Hailing from Tainan, Taiwan, Milksha 迷客夏 (also known as “Milkshop” in Taiwan) officially opens its first franchised Southeast Asian outlet at Suntec City on 22 June 2019, 11am. With over 230 outlets in Taiwan, 20 in China and two in Hong Kong, it is no doubt a popular bubble milk tea brand in Taiwan, and voted no. 1 by Taiwan university students.
Milksha uses 100% natural fresh milk and other natural ingredients such as sugar from sugar cane for their products, with no preservatives, chemical ingredients or artificial colourings. Another factor that sets Milksha apart is their signature honey pearls which are freshly cooked in Tainan, quick-freeze to maintain its texture and taste consistency, before being air-flown directly to Singapore and steeped in honey. To ensure freshness, the honey pearls are prepared in batched every two hours.
The brand rolls out 4 series: Fresh Milk Series, Fresh Milk Tea Latte Series, Premium Tea Series and Special Concoctions. The five signatures that will be sold here include Azuki Matcha Milk, Fresh Taro Milk, Valrhona 100% Cocoa Milk, Refreshing Orange Green Tea and Earl Grey Latte with Honey Pearl. Toppings will include honey pearls, grass jelly and pudding.
Fresh Taro Milk 4.2/5
Made using taro specially imported from Dajia 大甲 in Taiwan, hand-mashed and blended with fresh milk, the Fresh Taro Milk ($5.60) is a favourite, where you can taste the freshness of the real taro used, and soft bits of taro pulp in the drink.
Azuki Matcha Milk 4/5
With matcha powder specially imported from century-old brand Izumo Tousuien, and sweet azuki beans, the Azuki Matcha Milk ($5.60) has a well-balanced bittersweet flavour, with the soft azuki beans adding a nice bite and a subtle sweetness to the drink.
Brown Sugar Milk with Honey Pearls 4/5
The Brown Sugar Milk with Honey Pearls ($5.60) offers a special twist to the usual brown sugar milk beverages. The earthy, caramelised flavour of the brown sugar and creamy fresh milk paired well with the subtle fragrant floral sweetness of the chewy honey pearls.
Valrhona 100% Cocoa Milk 3.8/5
The Valrhona 100% Cocoa Milk ($4.80) uses premium Valrhona cocoa from France. It was, however, lacklustre as compared to the rest of the drinks. With the creaminess of fresh milk overshadowing the hints of cocoa, every sip boasts a dark bitter taste, yet we felt that the chocolate-flavour was not richly intense enough to make an impression.
Photos and words by Crystal. A girl who likes to eat, photograph, and write about food and dreams about travelling around the world one day. Note: This is an invited tasting.
Suntec City Mall
3 Temasek Boulevard
Tower 3, #02-375/376
Nearest MRT: Promenade (CC Line, DT Line), Esplanade (CC Line)
Daily: 11am – 10pm
1) Alight at Promenade MRT station. Take Exit C. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Esplanade MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]