Bubble tea spots may be shut down for now, but there are always alternative ways to get your boba...
If you were one of the few sugar addicts who groaned in despair when the circuit breaker extension was announced, effectively forcing the closure of all your favourite standalone bubble tea spots, worry no more. As it is with life, there are always loopholes around the rules – these hawker stalls and cafes prove that. The CB may have tried its hardest, but at the end of the day, bubble tea still wins. Read on to find out where to get your pearl and milk tea combo!
Grain x Koi
Online restaurant Grain is collaborating with everyone’s favourite boba store to dole out meals and fresh cups of bubble tea. Now you can get grilled chicken, caramelised beef char siew and even desserts like cinnamon churro waffles to go with your usual order of peach green tea, hazelnut milk tea and brown sugar fresh milk.
Koi, available for delivery on the Grain website and app in the East (from 28 Apr) and West (from 5 May), also available islandwide via GrabFood.
Chicha San Chen
Bubble tea lovers, rejoice! One of the city’s top brands remains open, and it’s even delivering across the country these days. We’re not entirely sure how it bypassed the rules – perhaps because it also offers a braised duck set on the menu, which requires a minimum spend of $20. All that aside, you can still get your regular dose of bubble milk tea, fruit tea, and fresh milk with brown sugar pearls, but you’ll just have to fork out a lot more for delivery.
Chicha San Chen, available for islandwide delivery via GrabFood.
Wolf Burgers x Gong Cha
The local burger joint knows what’s up, and it’s feeding our boba obsession by roping in Gong Cha to pad its delivery menu. Chow down on hearty bun-and-patty options such as wagyu, truffle mushroom beef, dry aged beef, wasabi fried fish, salted egg chicken, miso tofu veggie and salmon. Then wash it all down with familiar bubble tea favourites like pearl milk tea, taro drink, brown sugar fresh milk with pearl, and passion fruit green tea.
Wolf Burgers, order online or via GrabFood.
Yum Cha x Milksha
Now you can pad your dim sum order with bubble tea from Milksha. Signature beverages like fresh taro milk, brown sugar milk with honey pearls, Earl Grey latte and orange green tea are available for order.
Milksha, order online for delivery.
Another burger and bubble tea combo? We’re so here for it. With sets starting from an affordable $9.90, you can get fried chicken, beer-battered fish, pork rib and spicy beef burgers to go with your fries and standard oolong milk, Earl Grey lemon or taro milk tea with pearls. Alcoholic bubble tea concoctions are on the menu too, if anyone’s interested!
Route 65, order online for delivery.
Fried chicken and bubble tea? Now there’s a heart-stopping union we can get behind. The Taiwanese snack chain is now delivering islandwide, and it’s added a series of drinks to its menu: brown sugar fresh milk boba, boba milk assam tea, and honey fresh green tea. Oh, and for a limited time only, you can get a free cup of bubble tea with every order above $35.
Shihlin, order online for islandwide delivery, minimum order $30, delivery fee $4.99.
Joining forces with Woo Ricebox, Paik’s Bibim, Tino’s Pizza and Gong Yuan Ma La Tang, the local bubble tea brand is still alive and kicking during the circuit breaker. Choose from a limited menu and get your drinks delivered along with a hearty meal. Or splash your cash on the DIY kit sold on Shopee. Starting from $48, the price tag isn’t exactly kind to your wallet, but you’ll get a bag of tea leaves, creamer (or oat milk), golden pearls, raw sugar, and a couple of (rather unnecessary) cups and straws. Good to sustain you for the next few weeks with 15 to 20 cups.
Liho, available for delivery via GrabFood.
Joy Luck Teahouse x Kam’s Roast
Get your dose of milk tea from Hong Kong’s famous Kam Kee Cafe, thanks to this partnership. The HK-style bubble tea, called Pearl of the Orient, is made with three types of Sri Lankan black tea leaves, milk and brown sugar pearls. Plus, you can choose to add a splash of marine collagen to your drink. Each order has to include a Kam’s Roast main dish. P.S. If you haven’t heard, Joy Luck Teahouse is due to open in the third quarter of 2020, serving up egg tarts, pineapple buns and thick milk tea. So think of this as a sneak peek.
