National Bubble Tea Day: Where to order boba tea online and how to make your own pearls
I love boba
The end of April marks a momentous occasion — National Bubble Tea Day. Singaporeans' unwavering love for the tasty boba and tea treats knows no bounds, especially when the expediential threat of deprivation hits. But in the current state of Singapore's circuit breaker, bubble tea outlets are in fact considered a non-essential service. A shocking relevation, now that we think about it.
The good news is that there are plenty of ways you can enjoy a cup of boba, from ordering to making your own pearls in these unprecedented times. To get around this newly-implemented rule, almost all of the notable bubble tea brands have now made their drinks available either through a loophole or a contingency e-commerce. Don't worry, boba fixes are all around — here are your options.
1. Order from restaurants and eateries
Birds of A Feather
Cafe and bar on Amoy Street, Birds of A Feather is delivering boba drinks including their Bird's Brown Sugar Milk Boba Pearl and even offering 20% off their bubble tea orders.
Apply the promo code SAVEFNB to get 20% off your next Birds of A Feather bubble tea order. To order, head to their website here.
Despite being famed for their Crispy Chicken, Monga Singapore launched their own Taiwanese Brown Sugar Oolong Bubble Milk Teas coming in two flavours, original Black Dragon and Green Dragon in rich Matcha. To nab your own bubble milk tea, order it alongside Monga's crispy Fried Chicken cutlet for a hearty meal delight.
To order, WhatsApp 8896 5136 and make sure to place your Monga order one day in advance to secure delivery slots. For walk-in orders head to Monga's SingPost Center outlet.
Another eatery that's got bubble tea on the menu is Hong Kong's very own Honolulu Café. Choose between a mixture of Brown Sugar Bubble Coffee, Brown Sugar Bubble Milk and Brown Sugar Bubble Milk Tea.
Honolulu Café is available for delivery via GrabFood and you can also WhatsApp 6250 3858 for delivery if you are staying near Westgate.
Lai Lai Taiwan Casual Dining
A diner specialising in Taiwanese ramen dishes, Lai Lai Taiwan Casual Dining offers classic Red Milk Tea with pearls or if you're looking for a healthy alternative, their newest addition titled Mix Fruit Tea is a great choice. Plus, it comes with a vibrant mix of fruit slices to munch on.
Located at Maxwell Food Center, this bubble tea stall is definitely varied when it comes to its selections. You'll find popular choices like Brown Sugar Fresh Milk and Earl Grey Milk Tea. Not to mention, they also have unique must-try drinks like Collagen Milk Tea and Mago Smoothie Macchiato.
Available for island wide delivery, WhatsApp 9753 5109 at least one hour in advance to order from Dot Sugar. You can also order on GrabFood, FoodPanda and Deliveroo if you're within 3km of their stall.
2. Order from your favoured brand online
For LiHO fans, you can enjoy a fuss free ordering process through the Boss Happy Home Delivery website. Currently, there are 12 drinks to choose from — with classics like Honey Green Tea, Classic Milk Tea or Salted Caramel Milk Tea. The best part? Instead of just ordering a drink, you can actually grab yourself a full meal from one of the three restaurants available on their website.
Partnering with online restaurant Grain, KOI bubble tea will now be available for purchase alongside delectable dishes including caramelised beef char siew or grilled farm fresh chicken. For a sweet finish, you can indulge in cinnamon churro waffles while sipping on your KOI boba.
Available on the Grain website and app, you can order KOI every day from 11am-9pm. Alternatively, order KOI on GrabFood's Grain restaurant section, available island wide.
Jumping on the partnership bandwagon, Gong Cha has teamed up with Professor Brawn — a social enterprise — to serve you your all-time favourite bubble tea. The catch? You'll have to order at least a day in advance. But with 17 drinks to tickle your fancy — including Earl Grey Milk Tea and Passionfruit Green Tea, it'll be worth the wait. Gong Cha has also announced that they will be partnering with restaurant Chatterbox, Chen's Mapo Tofu and Wolf Burgers to concoct the perfect meal pairing — we're keeping our eyes peeled for that one.
To order Gong Cha, head to Professor Brawn on GrabFood for delivery within the Redhill outlet area. To order island wide, text 8321 2204, a minimum of $30 is required. For more information on Gong Cha's latest delivery initiatives, head to their Facebook page here.
3. Make your own
Exclusively available on Shopee, LiHO is looking out for their loyal fanbase with their own DIY kit — comprising of pre-packed ingredients to use. With this kit, you can make LiHO's iconic Milk Tea with Golden Pearl and their Black Tea Oat with Golden Pearl. What is more, they have laid out a simple recipe you can follow for each drink.
To get your own LiHO DIY Bubble Tea Kit, click here.
Alternatively, if you're up for a challenge and a fun acitvity to do in the kitchen, Bosch has cooked up their own recipe for a Cheese Milk Tea with Pearls. Who knows, your personal concoction might taste sweeter with this method.
What you'll need for a Cheese Milk Tea with Pearls:
1 cup of Tea
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
1/3 cup Tapioca Starch
50ml Whipping Cream
50g Cream Cheese
25ml Fresh Milk
25g Sugar Salt
How to make a Pearl Milk Tea:
1. Mix 1 tablespoon of brown sugar with tapioca starch evenly before pouring in boiling water slowly while mixing until dough-like consistency is achieved.
2. Knead and shape the dough into a thin stick, cut them into small pieces and roll them between your palms to make small round balls.
3. In a pot, boil twice as much water as the amount of pearls that you have and dissolve the remaining brown sugar.
4. Add in the pearls and once you see them floating to the top, turn the heat down to medium. Tip: Use the Bosch Induction Hobs equipped with precise touch control, with up to 17 power levels.
5. After 15 minutes, remove the pearls from the pot and let it sit for 20 minutes.
6. While waiting for the pearls to cool, make a cup of tea of your choice (e.g. black tea).
7. Add in your desired amount of evaporated milk and ice to the cup of tea. After that, pour in the pearls and just like that, you've made your very first Pearl Milk Tea.
For an add-on, here's how to make the cheese foam topping:
1. In a bowl, add in cream cheese and sugar. Using a hand blender like Bosch MaxoMixx, mix the ingredients together with the hand blender's whisk attachment to get a smooth mixture in seconds.
2. Continue to whisk the mixture while pouring in milk slowly until a smooth, foamy consistency is achieved.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk the whipping cream on high speed with the Bosch Hand Blender, until the cream reaches medium peak consistency.
4. Pour the cream into the cream cheese mixture and add in a pinch of salt.
5. Continue to whisk it until its foamy, before wrapping the bowl up with a cling wrap and leaving it in the fridge.
6. Finally, scoop the foamy mixture on top of your milk tea and enjoy the Cheese Milk Tea made by yours truly.