Bubble Tea, also widely known as Boba, is a beverage originating from Taiwan which has gained widespread popularity across South East Asia and also around the world.
Malaysia, too, is no stranger to bubble tea phenomenon. Everywhere you go, be it malls or streets, you may observe long queues sprouting from intriguing drink kiosks. Yup, those are the bubble tea shops.
In Malaysia, bubble tea first entered the market in the early 90s, often sold as reconstituted, sugary powdered drinks at local night markets such as Jalan Alor.
As the drink became more popular, vendors started selling bubble tea in small cafes and kiosks to cater to the growing demand from the masses. That’s when the international franchises such as Chatime and Gongcha came in. Before you know it, fancy outlets started sprouting up everywhere.
In early 2019, the 2nd wave of the bubble tea craze hit Malaysia. There is now a new influx of international and local brands competing in this lucrative space.
If you are making a trip to Malaysia, be sure to check out these seven bubble tea brands that are very popular among locals.
Xing Fu Tang
Xing Fu Tang is one of the most popular bubble tea brands in Malaysia.
Their signature drink – Brown Sugar Boba Milk comes with a creme brulee-like topping which will give you a taste like no other. After making your purchase, you’ll be given a receipt that lets you try your luck at their “fortune drawers”. You might win something if you are lucky.
A word of warning though, as the queue gets really long so be prepared to wait for your drinks!
Must-Try: Brown Sugar Boba Milk
Address: 88G, Jalan SS 15/4, SS 15, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Tiger Sugar, hailing from Taiwan is one of the pioneers of the “Brown Sugar Milk Tea” type of drinks.
If you only have time for one bubble tea we highly recommend you try Tiger Sugar. For their signature drink, you can have it cold or hot. They also have a unique method for drinking – by inverting the cup 15 times to mix the milk tea perfectly before you drink.
Must-Try: Brown Sugar Boba Milk With Cream Mousse
Address: Sunway Pyramid, Lot LG1.0223, 3, Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Shi Fen Station
Shi Fen is a popular tourist hotspot in Taiwan, known for its abandoned, refurbished train station.
It has its own bubble tea brand which has now made its way into Malaysia. Conveniently located near colleges, they offer a great selection of drinks at affordable prices to cater to the student crowd.
Their Taro Milk Tea comes with chewy taro bits so be sure to give it a try!
Must-Try: Taro Milk Tea
Address: 80, Jalan SS15/4d, Ss 15, SS15, 47500 Kuala Lumpur, Selangor.
Daboba is known for its iconic bear logo and features popular drinks such as Brown Sugar Pearl Milk and Honey Golden Pearl Green Milk Tea.
What’s really special about their drinks is they add a layer of cheese to the top. Yes, cheese. But surprisingly, it complements the sweet, cold milk well so it’s definitely worth a try if you are in the area.
Must-Try: Brown Sugar Pearl Milk (With Cheese)
Address: 25, Jalan SS 15/4, SS15, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor.
The bubble tea from Soylab is exactly what the name suggests – soy bean milk with pearls. Not only is it delicious, it’s also dairy-free!
They also have a lot of nice desserts at their outlet which is worth a try if you have a sweet-tooth craving. The outlet has a cozy café, so you can chill comfortably while enjoying your food and beverages.
Must-Try: Bean Looking For Her (Soy Milk with Pearls)
Address: 104, Jalan SS 21/39, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Are you a tea fan who is looking for a healthier option?
Chatto specializes in Japanese-inspired, handcrafted premium teas. They control the sweetness of each drink, so you can enjoy their beverages guilt-free!
Must-Try: Charcoal Pearl Oolong Tea
Address: No.73, Jalan PJS 11/9, Bandar Sunway, 46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Cojiitii is one of the little-known gems only the locals know about. Instead of the usual brown sugar milk teas, they have their own version – dark chocolate with fresh milk! The bits of dark chocolate toppings inside the drink are to die for. It is a must for chocolate lovers!
Must-Try: Dark Chocolate With Fresh Milk
Address: Starling Mall, Lot K-F-101, Level 1 No, 6, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
And there you have it!
Seven amazing bubble tea brands travelers should try in Malaysia! We hope this guide has shown you a little about Malaysia’s bubble tea scene. As a final warning, once you’ve had some, you will soon be craving for more!
Did you know that there are more than 50 brands of bubble tea in Malaysia in total? Crazy, isn’t it?
If you’d like to explore some of the other delicious boba-filled drinks Malaysia has to offer, visit https://www.bubbleteamalaysia.com. Bubble Tea Malaysia is the Number 1 source of bubble tea brand information for boba lovers in Malaysia.