One of China’s most popular bubble tea chains HeyTea has landed in Singapore. Here are our favourite flavours.
The inventor of cheese tea and the franchise with over 110 outlets in China, HeyTea has opened its first overseas store right here in Singapore. Just like outlets in China, HeyTea’s first store in Ion Orchard is spacious – so you can sit and sip while giving tired legs a rest from shopping.
Their tea leaves are sourced from various farms in China and run the gamut from green tea and oolong to osmanthus and jasmine, so each cup packs an aromatic punch. But more than that, we loved that all fruit teas here are made with real fruits, not syrup, so you can get your vitamins from your bubble tea – just go easy on the sugar level!
What HeyTea is most famous for, however, is its cheese tea. The store even has a patented cup cover that lets you adjust the opening size. A slight twist and you get to taste just the cheese; open it a little more to get the tea flowing too. Bonus: their cups are also sturdy that they can even be washed and reused if you don’t recycle them immediately.
The signature: King Fone ($5.50)
The basic cheese tea, King Fone (left), is made with oolong tea and topped off with a generous layer of cheese foam. Using the cup, we tried the cheese layer first. And to our surprise, it wasn’t powdery like many cheese teas, but soft, creamy, and savoury. Drinking the cheese together with the tea helped enhance the flavour of the authentic oolong tea while masking any bitterness. We tried it at a quarter sugar and it was sweet enough for us.
(Also read: How to Make a Perfect Cup of Tea)
Fruit and cheese: Very Strawberry Cheezo ($8.70)
This tasted like fresh fruit juice, great if you are looking to quench your thirst. The cheese helped to balance out the sweetness of the strawberry while the fruit enhanced the cheese’s saltiness. This drink comes with HeyTea’s own pearls, which tasted more like firm nata de coco jellies. This version has more pulp than the slightly cheaper Strawberry Cheese ($8.30).
For less guilt: Grapefruit Boom ($5.90)
This refreshing drink tasted as good as it looked. Served without cheese, it combines sweetness (and tartness) or fruits with a natural tea base to give your palate a quick perk-me-up. The tangy-sweet grapefruit enhanced the jasmine tea’s floral notes and the crushed ice toned down the fruit’s slight bitterness. This slushie-like drink is best enjoyed on a scorching hot day.
A variety of drink options
There are plenty of options for cheese teas, fruit teas, pure teas, ice cream, and even some Singapore exclusives. The special Durian Ice Cream ($4.80) and Salted Egg Yolk Ice Cream ($4.80) will be launched on their official opening on Saturday, November 10. All teas come in a standard size, with fruit teas being slightly taller than cheese teas. You have the option to customise sugar and ice levels to get your desired flavour. Drinks are served cold but most can be served hot unless otherwise specified.
For the first three days of opening, customers will get to enjoy a one-for-one offer on drinks, limited to one redemption per receipt.
Address: #B4-29 Ion Orchard
Hours: 10am to 10pm