Including new brands you might not know of to keep your life bubbling with sweetness
We’ve come a long way since the days when Sweet Talk reigned strong at the bubble tea game. Now that the craze for the sweet tea-based drink has firmly taken over Singapore, leading brands from across Asia have been setting up kiosks here, piquing our curiosity with new, creative flavours. Milk tea with pearls has become the classic, old-fashioned choice; the more adventurous bubble tea fans are going for exotic fruit teas, cheese teas, and even popcorn teas.
While we may remain loyal to the major chains like Koi, Gong Cha and LiHo, many new shops have arrived in Singapore deserving a stop on your next drink run. Our list of the best bubble tea and milk tea brands in Singapore feature not just the cult favourites, but also ones to shake up your daily fix and prove yourself a true bubble tea connoisseur.
Photo: R&B Tea
1. R&B Tea
Let’s start with the brands that have come from the home of bubble tea: Taiwan. When food court operator Koufu brought R&B Tea to Singapore last year, we were thinking groovy packaging that sport the faces of Rihanna or Michael Jackson. But the name has nothing to do with Rhythm & Blues, instead combining the initials of the Taiwanese owners (Rex and Bruce). Their actual teas are no less playful and creative. Widely loved for their fresh milk and cream toppings, R&B Tea offers an array of eclectic choices to satisfy your sweet tooth and your daily #foodstagram. If you love their Taiwan-trending Brown Sugar Boba Milk ($3.80), there’s an even more indulgent upgrade now. The Brown Sugar Boba Milk with Cheese Brûlée ($4.80) packs a heavenly sweet punch in many layers at once: caramelised brown sugar, fresh milk, velvety cream cheese topping, and – here’s the best part – soft pearls slow-cooked in the famous brown sugar concoction.
Various outlets, including Marina Square @ Cookhouse, 6 Raffles Boulevard #04-101/102 Singapore 039594