Huh? Isn’t it National Bubble Tea Day every day? Guiltily looks at my second cup of honey milk tea in a day
Well, I guess it is whenever you want it to be. But it’s also 30 April, according to National Day Calendar.
National Bubble Tea Day
The tradition was started by Kung Fu Tea, an American bubble tea brand that sounds exactly like what Americans would name a brand selling Chinese-influenced drinks.
Anyway, Kung Fu Tea doesn’t exist here, but National Bubble Tea Day made its way across the Pacific to Singapore. You know, like basically no aircraft passenger since April 2020.
Speaking of that, National Bubble Tea Day last year also fell on National No-Bubble-Tea-Shop-Is-Allowed-To-Open Day from 22 April to 19 June. That’s kinda sad.
But 2019 saw a grand bubble tea fiesta, with Gong Cha and Deliveroo hosting the largest bubble tea giveaway in Singapore on 30 April.
According to The Straits Times, the event featured a huge 3.5m-tall bubble tea dispenser in the shape of a cartoon bubble tea cup, promising free drinks to whoever was in the queue before the tea ran out.
About 5,000 cups were given out in the end, with special gifts like free reusable cups for the first 450 people and bamboo straws for everyone in the name of the environment.
You know, they gotta placate their conscience after using 5,000 single-use plastic cups.
Unfortunately, with COVID-19 restrictions in place, this year’s National Bubble Tea Day is likely a much quieter affair. But worry not, there are still special bubble tea promotions for you to commemorate our favourite tea drink.
Gong Cha Flight Terminal
Gong Cha is turning their SingPost Centre outlet into what they call a “flight terminal” from 10 April, with eight new drink options inspired by destinations all around the world, according to Great Deals Singapore.
Because, you know, if you can’t authentically explore the world’s different cultures by yourself, the least you can do is to sample stereotypical flavours that superficially claim to represent your preferred destination.
But you’ve got to admit, the drinks look really good.
Take the “Canadian” Maple & S’mores drink, a decadent pearl milk tea mixed with maple syrup and generously topped with marshmallows. The perfect solution to your sweet tooth.
Feeling fruity? Try the Japanese Grape Vinegar Tea Drink, a refreshing green tea-based drink infused with grape vinegar and aloe vera cubes for texture.
Or the creamy Korean Daebak Banana Drink, a banana milkshake with some additional foamy milk goodness and bits of crunchy chocolate.
There’s even the Mexican Mangonada drink for the more adventurous among us, a mango-flavoured green tea drink… with some chilli. There are even spicy levels: “mild”, “spicy”, and “hot”.
What is this, mala?
If Gong Cha isn’t bougee enough for you, there are also full-leaf iced teas from Starbucks available from 21 April. You can read more about them here.
Also, to know more about bubble tea, watch this video to the end:
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