Milking The Thai Milk Trend – 8 Thai Milk Tea Inspired Treats
As much as we love our Kopi-O and Teh-C, it’s undeniable that Singaporeans love a good cup of Thai milk tea as well. This caramel coloured sweet tea is the beverage of choice when curbing the heat from that bowl of green curry or tom yum, and it has now been the source of inspiration for many desserts in Singapore. From an unlikely Korean-Thai pairing to appropriating it with local flavours, we’ve sussed out eight Thai milk treats that fans of this drink should definitely try.
1. The Benjamins
As if Thai milk teas aren’t sweet enough, The Benjamins have rolled out their Thai Milk Tea Over-the-top Shake ($16) that builds on even more sugar, perfect for those with a sweet tooth. Rimmed with condensed milk, the shakes comes loaded with a pale orange Thai tea infused milkshake, and crowned with sugar biscuits, vanilla ice cream and marshmallows. This is almost like a drinkable dessert, and we definitely suggest you share this decadent treat with a friend or two.
Address: Forum the Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road, #01-20/21, Singapore 238884
Phone: +65 6887 4117
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu; Sun: 10:30am – 9pm; Fri – Sat: 10:30am – 9:30pm
2. Chick & Ken
Helping cool down the Thai tea fever is this Thai Tea And Red Ruby Bingsu ($14.90). Starting with the usual base of Korean shaved milk ice, the Thai tea flavour comes from their homemade Thai tea gelee and Thai tea syrup that comes in medicinal syringes. The rather novel presentation made for a unique dining experience, and we’d suggest letting the ice melt a little to form almost like a Thai tea slush – the flavours become more homogenous and they help soften the honeyed corn flakes.
Chick & Ken
Address: 21 Lorong Telok, Singapore 049033
Phone: +65 9652 0905
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
3. Tuk Tuk Cha
Reimagining the classic kaya and toast combination is the Golden Toast With Thai Tea Kaya ($4.20) where you dunk cubes of warm buttered toast in their special Thai tea kaya dip. The crisp bread was a nice contrast to the cold dip, but we would have liked a more intense Thai tea taste to come through from the kaya.
Tuk Tuk Cha
Address: Raffles City, 252 North Bridge Road, #B1-68, Singapore 179103
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 10am – 10pm
4. Creme Maison Bakery
Don’t take a gamble and visit the Creme Maison Bakery outlet without preordering. We were lucky enough to get a slice of their Thai Milk Tea Fudge Loaf ($5 per slice, $38 per loaf) which they had leftover from a previous flea. The cake was dense, but we felt that the Thai tea fragrance could be amped up a notch. We really enjoyed the milk crumble topping that lent a milky and crunchy texture to this loaf cake.
Creme Maison Bakery
Address: 50A Prinsep Street, Singapore 188680
Phone: +65 8181 3689
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11am – 6pm; Sat – Sun: 11am – 3pm
5. Soi 55
Sure, a cup of Thai iced tea is a good way to get a sweet caffeine jolt. But having a Rose Milk Tea ($2.50) is our new favourite way of consuming this drink. Like a dirty latte equivalent, we liked how the rose undertones complemented the tea aroma.
Address: Golden Shoe Food Centre, 50 Market Street, #02-21, Singapore 048940
Phone: +65 9060 4594
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 10am – 5pm
6. The Plain Jane
You’ll find nothing plain about The Plain Jane – a quaint neighbourhood cafe that churns out a selection of swiss rolls – expect for their clean and minimalist interior. And don’t belittle their humble menu and offering, like the Thai Milk Tea Swiss Roll ($5.90) that we had. The decision to serve swiss rolls might sound, well, plain. But the combination of a moist sponge cake layer slathered with luscious Thai milk tea infused buttercream made for a creamy dessert that’s anything but ordinary. We can’t wait to drop by and try some of their other flavours which include the unique Meringue Roulade and zesty Yuzu.
The Plain Jane
Address: Blk 211 Serangoon Ave 4, #01-10, Singapore 550211
Phone: +65 6281 2477
Opening Hours: Mon – Tue, Thu: 12pm – 8pm; Fri: 12pm – 10pm; Sat: 10am – 10pm; Sun: 10am – 8pm
7. Som Tam
Creating Thai cuisine with a modern touch is Som Tam, where traditional Thai flavours are being borrowed and made contemporary. This was exemplified in the Thai Tea Molten Lava Cake ($9.80) that was served with our choice of Thai tea gelato. The soft-baked cake might have had an overpowering sweetness that masked the Thai tea taste, but pairing the cake with their Thai tea gelato helped balanced out the sugary dessert and brought in some much needed notes of tea.
Address: Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, #08-13, Singapore 238896
Phone: +65 6238 6872
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 10pm; Fri – Sun: 11:30am – 10pm
8. Kane Mochi
Also drawing on the Thai tea inspiration is Kane Mochi and their line of ice cream encased within a mochi shell. We went for their Thai Iced Tea mochis ($5.90 for three), and found that these frozen treats are certainly not for people with sensitive teeth. You’ll have to bite through a chewy exterior and frozen middle to properly enjoy this dessert, but having to chew through your ice cream is certainly something novel.
Address: Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street, #02-50, Singapore 188067
Phone: +65 9747 5678
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 10am – 10pm