New food trends are continually popping up more and more in Singapore. Gone were the days when happiness were brought in to us in icy bowls of Korean Bingsoo, Over The Top Milkshakes, Salted Egg Croissants, Hokkaido Cheese Tarts and many more.
One of the most popular things to hit social media this year was the withdrawal of GongCha outlets in Singapore (but they are coming back). Then came LiHO and their game changing cheese tea, thereafter the influx of foreign tea brands amping up the local tea scene.
Tasty novelty beverages such as iced fruit infusion tea and cheese milk foam tea have been among the new food trends over the recent months. So we take a look at some of the new and existing players in the market.
As I’m sure you have tried most if not all of the tea brands featured here – Feel free to leave a comment below and share with me what are your favourites and whether they are worth the hype?
R&B Tea Singapore
Popular tea brand from Taiwan R&B has opened its first flagship store in Singapore and plans to open more outlets over the next few months. The Taiwanese tea joint offers fruit-focused tea beverages and classic milk tea series, as well as a premium selection of No. 23 Oolong Tea from Taiwan High Mountain.
Named after One Piece anime, the signature R&B Fruitea Fusion series “Mighty Luffy (XL – $6.80)” and “Zesty Lusi” (XL – $6.50) features a jumbo sized (approx. 1-litre) infusion of fruity sweet Hawaiian tea with mixed fruits and tangy Jing Xuan tea with lemon and watermelon respectively.
Like your tea with a little pucker? Try the Devil’s Booster (L – $4.20) with refreshing Peach tea and a blend of Pineapple and Orange. It is uncommon to find wide range of Oolong tea beverages at most tea joints – R&B offers its signature No. 23 Oolong tea in six varietals and my favourite pick is the No. 23 Tea Cream Oolong (L – $4.70).
Recommended Signature drinks: Mighty Luffy, 23 Tea Cream Oolong, Devil’s Booster
R&B Tea Singapore
Outlet Location: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Cookhouse by Koufu Marina Square, #04-101/102 Singapore 039594
As Singapore’s climate is starting to heat up, it’s time to add some cool, refreshing drinks to our summertime. If you are a fan of fruit tea infusions, TeaFolia‘s range of iced teas are for you.
The signature Fruit Tea ($5.90) made from premium Four Seasons tea is bursting with vibrant notes of pineapple and assorted fruits include watermelon, green apple and tangy lime; while the Lemon Levity ($5.20) features a green tea brew with a kick of lemon for good measure.
Die-hard black tea fans can try Royal Ceylon black tea-based Strawberry and Peach Duo ($5.90) or the Lychee Peachee ($5.80) concoction. TeaFolia also offers iced blended beverage options like House Favourite Stirring Milk ($4.50), Taro Therapy Stirring Milk ($5.50) and delightful Smoothies made of real fruits, premium fruit sauce and ice cream. Flavours include Literally Lychee ($4.90), Peachinc ($4.90), Strawberry Serenade ($5.50), Surfer’s Choice ($4.90) and more.
Recommended Signature drinks: Fruit Tea, Grapefruit Gravity, Lemon Levity, Orange & Co.
Outlets Location: 20 Tampines Central 1, Tampines MRT, #01-29/30 Singapore 529538 / 311 New Upper Changi Road, Bedok Mall, #01-K1, Singapore 467360
Let’s have a ParTea (party) !!! ParTea is another new entrant that specialises in fruit-focused tea beverages made of premium quality tea leaves from Taiwan.
Loaded with a healthy dose of mixed fruits such as watermelon, mangoes, strawberries and lemons, ParTea‘s signature Rainbow Tea (XL – $6.50 to $6.90) and Sunrise Tea (L – $4.70 to $6.90) have an option to select a tea variant – Green Tea / Black Tea / Four Seasons Spring Tea / Gaoshan Oolong Tea.
You can also find a limited menu of Fluffy Cloud Tea – Chinese Tea with Cheese (M – $2.90 to $4.90); Milky Mist Tea – Chinese Tea with Milk ($2.90 to $3.90); and pre-bottled Chill Tea – Cold Brew Chinese Tea ($4.90) to get you through the day.
Recommended Signature drinks: Rainbow Tea, Sunrise Tea, Fluffy Cloud Tea
Outlet Location: 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall North Atrium,#02-470 Singapore 038983
HeeTea (弘韵喜茶) is a tea franchise from Guangzhou, China which brewed up a storm on social media with its novelty cheese milk-foam teas. Apart from cheese tea, this new kid on the block offers a wide range of tea beverages – fruit tea, mix tea, season, pure tea, cold brew tea.
The highlight is still, of course, the Cheese Tea – which arguably tasted better than most of its competitors. HeeTea‘s outlet at the new SingPost Centre serves freshly made creme brulee desserts, that’s the first of its kind for a tea joint.
Recommended Signature drinks: Mango Cheese Tea, Strawberry Cheese Tea, Four Seasons Tea
Location: 10 Eunos Road 8, SingPost Centre, #B1-147, Singapore 408600
PlayMade by 丸作
The latest bubble tea import from Taiwan – Playmade by 丸作 aims to bring back the bubble tea craze in Singapore. Located at Tampines 1 Mall, this new entrant gives its competitors a run for their money by introducing flavoured pearl options in its bubble tea.
Boba fans can catch the daily pearl-making process right by the store window and savour them fresh with their favourite cup of tea. Pearl flavours include black sesame, pink cactus, white pearls and burnt caramel.
Playmade by 丸作 boba beverages are certainly pretty and also pleasing to drink. You can mix and match to find your most likely combination, but if you can’t make up your mind – the crowd favourite Burnt Caramel Milk Tea with Black Sesame Pearls (M – $4.40) will be a safe bet!
Recommend Signature drinks: Green Tea Latte with Black Sesame Pearls, Black Milk Tea with Burnt Caramel Pearls, Orange Green tea with Pink Cactus Pearls
PlayMade by 丸作
Location: 10 Tampines Central 1, Tampines 1, #01-59 Singapore 529536