Kam’s Roast, available for delivery online or via GrabFood, Deliveroo and Foodpanda.
Brought to you by the same team behind Winnie’s, this Compass One cafe naturally offers its sister brand on the menu. Get your fix with drinks like afternoon milk tea, black sugar caramel fresh milk, apple green tea, charred oolong tea, floral honey rose tea and more. Plus, top it all off with the likes of pearls, nata de coco, basil seeds or aiyu jelly.
Zoey’s Diner, available for delivery via Foodpanda, Deliveroo and GrabFood.
Folks who live near Thomson Plaza can still get your regular dose of brown sugar boba milk, as the brand’s Koufu food court outlet continues shaking up sweet drinks. Roasted oolong macchiato, here we come.
R&B Tea, available for delivery via Foodpanda.
Menya Kokoro x Emma
Menya Kokoro is offering its mazesoba dishes alongside Emma’s boba drinks for takeaway and delivery. On the food side, you’ll find dry ramen bowls, as well as tonkotsu broth ramen, house-made gyoza, and chicken karaage. But let’s not forget what you’re really here for: The Hokkaido milk bubble tea. Which comes in flavours like houjicha latte, kokuto latte and kokuto matcha latte – all swirling with pearls.
Menya Kokoro x Emma, call +65 6443 1727 (100AM outlet) or +65 6261 2428 (Plaza Singapura outlet) to order, minimum purchase $25, delivery fee $5-$12, free delivery for orders above $80. Or order via GrabFood.
Takagi Ramen x FrothTea
This ramen joint is delivering noodle bowls along with bubble tea all across the island. For every cup of passion fruit tea, brown sugar fresh milk, oolong tea, black tea or green tea sold, $1 will be donated to local charity Free Food For All, a group that provides free halal meals to those in need. The aim is to raise $10,000, but if the goal isn’t met, Takagi Ramen will top up the difference. If there’s ever a time to chug bubble tea for a good cause, this is it!
Takagi Ramen x FrothTea, order online for delivery, free delivery for orders above $50.
I Love Taimei
Since it’s a snack store offering cooked food, the Taiwanese chain gets to operate during the circuit breaker season. So you can happily get your cravings for fried chicken, sweet potato fries and bubble tea satiated. Besides milk teas, fresh teas and brown sugar drinks, the brand also offers signatures such as lychee black tea with cream, caramel milk and yam milk tea. Just take note that you can’t make walk-in orders, and all boba drinks have to be purchased with food.
I Love Taimei, available for delivery via GrabFood and Foodpanda, limited to two food items and two drinks per customer.
Professor Brawn x Gong Cha
Both the cafe at Ang Mo Kio and bistro at Redhill’s Enabling Village have islandwide delivery and takeaway menus. But you’ll only get Gong Cha at the latter. Yep, you heard right. Your go-to bubble tea brand is back in the biz, teaming up with the social enterprise to offer signatures like pearl milk tea, brown sugar milk tea, Earl Grey milk tea with 3J, taro drink, brown sugar fresh milk, milk foam winter melon, and loads more.
Professor Brawn, available for delivery with Gong Cha drinks from the Redhill outlet via GrabFood, delivery only within the area. For islandwide delivery, minimum order $30, delivery fees range from $8 to $15, call or WhatsApp +65 8321 2204 to order.
Monga Fried Chicken
Don’t let the name fool you. Besides its famed fried chicken cutlet and sweet potato fries with plum powder, the snack joint also serves up a mean range of Taiwanese brown sugar bubble oolong milk teas. Think Black Dragon (original) and Green Dragon (matcha). Other drink options include grapefruit green tea, osmanthus oolong tea and orange green tea. P.S. you’ll have to purchase your boba with a food item.
