Try a local beverage!
Because most drink stalls in coffeeshops don’t have a beverage menu, it is good to know what is offered. If you are a regular coffee or tea drinker, do try a local coffee or tea here The locals love their coffee and tea here and the experience is different from the Western cafe and Chinese tea appreciation cultures. There are other local drinks to explore as well apart from the usual canned sodas. Most of the drinks listed here can be found a coffeeshops, food courts and hawker centres. Drinks listed here cost between $0.70 to $3.
Coffee and Tea
You can order a coffee or tea to your liking, with option it being iced, varying the amount of sugar and milk, how hot you want the drink to be, the type of milk you want, and how thick you want your coffee or tea to be. You can order in English, or try ordering the way most of the locals do by adding a little dialect. The standard coffee and tea comes with condensed milk, unlike how it might be ordered in other countries where the default order of a coffee or tea comes without milk and you have to add the milk and sugar yourself. Here’s the unlisted coffee and tea menu!
While coffee and tea is normally brewed using a coffee machine, or diffusing the flavours from tea leaves by leaving some in a pot, coffee and tea is traditionally ‘brewed’ by using sock filters.
From the dispenser
Prepared on the spot/home-made drinks
Chinese tea (tea bag) aka locally “Diao he” (literally means ‘fishing”)
Lime juice (iced)
Iced lemon tea
Sugar cane juice – found mostly in hawker centres
If you are at a Malay/Indian Muslim coffee shop, there are more choices:
Teh cino: Milk layered with tea above, topped with milk froth
Teh tarik : ‘Pulled’ milk tea (frothed)
Kopi cino: Milk layered with coffee above, topped with milk froth
Iced limau: Lime/Calamansi with sugar and water
Milo dinosaur: Iced Milo topped with Milo powder
Milo Godzilla: Iced Milo topped with Milk powder and a scoop of chocolate ice cream
Milo cino: Milk layered with Milo above, topped with milk froth
Horlick dinosaur: Iced Horlick topped with Horlick powder
Horlick Godzilla: Iced Horlick topped with Horlick powder and a scoop of vanilla ice cream
Horlick cino: Milk layered with Horlick above, topped with milk froth
Local/Asian flavoured canned drinks
Other than the regular sodas, there are other local or Asian flavoured drinks in a can you can try.
– Soya bean
– Grass jelly
– Sugar cane
– Chrysanthemum tea
– Jia Jia cooling herbal tea
– Green tea
– Oolong tea
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