Slurp It Up!

Slurp It Up!

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Miss Ha ~
Miss Ha ~

Kopi served in a cocktail glass? Now that’s a whole new level of luxury. With a wide range of coffee concoctions that include drip coffee and traditional coffee, I gotta admit that I chose this for its presentation. Created by pre-blending coffee with evaporated and condensed milk, the kopi shake was creamy smooth with a subtle level of acidity, yet a rich aroma. The chocolate shavings was an excellent way to impart a sweet finish.

Singapore coffee also serves desserts and other non-coffee beverages.

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Got me all excited when I first read @whatisdigesting and @rainraineeataway’s reviews on @mrspho’s egg coffee as I have not had it since the last trip to Hanoi in 2018. A slightly different rendition combining pasteurised egg yolk and Vietnamese drip coffee, the one at Mrs Pho had a strong vanilla custard flavour with a smoky note from the torched layer, somewhat like a creme brûlée. Albeit the lack in distinct eggy and buttery notes, it was relatively smooth to drink especially when it’s hot. Makes me crave for traveling to Hanoi even more!

We also had the fresh avocado cream coffee where the Vietnamese drip coffee was topped with a thick creamy layer of fresh blended avocado smoothie. While the avocado taste was rather subtle, I could still perceive the green butteriness that coupled with a natural sweetness.

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Are you Team Black, Oat or White? ☕️

Many might have read that @parallelsg closed down their ORP outlet recently, while their Raffles City outlet is temporarily closed. But they have shifted entirely to home deliveries for now. In a combined effort to #savefnbsg, a few of us decided to get this mix & match cold brew bundle where you will receive 2 bottles of the different flavours each.

Actually, I am usually neither. Black cold brew usually comes across as bitter and acidic for me, which in this case, I felt that the acidity was rather intense. I could still taste slight acidity in the White, although I wouldn’t mind with the soft touch of milk. Personal favourite was the Oat, a concoction of oat milk from Oatly and their Single Origin Cold Brew. Not too sure why both the white and oat had an additional alcoholic note, but I enjoyed the extra nuttiness and brown sweetness in the Oat.

Each bottle is brewed and bottled fresh on the day of delivery, without any added preservatives or stabilisers, hence can be kept chilled up to 6 days. They have various bundle options such as all black, white, oat, mix & match of 2/3 flavours, and even weekly or bi-weekly subscriptions to fix your caffeine addiction. You can specify the cold brew to be sweetened or unsweetened too. Check out their page for more information on delivery timings and charges.

#savefnbsg #loveyourlocalsg

Rode on the promotional waves of 1-for-1, I was excited to try what they claimed as an “up and coming trend” and a “healthier alternative to bubble tea” yogurt drink. What I was disappointed in was the running out of the popular purple rice.

Made by fermenting Australia’s premium dairy overnight, each yogurt drink had a characteristic rush of sourness in first sip. Slightly creamy, cloying. However, with more sips, the individual flavours start to surface and were actually pretty tasty. For instance the fairy oatmeal that boasts lowering of cholesterol levels added a little toasty note but texture wise, understandably soggy. While for the red dates flavour, which felt like a ‘feminine’ flavour, contributed a natural hint of sweetness to the drink with those dried date bits in it. As though a modern dessert with a herbal twist.

Hey yogurt also offers five different series on their menu; Grains, multi grains, signature, milk fruits and a local series with flavours like Bandung and Pulut Hitam.

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Yet another bubble tea chain has landed on our shores. Originally from Nanjing, China, @thewhale teasg has 2 outlets now opened at Lot 1 and City Square Mall, and a third slated to open at China Square Central.

Sticking to my go-to drink, the Brown Sugar Boba Milk seemed to be lacking in flavour robustness. Nothing out of ordinary for this classic combination; fresh milk fell short of milky aroma, boba pearls weren’t really warm thus no contrast between the cold milk and the pearls, and because they weren’t warm, the pearls became hard rather quickly. The brown sugar was purely a sweet syrup without much depth, but thickly coated around the boba, that made up almost one-third of the cup.

Another drink we had from the brown sugar series was the Brown Sugar Shizuoka Matcha. While I appreciated greatly the richness and bitterness of the Shizuoka Matcha, it stole the limelight of the brown sugar, which sadly, faded into the matcha.

