Jiak Zua – Fruit Tea Made with Homemade Sugar in Oxley Tower
You’re stuck in downtown Singapore. The weather is scorching and you badly crave an iced beverage to beat the heat. The usual hawker centre or coffeeshop is nowhere in sight and now, you’re dying for a drink. Well, why not go to Jiak Zua? Yes, you heard that right. In Singlish, “jiak zua” means “eat snake” which implies that one is skiving. Imagine the face on your superiors when they overhear you telling your colleagues “Hey, let’s go Jiak Zua”.
Jiak Zua brings refreshing ice fruit tea and tasty cheese tea together. The space really makes you feel like “jiak zua-ing”, especially in the middle of a busy work week or day. “There are very few spaces for the working crowd to hang out at, and we hope that Jiak Zua will be the go-to spot for working people to chill,” shared Anna, director of Jiak Zua. Wouldn’t it be nice to take a break, sip on a cup of fruit tea, while enjoying a great view of the skyline?
The Mix Fruit Tea ($6.90) is one of the bestsellers. It’s made with freshly brewed jasmine tea, and cut fruits which include mango, watermelon, lime, calamansi and passion fruit. This tall cup of concoction is everything you desire in our never-ending summer. Not only is it a pretty and tasty beverage, it contains some serious health benefits. While the fruits are packed with essential vitamins, the jasmine tea aids in digestion, and lowers blood pressure and cholesterol.
What sets Jiak Zua apart from the rest is its offerings of healthier tea options. “Healthy? Don’t these drinks have sugar?” You may ask. Yes, but Jiak Zua uses their own sugar which is made in-house with lemons and no additives. The recipe for their healthier sugar syrup actually originated from China. Besides the fruit tea, the same sugar is added to their Ice Red Tea ($3.40) as well. While the mixed fruit tea was a delight, the ice red tea did not impress. Its tasted like teh-o, so I didn’t think it was value for money. I’ll suggest that you pick their fruit tea which is so much tastier.
So, you’ve tried Liho’s version of cheese tea and ticked it off your food bucket list? Then, you have to try Jiak Zua’s rendition. I’ve tried Liho’s and Jiak Zua’s cheese tea, and I can safely say that Jiak Zua’s homemade cheese foam wins hands down. It’s much creamier and thicker, with a mouthfeel and taste similar to that of cheesecake. Super delicious! You might dislike it if you aren’t a fan of sweet stuff though.
I ordered two of their cheese teas — Dragon Fruit Cheese ($6.90) and Peach Oolong Cheese Tea ($5.40). Drink it how you want, but the staff recommends drinking it with the cup tilted 45 degrees to get the best of both worlds. I found the dragon fruit cheese tea slightly bland. With the 45-degrees tilt, the sweet cheese foam gave the dragon fruit blend some depth. The pairing might be slightly exotic for many, but if you’re up for something unique, try it! According to the owner, dragonfruits are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C which strengthen our immune system, and prevent diseases.
The peach oolong cheese tea here is a star Before being served, the tea is actually blended so that the tea is more aromatic.. That explained the intense oolong fragrance which perfumed each sip. Unlike the dragon fruit cheese, the cheese foam marries exceptionally well with the peach oolong. This will be my g0-to beverage whenever I visit Jiak Zua!
Address: 138 Robinson Road, #02-01/02 Oxley Tower, Singapore 068906
Opening Hours: Weekdays 9.30am to 5.30pm. Weekends closed.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
Let’s build a food community that helps to update the food news in Singapore! Simply comment below if there’s any changes or additional info to Jiak Zua. We will verify and update from our side. Thanks in advance!