and 1 other outlet in Taiwan itself.
With a thick, smooth and creamy texture that uses the same tea recipe as the Pearl Milk Tea, I appreciated that the combination was not sweet, which brings out the taste of tea leaves and a lingering aroma.
Another interesting drink is the Pearl Black tea Latte Red Bean ($5.30) which comes with both pearls and red beans in it.
Oh well, it’s just a comforting bowl (I mean cup) of red bean soup.
For non- caffeinated drinks, the Honey Lemon With Aloe ($4.30) uses Grade A lemon juice flown directly from Taiwan.
The lemons were grown and harvest in Pingtung, Taiwan, squeezed and frozen prior to shipment.
The amount of honey and lemon is well-balanced, with the right amount of sourness and yet not too overwhelming.
While serious tea lovers will appreciate both the Tie Guan Yin Tea and Premium Green Tea with a distinct and robust taste, both the Tie Guan Yin Tea Latte ($4.60) and Pearl Milk Tea Softserve Ice Cream ($3.60) leave a stronger impression.
TP-Tea 茶湯會 Singapore – Changi Airport
Changi Airport, Terminal 2, Departure Hall #026-015-01, Singapore 819643
Opening Hours: 24 hours Daily
TP-Tea – Suntec City
Suntec City #01-312, 3 Temasek Boulevard Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW].