In case you haven’t heard, the Circuit Breaker period has been extended — this means more restrictions over what is or isn’t an essential business. Previously, most food and beverage outlets remained open for takeaway and delivery, but newly implemented restrictions have caused the temporary shutdown of standalone beverage, packaged snack, confectionary and dessert stores — this includes our local favourite: Bubble Tea.
When the announcement was made on April 21, Singaporeans scrambled to get their final bubble tea fix throughout the evening, before the clock struck 11:59PM. Customers flooded their neighbourhood bubble tea outlets and delivery apps were bombarded with orders. Dare I say there was more demand for bubble tea that night than there was for toilet paper?
For those of you who think you might’ve missed out on your last sip, fret not. As listed on the official List of Essential Services, current essential F&B outlets include hawker centres, coffee-shops, food courts, restaurant and fast food outlets. This means that while standalone bubble tea shops are closed, the ones that are situated within bigger establishments will remain open for takeaway and delivery.
Here are some places you can support while satisfying your tea needs!
1. Monga Fried Chicken
The Taiwanese snack chain remains open, but all bubble tea orders must be purchased with food. Apart from the usual MONGA Fried Chicken Cutlet ($6.90), the SingPost outlet (the only outlet with bubble tea) is offering exclusive Rice Combos — the Crispy Chicken Rice Box and the 6 Piece Nuggets Rice Box ($6.90 each). Their signature Taiwanese Brown Sugar Milk Teas are also available in Original and Matcha flavours, aptly named the Black Dragon ($4.20) and Green Dragon ($4.20) respectively.
Whatsapp Call or message +65 88965136 one day in advance to secure your delivery slot, and walk-in orders can be made at the Monga SingPost Centre outlet. Check out their menu here.
Monga SingPost Centre: 10 Eunos Rd 8, #01-131, SingPost Centre, Singapore 408600
Opening Hours: 11.00am – 9.30pm
Monga ION (not selling BBT): 2 Orchard Turn #B4-62, ION Orchard Mall, Singapore 238801
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 9:30pm
Monga JEM (not selling BBT): 50 Jurong Gateway Rd, #B1-K10 Jem, Singapore 608549
Opening Hours: 11.00am – 9.30pm
2. I Love Taimei
Seven I Love Taimei outlets are still open for business, and you bet you can quench your bubble tea cravings with this Taiwanese street food chain. Their colourful signature milk teas are probably the cutest options available, their 1988 Milk Tea ($4.90) and Moon River ($4.90) topped with a layer of bright blue Butterfly-Pea Tea and their zebra-striped Super Caramel Milk ($3.90).
Bubble tea is only available for delivery via GrabFood and Foodpanda. They also offer DIY Bubble Milk Tea kits at $3.90 each, which are currently sold out, but keep your eyes peeled for a restock! Check out their website here.
Nex: 23 Serangoon Central, #B2-48A, Singapore 556083
Tampines 1: 10 Tampines Central 1, #B1-K8 Tampines 1, Singapore 529563
Hillion Mall: 17 Petir Road, #B2-43, S(678278)
Waterway Point: 83 punggol Central, #B1-K5, Singapore 828761
Bugis Junction: 230 Victoria Street, B1-K-11, Singapore 188024
Bugis Village: 52 Queen Street, #ABFL-21, Singapore 188539
Junction 8: 9 Bishan Place, #B1-22, Singapore 579837
3. Dot Sugar
Located at Maxwell Food Centre, this hawker stall is still open for business, offering islandwide delivery. Offering favourites like Brown Sugar Milk Tea ($2.90), Black Sesame Fresh Milk ($3.30) and Dot Sugar Fruit Tea ($2.50), Dot Sugar also has Hong Kong style desserts, including the classic Mango Pomelo Sago ($3.50).
While regular charges still apply if you place your order on GrabFood, Foodpanda and Deliveroo, there is no minimum order if you make a direct pre-order via WhatsApp. There is a base rate for delivery and an add-on fee for specific locations, so do be sure to double check this when placing an order. Payment can be made through PayNow, PayLah and cash on delivery.
How to order:
1. Dessert Name (Cold/Hot)
2. Drink Name (Medium/Large), (Sugar Level)
3. Delivery Location
5. Mobile Number
Check out their Facebook here.
61 Maxwell Food Centre, 1 Kadayanallur St, Singapore 069184.
Open daily, Mon – Fri 9AM-3PM; 6PM-8PM, Sat & Sun 9AM-3PM.
4. 8 Degrees
This Serangoon Gardens bistro has a pretty extensive menu of Taiwanese favourites, so it’s no surprise that they have a decent selection of bubble milk tea, green tea and grass jelly desserts! Taiwanese food will always taste better when paired with bubble tea, so this is the one stop shop to satisfy your cravings. Their signature dishes include the 8 Degrees Pork Belly Rice ($5.80), Brinjal with Pork Floss ($4.80) and Braised Beef Noodles Soup ($10.80). Their dishes are pretty affordable, and their bubble teas range from $4.50 to $5.80, while desserts go up to $8.80.
Until May 4th, 8 Degrees is offering free delivery within 8km of their store. Pre-orders can be made via WhatsApp at 86201347 or 81808066.
37 Teck Chye Terrace, Singapore 545734
Open daily, Mon – Thur 12PM-3PM; 5PM-9:30PM, Fri 12PM-3PM; 5PM-10:30PM, Sat 12PM-10:30PM, Sun 12PM-9:30PM.
5. Seriously Keto
Is it truly popular if there isn’t a healthier option? Singapore’s first wholly ketogenic bakery is offering Stay At Home snack bundles, along with Thai Milk Tea Jelly ($6.50) and Iced Coffee Coconut Jelly ($6.60) drinks. These low carb, gluten-free, and zero-sugar beverages are sure to satisfy any bubble tea cravings — guilt-free, too!
While Seriously Keto is available via GrabFood, Foodpanda and Deliveroo, opting for their in-house islandwide delivery service will let you enjoy 50% off delivery charges till the end of May! Make a minimus purchase of $100 to enjoy free delivery.
Place your order here.
32 Seah Street, Singapore 188388
Islandwide Delivery: Mon – Sat: 10:30AM-6:30PM
In-store Pickup: Mon – Tues: 11AM-3PM, Wed-Sat: 11AM-6PM
Closed on Sundays
6. Tea Pulse
While it’s not bubble tea, Kombucha is a drink that many know and love. Bottled fresh daily, this sweet beverage is thought to contain probiotics, which are beneficial for your health. While Kombucha can be made at home if you have a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), and it might be a while before you get to drink it due to the need for fermentation. Tea Pulse, however, does all the work for you and can deliver your weekly Kombucha dose right to your doorstep! You have the option to purchase Pure Kombucha ($13) or a Lemongrass Kombucha concoction ($5.60). If you’re not a fan of Lemongrass or you have a specific tea or juice you’d prefer, we recommend the Pure Kombucha — all you have to do is mix it with the unsweetened tea or fruit juice of your choice, and there you have it: your ideal Kombucha concoction.
Do take note that the weekly home delivery schedule varies depending on your location, so please submit your orders at least 2 days before your expected delivery date. Check them out here.