The waves of frothy milky tea with chewy tapioca pearls have landed on our shores and swept the nation with what seems like a frenzy. Originally concocted in Taiwan during the 1980s, it has since trickled down to shop lots countrywide, and can be seen nestled in between coffee joints. Hurrah! Now Malaysians are spoilt for choice but luckily this comprehensive list will help solve your bubble tea woes.
For The Crème Brulee Lover
If you are someone who loves dessert you should definitely give The Alley a go. Famous for its impossible-to-pronounce-in-one-breath-yet-so-sinful Brown Sugar Deerioca Crème Brulee Milk, the combination of The Alley’s rich crème brulee, warm brown sugar pearls paired up with smooth, silky milk is a gulp of wonderful surprise. One thing for sure, this is one alley you want to be seen at. Our top pick: Brown Sugar Deerioca Crème Brulee Milk and Earl Grey Tea Latte.
2. For The Milk Connoisseur
Tiger Sugar probably was the most anticipated bubble tea chain to open in Malaysia. The brand’s popular brown sugar series had bubble tea enthusiast flocking the outlet when it was newly opened, forming lines as far as the eyes could see. And with good reasons too. Tiger Sugar uses fresh milk from Japan’s top dairy brand, Meiji that is said to be creamier than the average milk. Our top pick: Brown Sugar Boba Milk with Cream Mousse and Green Tea Latte with Cream Mousse.
3. For The Boba Addict
Xing Fu Tang
Perhaps one of the latest bubble milk tea brand to join the growing bubble tea bandwagon in Malaysia is Xing Fu Tang. Hailed as one of the top bubble tea chains in Taiwan, customers have been spotted lining up for over an hour to witness Xing Fu Tang’s specialty- which is stir-fried brown sugar pearls that is cooked at the shop daily (and to insta-story the process too!). The result are caramelised pearls and envious peers lusting on Instagram. Our top pick: Brown Sugar Boba Milk and Mango Smoothie Rabbit Panna Cotta.
4. For The Nostalgic Individual
Remember way back when you were in primary school and a hearty bowl of Tau Fu Fah is considered a treat? Tea Amo takes us back to those glorious childhood days by incorporating this staple snack in their bubble tea. Tea Amo is also one of the few stores that offers dessert with an array of toppings including- yup you guessed it, pearls! Head on over to Tea Amo and select your preferred way to enjoy those chewy pearls. Our top pick: Royal Milk Tea with Brown Sugar Pearls and Rose Milk Tea.
5. For The Promo Hunter
Let’s face it, who doesn’t love a good deal? Especially Malaysians. And boy these bubble teas are a sure run for your money. So what can you do when you have suuuper cravings but not enough buck? TeaLive is your answer. One of the earliest bubble tea chain to open up literally everywhere, their drinks have been a go-to for bubble tea addicts and they are often generous with their promotions too- partnering up with various parties to let their customers enjoy delicious drinks at an affordable price. Great flavour with great price, what’s not to love? Our top pick: Brown Sugar Pearl Milk Tea and Fresh Milk Bang Bang.
Written by: Sarah M.