Let’s face it, food and beverage trends tend to come and go. But not for bubble teas. Since the bubble tea craze made its mark in the late 1990s, we have seen the rise and fall and rise again of this delicious beverage over the last two decades until today. Now, most of us may have grown accustomed to commonly-seen or popular bubble tea brands like Chatime, Tealive and to a certain extent, Gong Cha. If you are looking for a new or alternative selection, here are the 8 bubble tea brands in Klang Valley that you might want to try.
1) Soylab @ Damansara Uptown
Soy milk beverage is nothing new. You can easily find them in a food truck as well as packet, bottle or canned forms in supermarkets and convenience stores. But how often do you find a cafe that dedicates exclusively to soy milk-related products? Originated from Baixian Food Industries Sdn Bhd, every soy product in Soylab is made from the carefully-selected premium non-GMO beans. They even pride themselves in creating a range of soy products that contain no preservatives or artificial flavouring whatsoever. Some of their recommended products include the silky-smooth signature tau foo fah and “Soy Frozen”, which is basically a soy-based shaved ice topped with adzuki red beans, grass jelly cubes and crushed peanuts. Fans of bubble milk tea can look forward to their unique “Bean Looking For Her” or “Bean Looking For Him”. Instead of using tea as a base, they combine soymilk or black soybean milk with freshly cooked tapioca pearls and homemade brown sugar syrup.
2) Tiger Sugar @ Sunway Pyramid
In a seemingly never-ending bubble milk tea brands from Taiwan, here’s the latest one that finally made its mark in Malaysia earlier this year: Tiger Sugar. Located at Sunway Pyramid, Tiger Sugar is named as such because of its “tiger stripes”-like dark brown sugar combo with a thick milk tea made from fresh milk. Each of the aforementioned ingredient as well as others like boba pearls is all freshly prepared on a daily basis.
3) Cojiitti @ The Starling Mall
Located on the first floor in Damansara Uptown’s Starling Mall, Cojiitti specialises in cocoa-based milk tea varieties. They use only the best and high-quality ingredients for their menus such as Cojii Cocoa, Dark Chocolate and Milk Chocolate. If you are not into chocolate, rest assured they have other selections as well such as their Milk Tea, Flavored Tea and Cheese Cover series.
4) One Tea @ V Boulevard, Sunway Velocity
The Sunway Velocity mall itself has already housed a number of popular bubble milk tea brands. But if you are looking to take a break from tasting the same old brand, you might want to try One Tea located at VR2-01-06 in V Boulevard. They have seven types of handcrafted tea drinks to choose from, such as the Signature Milk Tea and Insta-Famous Milk series. You can also personalise your tea by choosing the ice and sugar levels as well as adding extra toppings like pearl and red bean. Some of their recommended drinks include the Purple Sweet Potato Milk Tea, Brown Sugar Marble Pearl Milk and Black Dragon Oolong Tea. For non-tea lovers, you can opt for something else like Mango Ice Blended, Guava Bale or Blue Smurf (Lime Yakult).
5) Chatto – Handcrafted Tea Bar @ Various Locations
First introduced in Johor Bahru back in 2017, Chatto – Handcrafted Tea Bar has since opened a few more branches including two Klang Valley outlets in Jalan Genting Klang and Bandar Sunway. They specialise in handcrafted tea beverage using premium tea base sourced directly from Japan, Taiwan and China. Some of their signature tea drinks include the Hojicha Green Tea, Cheese Wintermelon Tea and Charcoal Pearl Oolong Tea.
6) Moomin Bubbles @ Sunway Pyramid
First things first, Moomin actually refers to the name of the white hippo-like cartoon character created by Finnish-Swedish artist Tove Jansson back in the 1940s. Moomin was even featured in various merchandises such as mugs, clothes and beverages. And if you like all things Moomin or something that is cute, you might want to check out their bubble tea beverages in Sunway Pyramid. You will find various flavours such as fresh milk tea with brown sugar pearls and their bestselling Snow Cheese tea series.
7) OneZo @ SS 15, Subang Jaya
OneZo is reputed for being the first tea shop to introduce fresh handmade bubbles and even edible Pokémon-shaped bubbles in their drinks. Some of their signature drinks include the Classic Bubble Milk Tea, OneZo Matcha and Dirty Tea, which is basically a concoction of brown sugar and bubble milk tea.
8) Tea Bubble Malaysia @ SS 15, Subang Jaya
Here is another bubble milk tea brand located in the popular neighbourhood of SS 15 in Subang Jaya. They are particularly known for their signature rainbow pearl milk tea series, which blends a milk tea base with colourful pearls using only the best and quality ingredients. They also offer other exciting flavours like milkshakes, creme brulee milk teas and cheese drinks.