Singapore can’t seem to get enough of bubble tea. In June, new home-grown brand LiHo replaced Gong Cha after the franchise operator decided against renewing its contract. But Gong Cha has vowed to return in a “bigger, better, upgraded format”.
In Woodlands, RP students are spoilt for choice as they have four chains – LiHo, ShareTea, Koi and Each-a-Cup – they can turn to for their fix. The Republican Post’s Muhammad Hisham Mohamed Ali sets out on a taste test to see which milk tea is worth the calories. Each of the milk tea tested had the same sugar level of 50 per cent and came without topping.
|Sharetea||Liho||Each A Cup||Koi|
|Price Range: Like all the other shops on this list, the prices does not exceed $6.||Price Range: Similar to other shops, their most expensive large drink does not exceed $6 and their prices start at $2.20.||Price range:Prices start at $2.50 and the most expensive large-size drink does not exceed $6.||Price Range: Prices are between $2.20 and $6.10.|
|Price: The medium milk tea costs $2.60.||Price: The medium milk tea costs $2.80.||Price: The medium milk tea costs $2.80.||Price: A medium milk tea costs $2.90.|
|Location: Woodlands Interchange Level 1, next to Burger King.||Location: Causeway Point Basement 1.||Location: Causeway Point Basement 1.||Location: Woodlands Interchange Level 1, next to Starbucks.|
|Waiting Time: Approximately two to three minutes.||Waiting Time: Surprisingly, we waited for less than a minute.||Waiting Time: Approximately 10 minutes||Waiting Time: Approximately five minutes.|
|Taste: There’s a nice blend of sweetness with the tea despite the 50% sweetness.||Taste: Compared to the other bubble teas, the milk tea from LiHo is actually blander and it seems to be missing the taste of tea.||Taste: For a bubble tea with 50% sweetness, it’s actually quite sweet. There’s a reasonable sweetness to tea taste ratio.||Taste: Although not as bland as the one from LiHo, it falls just short of the ones by Share Tea and Each-A- Cup. However, it does have a reasonable blend of sweetness and tea.|
|Final Rating: A nicely blended milk tea that can satisfy anybody who doesn’t have a sweet tooth. 3.5/5||Final Rating: Maybe it’s because of the 50% sweetness, but this particular milk tea from LiHo gets a 2/5.||Final rating: While Each-A-Cup provides a reasonably tasty bubble tea, the waiting time is unfortunately the downside. 3.5/5||Final Rating: The expectation for the milk tea here is a little bit higher as it is the most expensive among the drinks tested. 3/5|