There are soooooo many bubble tea chains in Singapore, so you may get overwhelmed and wonder what’s the difference?
If you have been to Taiwan and didn’t see “Milksha” before, that is because the brand is better known as “Milkshop 迷客夏” there.
With over 230 outlets in Taiwan, it was voted No.1 by Taiwanese university students winning many other popular choices.
Natural, handmade and unique… Their drinks are made with 100% natural milk and fresh ingredients, without any preservatives or chemical additives. That is why you do not get that cloying sweetness commonly associated.
Another unique quality is its bubbles, which are honey pearls that are quick-frozen then air-flown directly to Singapore. This is so as to retain that bouncy and soft-chewy texture.
In Singapore, the five signatures include Azuki Matcha Milk, Fresh Taro Milk, Valrhona 100% Cocoa Milk, Refreshing Orange Green Tea and Earl Grey Latte with Honey Pearl. More are being offered at this new outlet.
Read on to find out the new exclusive drinks and signatures you can find at Milksha PLQ:
Brown Sugar Lemonade ($4.20 for medium, $5 for large, top up $1 for honey pearls)
What it is: Now that “Brown Sugar” is still trending, this summer drink of Brown Sugar Lemonade is an alternative for those who prefer something refreshing and not as heavy.
Why so special: This drink was initially an off-the-menu secret item. All the ingredients used from brown sugar, honey pearls, and lemon juice are specially imported. The brown sugar is also freshly ‘stir-fried’ every day. (Popular lifestyle Taiwanese YouTuber Kiki has also raved about this beverage in her review.)
Taste: Best for a hot summer weather, the drink boosts of the subtlety-dark and rich flavour of brown sugar, well balanced with the tarty lemon.
Part sweet and sour, it would be what you call ”清爽” (cooling refreshing).
Refreshing Orange Green Tea with Honey Pearl ($4.20 for medium, $5 for large; top up $1 for Honey Pearls)
What it is: Citrusy orange juice paired with light, delicate jasmine green tea.
Why so special: All the ingredients (even the oranges) are also specially imported from Taiwan. Whole oranges are juiced, including the zest – so you are getting all those flavours and vitamins.
Taste: Taiwanese oranges are used because they are sweeter, juicier, not that sour with distinct sharp flavour. I would recommend sipping this slowly so that you get that orangey-citrusy fragrance. A great thirst-quencher after a heavy meal.
Azuki Matcha Milk ($5.60)
What it is: Milksha’s best-selling drink which is creamy, with earthy-tasting matcha and delicious red bean.
Why so special: That matcha is specially imported from hundred-year-old brand Izumo Tousuien (桃翠園). The matcha is first chilled, then directly air-flown to Singapore.
Taste: Nobody can really fault a matcha + red bean + milk combination. With that said, the matcha did have a strong umami profile and complements the red bean beautifully.
The red beans are prepared in a way so that you can still have a good bite (and not just paste), yet still soft and creamy.
Fresh Taro Milk ($5.60)
What it is: Fresh Taro Milk made with unique taro from Dajia (大甲) in Taichung, Taiwan. The hand-mashed taro is then blended with fresh milk.
Why so special: Dajia (大甲) in Taichung, Taiwan is specially known for its high-quality taro, taro cakes and “purple jade” desserts.
The taro pieces are chopped, steamed, then mashed by hands with a metal masher. After which, the taro paste is scooped up into circular shapes, then blended with milk upon order.
Taste: When I ask friends who have tried Milksha what their favourite drink is, I would say half of them would recommend this Fresh Taro Milk.
To some, it reminded them for an ”Orh Nee” drink; while others enjoyed the real taro bits. Not too sweet as well.
Another note: You can actually share this drink because it is rather filling.
Black Sesame Milk ($4.80)
What it is: For those who love your traditional black sesame paste dessert (黑芝麻糊), this Black Sesame Milk may just satisfying those cravings.
Why so special: Not many Singapore bubble tea shops sell this drink?
Taste: Black sesame latte is rich and filling (and nutritious… people eat them to get black hair), with a deep smoky flavour that can be very addictive.
Red Bean Ice Blend (Seasonal special only, $5.40)
What it is: The Milksha Red Bean Ice Blend was initially launched as a seasonal drink during Singapore’s National Day. Well, it got many positive feedbacks that they decided to make it a permanent item.
Why so special: This is an ice kachang-inspired drink. Instead of the usual red beans, special Taiwanese azuki beans are included, said to have less ‘beany’ flavour with natural sweetness.
Taste: This red bean smoothie-like drink actually reminds me of the Iced Red Bean served at those Hong Kong’s Bing Sutt (冰室) or cha caan teng.
Loved the creaminess and delicate sweetness, and may just send down nostalgic feels.
The Milksha app allows you to enjoy cash cashbacks, pre-order the beverages online, so you can skip the queue during pickup or choose islandwide delivery.
Receive a welcome gift of $5 e-voucher with a minimum spend of $10. There are also additional birthday e-vouchers from $5 to $20 for Milksha app users.
Get the Fresh Milk Series Bundle ($26 for 5 M-size cups with toppings, U.P $33), OR Tea Latte/Fresh Milk Foam Series Bundle ($22.80 for 6 M-size cups with toppings, U.P $28.80) to enjoy quite a good discount.
Plus, you don’t have to finish redeeming all 5/6 cups all at one go, but over a period of 3 months. If not, share the bundle with your friends or colleagues, OR better still buy them this bundle as a “Friendship Day” gift.
Better still, receive a complimentary Milksha Vacuum Flask (worth $19.90) available in navy blue or cream colours when you purchase any of the above bundles.
Milksha – Paya Lebar Quarter
10 Paya Lebar Road #03-25 Paya Lebar Quarter Singapore 409057
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Milksha – Suntec City Mall
3 Temasek Boulevard #02-375/376 Suntec City Mall Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Other Milksha outlets:
Funan: 107 North Bridge Road #B1-25 Funan, Singapore 179105
Novena Square: 238 Thomson Road, Velocity @ Novena Square, #02-51/52 Singapore 307683
313 @ Somerset: 313 Orchard Rd 313@ Somerset #B3-50/53, Singapore 238895
Westgate: 3 Gateway Dr, Westgate #B1-24A Singapore 608532
Change Alley: 30 Raffles Place #B1-05, Change Alley Mall Singapore 048622
Wood Square: Woodsquare, 6 Woodlands Square, #B2-10 Singapore 737737
Changi City Point: 5 Changi Business Park Central 1 #01-20 Changi City Point, Singapore 486038
Guoco Tower: #B2-28 7 Wallich Street Singapore 078884
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Milksha.