Joy Luck Teahouse which has attracted long queues for its first outlet at ION Orchard, has opened at Bugis Junction basement.

Similar to Joy Luck Teahouse at ION Orchard, the Bugis Junction outlet will also offer signatures of Egg Tarts from Hoover Bakery, Pineapple Buns and Hong Kong Milk Tea from Kam Kee Cafe, Curry Fish Balls from Tak Hing and more.

Hong Kong-style Chee Cheong Fun ($3.80)
The Chee Cheong Fun or jyu cheung fan is served the traditional street-snack style – rolled up without fillings, and drizzled with signature soya sauce, sesame peanut sauce, and sweet sauce. A dollop of chilli sauce is provided at the side.

In terms of quality assurance and authenticity, the smooth rice noodles sheets are developed together with the same supplier which supplies to the Top 10 Chee Cheong Fun stores in Hong Kong.

Two common criteria are typically used to describe a well-made rice noodle roll – fragrant (heung) and smooth (waat).

While the sheets itself has little flavour, the sauces provide that aromatic-fragrance and sweet-savoury taste. Would recommend eating this fresh after ordering, otherwise it may not be as silky-smooth as expected.

Egg Tarts from Hoover – Pastry Skin or Cookie Skin ($2.30)
Hoover Cake Shop 豪華餅店 offers two types of Egg Tarts – one with a multi-layered puff pastry crust, the other “cookie” base akin to sweet shortbread crust.

The crust base is made from carefully chosen Australian ingredients, a special blend of fine butter, and the best premium flour.

The Pastry Skin appears to be the more popular version in Singapore.

With each tart made by hand, do eat them fresh to experience that crisp, fluffy and loose layers. They are also not too crumbly and flaky, which makes consuming them a lot cleaner.

My personal preference is for the cookie short-crust with a distinct buttery fragrance. If you buy them home, heat them for a few seconds on the oven and they will be good to go.

As for the smooth and creamy custard fillings, while they could be slightly thicker for more satisfaction, they are thankfully not too sweet so you can always pop in more than one piece.

Pineapple Buns from Kam Kee ($2 for Original, $2.50 for Kaya, $2.80 for Butter or Luncheon Meat)
The Hong Kong government listed the Pineapple Bun or ”Bo Lo Bao” on UNESCO as an item included in the city’s “living cultural heritage”.

This golden-yellow crusted bun follows Kam Kee’s 金記冰室 decades-old recipe, made using premium blend of flour for that sweet and crumbly finish.

Get them stuffed with premium butter, luncheon meat (my favourite) or the Singapore-exclusive kaya.

Hong Kong Milk Tea from Kam Kee ($3.50 for Hot, $3.80 for Cold)
The Hong Kong-style Milk Tea is made from a blend of 3 different black superior quality teas from Sri Lanka.

What I enjoyed were two aspects – the velvety-milkiness due to addition of classic European premium evaporated full cream milk; and while it had that slight bitter-lingering of HK Milk Tea, it wasn’t too strong.

For BBT lovers, get the option of Pearl of the Orient ($4.80) included with brown sugar tapioca balls – which makes this Bubble Tea Hong Kong style.

Almond Tea with Collagen ($4.80 for Hot)
While the drink is called ‘tea’, it should be more correctly referred to as “Almond Milk” with that distinct nutty and mildly sweet taste. With collagen added, this also has beautifying properties.

Other Hong Kong style drinks available include Yin Yang ($3.50 for hot, $3.80 for cold), Lemon Ginger Coke ($4.80 for hot), Salted Lemon 7 Up ($4.80 for cold), Kamquat Honey Drink ($3.50 for hot, $3.80 for cold), Ginger Brown Sugar Drink ($3.50 for hot), 8 Treasures Tea ($3.80) and Ginger Milk Custard with Collagen ($3.90 for cold).

HK Curry Fish Ball from Tak Hing ($4.80)
The Fish Balls recipe are from Hong Kong Fishball brand Tak Hing Fishball Company 德興魚蛋公司.

The fish paste is freshly-made by a local supplier using yellowtail fish, and they use 50% more fish than the regular fish balls in the market for more softness and bounce.

Joy Luck Teahouse – Bugis
Bugis Junction #B1-K25, 200 Victoria Street, Singapore 188021
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
https://www.facebook.com/joyluck.teahouse

Joy Luck Teahouse – ION Orchard
#B4-61 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Joy Luck Teahouse – Causeway Point
#B1-K01 Causeway Point, 1 Woodlands Square, Singapore 738099
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Joy Luck Teahouse – Chinatown
274 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058823
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Joy Luck Teahouse – Parkway Parade
Food Republic @ Parkway Parade, #B1-85 to 87 and #B1-112 to 146, 80 Marine Parade Road, Singapore 449269
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Joy Luck Teahouse – Sun Plaza
30 Sembawang Drive, Sun Plaza #01-13, Singapore 757713
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Joy Luck Teahouse.

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