Bubble Tea, otherwise known as 泡泡茶, is a popular beverage amongst Singaporeans. Currently, there are approximately 47 brands in Singapore that caters to our need for a sugary fix. However, these brands will now have to temporarily shut its doors due to the tightening of essential businesses during the circuit breaker period. As a result, long queues were seen at bubble tea stores across the island late into the night on 21 April as everyone rushed to get their last fix of sugar.
Being the typical “kan chiong spiders” that we are, we have failed to realise that there are bubble tea stores that are still in operation. So, fret not as we introduce them to you now.
Rejoice, lovers of Gongcha! There are currently two outlets that are still operating, one at Enabling Village in Redhill and one at Ang Mo Kio. You can now travel to either one of these two stores to purchase your daily fix of bubble tea. On the other hand, the brand offers an island-wide delivery for pre-orders (a day in advance) at its Enabling Village branch. Delivery charges are subjected to location with a minimum order of $30.
Although there are no physical stores in operation, the brand is offering delivery via GrabFood for its islandwide outlets with the exception of its Fusionopolis branch that uses Foodpanda.
A popular brand in the competitive bubble tea industry, you can find R&B at an outlet that is secluded within a Koufu foodcourt at Thomson Plaza. The outlet has been classified as a food court stall and thus, is permitted to continue operations. The brand is also offering delivery services via Foodpanda so that you can continue to enjoy it during this circuit breaker period.
For addicts of Tiger Sugar, there is still an outlet in operation within food enclave Pasarbella at Suntec City. You can either make a trip down to get your fix or use GrabFood delivery service that is limited to a 3km radius. Furthermore, the brand is offering an island-wide delivery till May 5 with no minimum order required and delivery fees subjected to location.
An astute brand, Liho is still available for purchase with a meal at partner restaurants under its parent company Royal T Group. These restaurants include Paik’s Bibim, Gong Yuan Ma La Tang, Woo Ricebox and Tino’s Pizza. Additionally, you can also get nine of your all-time favourites (Earl Grey Milk Tea, Brown Sugar Milk Tea, etc.) through GrabFood delivery or DIY your own Liho bubble tea by getting their bubble tea kit.
Fans of KOI, worry not! The brand has collaborated with homegrown food delivery startup Grain to sell its bubble tea concoctions. There are two options – purchasing it with a meal or a la carte at $2. Grain charges $4 for deliveries to the East and $12 for further destinations. Alternatively, KOI offers island-wide delivery via GrabFood.
In this trying period, it is heartening to know that our bubble tea industry is still going strong through partnerships with restaurants and island-wide delivery options. Singaporeans, as usual, are spoiled for choice. If you have any bubble tea cravings, above are some of the ways you can get your sugar fix.