When food trends take it too far: Salted egg bubble tea is now a thing

Should you be drinking salted egg bubble tea?

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Salted egg yolk. It’s made by curing (usually duck) egg yolks in salted water for weeks. It’s been traditionally used in Chinese cuisine, but ever since someone decided to make a rich, savoury-sweet sauce of it and encase it in a croissant, salted egg’s been Singapore’s choice of crack.

Eateries everywhere on our island now slather their food with this liquid gold. You’ll find it on nearly everything —  poured over ice cream and crisp waffles, or even slathered over juicy pork ribs.

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Lately though, the trend has morphed a little to include salted egg in drink form.

I wish that was a good thing, but I found that when you marry salted egg sauce with milky bubble tea, tapioca pearls and brown sugar… It doesn’t taste good. And that’s putting it lightly.

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The drink tasted of fresh milk that’s been tainted with the taste of stale salted egg (you’ll notice it in the lingering aftertaste).

The brown sugar pearls were surprisingly yummy and I think anybody would enjoy them with just fresh milk or milk tea.

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But when gritty salted egg sauce is mixed with chewy and gooey tapioca pearls, it just doesn’t work. LiHo generally has nice drinks, but this one was a letdown.

Sara’s Take on the salted egg bubble tea

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  • Try at your own risk!
  • It’s not worth $4.90 (M) / $5.90 (L)
  • Spend that money on salted egg chips instead for the original taste.

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Where to get salted egg bubble tea

You can get a cup for yourself at:

  • LiHo Vivo City (1st floor)
  • LiHo Bugis+ (3rd floor)
  • LiHo Suntec City (3rd floor)

Price:

  • $4.90 (M)
  • $5.90 (L)

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