Monga Fried Chicken, available for walk-in orders at Monga SingPost Centre and islandwide delivery, free delivery with minimum order of $30, call or WhatsApp +65 8896 5136 one day in advance.
This Maxwell Food Centre stall made headlines not too long ago for its affordable selection of desserts and drinks. Now, its popularity has exploded, thanks to the circuit breaker shutting down most of its competition. Go straight for those liquid calories in the form of brown sugar fresh milk, fruit teas, milk teas and more.
Dot Sugar, available for islandwide delivery, WhatsApp +65 9753 5109 one to two hours in advance to order, delivery fees according to location; also available on GrabFood, Foodpanda and Deliveroo.
Eat 3 Bowls
Taiwanese cafe Eat 3 Bowls is known for its braised pork rice, oyster mee sua and chicken rice – all of which you can get with beverages like bubble tea latte, green tea with Yakult and fresh milk with brown sugar pearls.
Eat 3 Bowls, available for islandwide delivery, get $8 off delivery with minimum spend of $50, delivery fee depends on area.
Want a side of boba to go with your kueh pie tee, ayam buah keluak and sambal fried rice? Get the Malacca bubble milk tea from this Peranakan joint. Or make your drink extra creamy with add-ons like XO durian, D24 durian and durian pengat.
The Peranakan, available for islandwide delivery with $10 delivery fee and $50 minimum order.
Hougang heartlanders will know of this cosy cafe at Ci Yuan Community Centre. And yes, because the F&B spot features pastas, pizzas and baked rice dishes on its menu, it’s still open during the circuit breaker period. Just put in your orders online and get milk teas in variations like brown rice, honey, hazelnut, caramel, mixed berries, brown sugar, taro and charcoal oolong.
Sod Cafe, available for islandwide delivery online.
The Hong Kong eatery famous for its egg tarts and milk tea is doling out favourites like brown sugar bubble coffee, brown sugar bubble milk tea and brown sugar fresh milk. Anyone up for an afternoon sugar rush?
Honolulu Cafe, available for delivery via GrabFood, WhatsApp +65 6250 3858 for delivery within 5km of Westgate, or pickup at the Westgate outlet.
Lai Lai Taiwan Casual Dining
Specialising in beef noodles and braised pork rice, this Taiwanese eatery at City Square Mall offers discounts for takeaway orders. Try the red milk tea with pearls or go the healthier route with fruit teas that come stuffed with actual fruit slices.
Lai Lai Taiwan Casual Dining, available for delivery via Foodpanda and GrabFood.
A sweet stall at Toa Payoh Lor 8 Market & Hawker Centre, Dessert Monster sells local treats such as grass jelly and chendol alongside soy milk versions of bubble tea with tapioca pearls and gula melaka.
Dessert Monster, available for free delivery within Toa Payoh with minimum order of $30, call or text +65 8118 4347 to order.
No pearls? No problem. Get your sweet sips of Thai milk tea, green milk tea and Earl Grey milk tea from Broti. Just be sure to make your purchase early, as the store stops taking orders once it reaches its limit.
Broti, available for islandwide delivery between 4pm to 7pm, free delivery with minimum order of 3 cups, order online.
Lu Ding Ji
With every braised pork rice bowl and Taiwanese snack you order from the eatery, you can add on customisable bubble tea options. Start with a base of red, green or milk tea, mix in flavours such as mint, peach, mango, salted caramel and brown sugar, and top it all off with mini pearls, coconut jelly or strawberry “popballs”.
Lu Ding Ji, available for islandwide delivery with no minimum order.
An ayam penyet stall that offers food bundles with bubble tea, the Muslim-owned eatery hops on the boba bandwagon with its classic combination of fresh milk topped with gula melaka and pearls.
Faves SG, available for islandwide delivery with $10 delivery fee, WhatsApp +65 9753 5109 by 10pm the day before to order.