If you look at Singapore’s bubble tea scene today, it’s saturated with huge chains like LiHo, Koi and, more recently, Gongcha. Which are great, don’t get me wrong. But sometimes, just sometimes, we’re craving for something different. Something new and refreshing.
For one, it looks good. Totally good, like at least 150 Instagram-Likes-Worthy good. And two, it tastes so good.
If you’re wondering why you’ve never heard of Bober Tea before now, that’s because they didn’t even exist two months back.
Yup, they’ve only just landed in Singapore. The north of Singapore, to be exact. At a super busy MRT station.
Here’s what you need to know about this shop that might bring a fresh change to Singapore’s bubble tea scene since the bikini girls’ days.
Located in Bishan, this quaint little bubble tea shop is making life really good for the northerners.
For one, they have bubble tea similar to what the big chains have, with a little twist.
Like their Hokkaido Milk Tea Caps
Yes, you read that right. Hokkaido milk tea caps.
If you’re not as well-versed in bubble-theology (yes, I just made that word up) and bubble tea caps, it’s that delicious white colour cream floating on top of your tea.
Think the recent cheese tea craze, except it’s sweet and creamy Hokkaido Milk made every 3 hours, instead of savoury cheese.
And because they know that not everyone has a sweet tooth (who doesn’t?!), they have their own version of cheese caps for you to slurp on as well.
Plus, They Have a “Dabao” Version Too
Going to get onto the train or want to keep the drink in your bag? Or just want to keep this lovely bottle for yourself?
You can “dabao” your latte or Hokkaido milk tea in this sleek and portable bottle, and bring it home, at absolutely no extra charge.
Unique Flavours at Bober Tea
Today, bubble tea isn’t just milk tea with pearls. Oh no, the flavours must be interesting enough to catch our eyes.
Here are a few that might just make you want to head north this week.
Brown Sugar Series
Brown sugar in milk tea? Hell, yeah!
This is something you should try at least once in your lifetime. And they have four different types of drinks in their brown sugar series.
Brown Sugar Boba Fresh Milk
And by boba, we mean the pearls. According to the folks at Bober Tea, the pearls must be at 65°C because that’s the optimal temperature for the pearls to absorb all the brown sugar goodness, yet retain its chewiness (read: QQ-texture).
And if that isn’t touching enough, the pearls have to be soaked in brown sugar for two hours to absorb the taste of brown sugar.
When you take a sip, you’ll taste the tea first before feeling a wave of sugary goodness. By far the most complicated yet the best bubble tea experience my colleague had when she tried the drink.
Brown Sugar Grass Jelly/Black Konjac Fresh Milk
What’s konjac jelly? It’s like aiyu jelly, except sweeter, which is why it matches the milk tea so much better.
Warning: For people with sweet tooth, you might not stop at one.
Fancy something that’s not so sweet? Go for grass jelly instead!
Brown Sugar Milk Cap Fresh Milk
Now we’re getting to the big boys. Imagine Brown Sugar Fresh Milk (mentioned above), now topped with smooth Hokkaido milk cap with caramelised brown sugar on top for that perfect crunch.
By the way, this is their bestseller.
Brown Sugar Cheese Cap Milk Tea
And finally, we have the little sister to the Brown Sugar Milk Cap Fresh Milk, the Brown Sugar Cheese Cap Fresh Milk.
If you’re someone who loves sweet stuff with a hint of saltiness, this is the one for you.
P/S: They’re the only ones in Singapore that does this drink right now, so make sure to try it.
The brown sugar on top of the drink is torched to perfection, giving you a crunchy bite of the caramelised sugar.
Black Glutinous Rice Milk Tea
You’ll be wondering, black glutinous rice with milk tea?! Does that even work?!
Trust me, I know. But it surprisingly works well. According to my fellow writer in the office, it tasted a lot like pulot hitam. You know, that traditional dessert we all love. Except better.
Black Sugar Konjac Jelly Milk Tea
This is the same drink as the Brown Sugar Black Konjac Fresh Milk, except without the brown sugar.
Roasted Oolong Milk Tea with Walnut Crunch
We’ve been talking about sweet stuff so far. Here’s one for the healthier folks out there.
Bober Tea’s roasted oolong milk tea with walnut crunch is perfect for you if you prefer something smokier, something that’ll bring you out to the wild woods.
The walnut adds an earthy flavour to the entire drink and it’s perfect for people who don’t like their drinks too sweet.
Uji Matcha Latte
If you love matcha, this one you confirm-plus-chop cannot miss.
Other than looking all nice and pretty, each of these babies is made with 5g of premium grade matcha imported directly from Japan.
Be sure to capture the Instagram moment before you drink. It was so beautiful we just had to do a video on it.
Infused Fruit Teas
Bubble tea was the craze back then, but today, infused fruit teas are all the rage right now.
And Bober Tea is no different.
Their offerings include the Ruby Grapefruit Green Tea with Boba Pop which is great for your digestive system after a heavy meal.
The Supreme Fruit Burst, which contains watermelon, strawberry, orange, lime and passionfruit bits with a red or green tea base.
So you’ll get your bubble tea fix, nutrients and digestive wellness all at one go.
Where: 200 Bishan Road, #01-01, Singapore 579827 (Bishan MRT Exit C)
Opening Hours: 10 am to 10 pm daily
Bober Tea was founded by two close friends, Joseph Oh and Eugene Yap. After visiting Taiwan and China, they realised that there is better bubble tea out there. Their goal is to discover new and interesting flavours of bubble tea to offer to Singaporeans.
This article was first published on goodyfeed.com and written in collaboration with Bober Tea.