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Slurp It Up!

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Miss Ha ~
Miss Ha ~

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.

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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Exhilarated to know that Hollin is now in the list for Burpple Beyond! As a typical millennial, I am attracted to their different flavoured pearls on the menu daily, while their honey white pearls are available everyday. Tried the roasted peanut pearls (Friday) and the lustrous black sesame pearls (Saturday) previously with the black tea rock salt macchiato.

I preferred the black sesame pearls in which you could taste the black sesame powder. The peanut ones were slightly harder on texture. The staff recommended on both visits to pair these pearls with their signature black tea rock salt macchiato when I wanted a fruity macchiato for a change during the second visit to prevent flavour clash. Enjoyed the delicate rock salt milk foam which adds a lifting touch to the aromatic black tea and the heavier flavored black sesame pearls. Will definitely be back to try out the other flavored pearls and macchiatos, especially when I can enjoy them with Burpple Beyond now!

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Never was I an avocado lover, but I have heard so much about Fruce and the long queue every time I pass by makes me curious about how good this is. Went with the avocado cempedak, probably one of the more popular choices. You can choose to customize the sugar level from original, reduced, minimal and nil.

It was a harmonious mix between the avocado and the cempedak surprisingly with no buttery creaminess of avocado tasted. In fact, the cempedak added a tinge of tropical fruitiness to the avocado without being overly sweet. The cempedak fruit was in pretty big chunks which explains why minimal level of sugar that I chose was just right since the fruit itself was already quite sweet.

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One drink you should really order at Joo Bar is their Sojurita. Not really an alcoholic person, but the mix of frozen soju, a flavor of your choice (yucha/green grape/sour plum/passionfruit) and an overturned bottle of Hite beer makes an addictive drink that I just wanna drink over and over again! Guess I would be back to try other flavours the next time round.

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