Despite the short queue, our drinks took quite a while to be prepared and the drinks are generally pricier. But if you are an adventurous bubble tea hunter, you could always try out their special concoctions like the Volcanic Sapphire Whale from the Volcanic Collage Series, Flaming Brown Sugar (an upgrade of the Brown Sugar Boba Milk), Blue Whale Coconut Milk from the Whale Crystal Series, or even the soft serves/ice creams.

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Venturing out of the usual brown sugar fresh milk had us trying the creme brûlée milk and matcha latte. People who are looking for a creamy, milky drink will probably enjoy the creme brûlée milk. Boasting of a robust flavour with a rich mouthfeel, this dessert-inspired drink gets even more enjoyable as smokiness of the caramelised sugar gets blended into the milk, though it could get a little too creamy towards the end.

Personally I preferred the brown sugar boba matcha latte. An intertwine of cold bitterness from the premium Japanese green tea with the warm, smoky boba turned out to be a harmonious brew, of precise sweetness. Fans of firm, bouncy boba, @boberteasg is the right choice.

@boberteasg is also a #burpplebeyond partner where you can enjoy 1-for-1 bubble tea!

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Taro lovers would probably enjoy the Taro Blast Boboshake, an ice blended drink with chunky taro purée and taro balls. They were really generous with the toppings. I had the King Fone Cheezo, which seemed like a mix of oolong and jasmine tea. Not a fan of cheese tea but decided to take the risk as Heytea is supposedly good at this. Didn’t regret this choice as the cream cheese slowly blends into the astringency of the tea, surprisingly quite harmonious. Aesthetically pleasing with the sprinkle of Matcha powder on the cheese foam. Drinks were even more enjoyable at this new spacious outlet with a zen interior design.

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Good news for R&B lovers in the west, especially Jurong like myself! No longer having the need to travel far for a cup of R&B bbt.

It’s still one of my top choices for brown sugar boba milk, or the milk tea with brown sugar pearls. Some might find the brown sugar coating too sweet but I feel it strikes a good balance as it gets mixed into the fresh milk. Love the chewiness of the boba and for its price, the size of the drink is definitely worthwhile.

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I have always been a big fan of ciders when it comes to the choice of alcohols, something relatively fruity and more acceptable for people who can’t really drink. Pleasantly delighted by this Apple Crumble Apple Cider served at Orh Gao, a flavour that I have never come across, much less imagining that a Cider of a dessert would exist.

Infused with cinnamon, vanilla and blackberry leaves, a sip of it made me felt as though I was eating an actual apple crumble, especially with a strong gush of cinnamon aroma. Accentuated by an intense vanilla taste, I truly enjoyed the sweet depth of this mouthwatering Cider.

Thank you @burpple for inviting and Sam from @orhgaotaproom for hosting!

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Nayuki has always been known for their premium fruit teas and soft euro breads. Having tried their affordable bottled cold brew teas, I was keen on trying their fresh milk black pearl.

Comes in a sleek bottle of 500ml, it’s interesting to still have a slot for straws on the cover. Unlike the other versions on the market, the brown sugar pearls here weren’t warm, yet weren’t overly sweet. They were also on the soft side, which I felt lacking on texture though this is probably personal preference. Blending with the cold pearls, the taste of the fresh milk seemed to be stronger than the brown sugar instead.

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Situated right opposite R&B tea, 3-week old Yunique Tea is a new kid on the bubble tea block in Toa Payoh. Had certain expectations having read some reviews before my visit. I asked for recommendations and was told the Signature Messy Milk Tea with Brown Sugar Pearls. Well I am a fan of this drink, so why not?

However, after a few sips, I felt disappointed. Firstly, the brown sugar coated pearls weren’t warm enough such that even after mixing with the fresh milk, there wasn’t much brown sugar taste in the milk and felt like a total disharmony as though the pearls and milk were two separate entities happened to be in the same cup. Secondly, the pearls were rather firm and hard for chewing. Also, it’s slightly pricier than other bubble tea chains offering the same drink. I’d rather head to R&B for a better quality fresh milk with brown sugar pearls at a cheaper price, and it’s just opposite. Might return to try other concoctions (and I hope they would be more interesting), but not for this.

There’s no queue, no hype over Don Don Donki’s Okinawa brown sugar fresh milk. Relatively cheaper than most in the market but also smaller in size, there was an outburst of sweetness on first sip from the brown sugar that led to a sugar rush. But as the smoky sweet melted brown sugar blends with the 100% hokkaido raw fresh milk, it turns out to be a pleasurable experience with lingering fragrance of the Okinawa brown sugar. Best enjoyed with caramelised, bouncy pearls.

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