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Tea looks set to be the new coffee – tea joints are mushrooming all over the island, and there’s even the first Tea Festival here happening later this month, to celebrate brews from all over the world.
With so much happening on the scene, we cut through the noise, and narrow down the five most popular teas that have been trending this 2017.
1) Ultraviolet Floral Cooler
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This drink gets its colour from the butterfly pea flower. It’s often used as a natural colouring in food and drinks, and is a key ingredient in those super-hip ‘galaxy’ drinks you see all over your Instagram feed. Squeeze a little lemon in, and watch the drink go from blue to purple.
$6.20, from Cheng’s Gourmet Food Bar & Bistro BBQ, 28 Clementi Road Singapore 129758
2) Thai Milk Tea
The best Thai milk tea I’ve tried in Singapore comes from Broti, a pop-up store that appears at events like the recent Ramadan Bazaar at Geylang Serai. Broti’s Thai milk tea is aromatic, has a satisfyingly thick consistency, and is not too sweet. Broti also stands out for being value-for-money. For $4, you get a way bigger cup compared to most other places I’ve tried.
$4, from Broti pop-up stalls. Check their Facebook page for their next event and venue.
3) The Talad Drinks
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These rainbow-hued drinks use both butterfly pea tea and Thai milk tea in their concoctions. Layered with fruit juice or coffee, they’re almost too pretty to drink. They’ll make for awesome Boomerang shots.
$3.50 – $4, from The Talad Drinks and Thai Kitchen, 190 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, #01-520 Toa Payoh Hub, Singapore 310190
4) Cheese Teas
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Cheese on tea might sound a little unorthodox, but it works. The layer of cheese foam is mild and light, and when stirred into tea, makes it nice and creamy. Still, I found myself wishing the cheese flavour was slightly bolder to inject more flavour into the drink. If you want a little more kick, opt for higher sugar content in your drink.
$4 – $6.90, from LiHO, at various outlets islandwide
5) Rose Tea
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Homegrown Thai brand Cha Tra Mue launched its rose Thai milk tea in Singapore this month, and don’t be surprised if you see long queues forming. Cha Tra Mue is well-loved in Bangkok, and queues for this lovely drink (which also comes in flavours like honey and lychee) are long – unsurprising, given how the floral cups are oh-so-Instagrammable.
Price unknown, Cha Tra Mue, outlets at Far East Square, Tanjong Pagar XChange, and Clifford Centre.