New Bubble Tea: Yuan Cha at #01-29 Bukit Panjang Plaza, Singapore 677743October 24, 2016
Even though most of you would have seen the numerous cups of latte art coffee on my Instagram, I am actually more of a tea person than a coffee one. If you have been friends/working with me, you'll know that bubble tea is my weakness. I used to get one after lunch almost every week when I was working - either Gong Cha's milk tea at 30% or KOI's green tea macchiato. I don't really like the pearls (too much calories and boring to eat) and I try to cut down on the sugar level, but having a cup of bubble tea is my little indulgence for the week. That's why I was really intrigued when a new bubble tea shop opened up at Bukit Panjang Plaza that is more tea than bubble, called Yuan Cha 源茶 that encourages us to drink good tea.
For example, the grapefruit alishan tea, which uses the grapefruit to bring out the dry, slightly bitter aftertaste of the tea in a smooth manner. The honey osmanthus was also super floral, though a bit too sweet for us (choose the other osmanthus teas if you don't want the honey sweetness).
The owner had warned that once I've tried Yuan Cha, I'll not be able to go back to the other bubble teas. And I suspect there's some truth in that - though the location is really a bit out of the way for me. I wish they will open up more branches soon (yes, that's coming!) in central areas. But for now, I'll definitely recommend West-bound readers and friends to check out Yuan Cha.
Yuan Cha 源茶
#01-29 Bukit Panjang Plaza, 1 Jelebu Road, Singapore 677743
11am to 9.30pm daily