Fancy some authentic Thai milk tea? Here are 5 spots for you to get your fix!
We don’t know about you, girls, but the weather has been mad hot (like we need to walk around naked kind of mad) these past few weeks with temperatures at a high of 35 degrees celsius! And in this heat, all we can think of is an ice-cold Thai milk tea to quench our thirst. This beautiful caramel coloured drink is typically made from a strong brew of Ceylon tea mixed with sugar and condensed milk and topped off with swirls of evaporated milk, coconut milk or whole milk before the tea is served. Ahh… doesn’t that all sound so yummy? Enough talk about the glorious Thai milk tea! You have to taste it to know what we’re talking about. Here’s a list of the five best places to get your fix – we’re guessing that we’ll see you there this arvo?
This hot spot has garnered a large fan base from its first outlet at Golden Shoe Food Centre. While the pioneer stall regular sees office workers, the latest space at The Cathay is frequented by the younger crowd. The original Thai Milk Tea ($3.90) is not cloyingly sweet although we feel that they should go a little easy on the ice. And the best part? You can bring your thai-riffic drink into the cinemas! So say goodbye to that pricey medium Coke and opt for a Soi 55 Thai milk tea to go with your popcorn or nachos!
Soi 55, Golden Shoe Food Centre, 50 Market Street #02-19, Singapore 048940 and The Cathay Level 5, 2 Handy Road Singapore 229233, www.facebook.com/SoiFiftyFive
This halal Muslim joint is one where we usually hit up when we’re around the Bugis area. The restaurant is serves Southern Thai food and the menu is quite extensive considering its space. For a first-timer, make sure you walk up all the way to the entrance of the shop to ensure that it’s open because the lighting and facade is rather dark and dim. For us, this feel the closest to an authentic milk tea that you can get in Thailand. The sweetness and colouring is just right and the consistency is smooth. We highly recommend for you to take away a glass of Thai Green Milk Tea too if you still have some space after a hearty meal!
Koh Nang Kam, 6 Jalan Kledek, Singapore 198711, (+65) 6392 2172
Another resto on this list, Cha Thai is the brainchild of the guys behind the LoavesMe café at Singapore Management University. This new venture mainly serves the CBD crowd and if you’re not looking to dine in, don’t worry because there’s a designated takeaway counter for those who need their milk tea fixes fast and snappy! At $3.90 a cup, the texture and taste of the tea is rich and smooth and is definitely a good pick-me-up in between meetings.
Cha Thai, 80 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 048466, (+65) 6636 3696, www.facebook.com/chathaisg
Girls, if you fancy your tea strong, Cha Tra Mue is one spot for you to visit on the regular. There’s always a long queue of people ta-baoing tall cups everyday during lunch so if you need your fix, try to avoid the lunch crowd. The milk tea is priced at $2.50 and brewed from Thailand’s Number One Tea brand. We think it’s good value for money considering the size of the cup! There’s also an extra gold version of the tea at the same price which includes extra tea leaves.
Cha Tra Mue, 137 Amoy Street, #01-05, Singapore 049965, (+65) 9383 0419, www.facebook.com/pages/Nams-Brewing-Thai-Teacoffee
Café Pal is a modern Thai cafeteria that’s popular with the students from nearby art schools. Also brewed from Thai Number One brand, their milk tea comes with a slight twist. You can choose to include other add ons such as pearls, homemade grass jelly, aloe vera (yes, kinda like bubble tea) at an additional 50 cents! The taste is milky and definitely doesn’t leave a bitter after taste like some we’ve tried. This one is definitely die die must try!
Café Pal, 43 Middle Road, #01-00, Singapore 188952, www.facebook.com/CafePal