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KOI Cafe (50嵐) VS Gong Cha (贡茶) – Singapore

KOI Cafe (50嵐) VS Gong Cha (贡茶) – Singapore

Recently, the Taiwanese bubble tea craze came back again to Singapore, with the entrance of two new players, KOI Cafe (50嵐) and Gong Cha (贡茶). Prices are around upwards of $2 per cup at each outlet, but allow more flavour customisations like the degree of sweetness and the type of pearl or jelly to go into your drinks.

Which of these two Taiwanese bubble tea chains is better?

Rachel and I got hooked to Gong Cha when we first tried it in Hong Kong. We drank it everyday during our 6 days there recently.

When we discovered that Gong Cha was also available in Singapore, we were elated. The very next day, we headed down to City Square Mall to try out the Gong Cha in Singapore.

Our two cups of Gong Cha - a signature 奶蓋茶 (Milk-top tea) and a 檸檬愛玉 (Lemon Jelly Fig)

Our two cups of Gong Cha - a signature 奶蓋茶 (Milk-top tea) and a 檸檬愛玉 (Lemon Jelly Fig)

We are upset to learn that they shrunk the cup size in Singapore compared to Hong Kong

We were upset to learn that they shrunk the cup size in Singapore compared to Hong Kong

Gong Cha in Hong Kong - bigger, better

Gong Cha in Hong Kong - bigger, better

Alas, it was disappointing compared to it’s Hong Kong counterpart. Just look at the size of the cup, for approximately the same price, we get a smaller cup than in Hong Kong. The tea fragrance tastes weaker too and the mixing was not done evenly.

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However, for Gong Cha (in Singapore and in Hong Kong), each cup comes with instructional stickers on how best to sample the tea as well as some general background about the tea type. For the presentation perspective, it is definitely better than KOI Cafe.

Disappointed with the less than ideal Gong Cha tea quality though, we decided to try out the currently more popular brand in Singapore the next day – KOI Cafe.

We bought our tea from the Ang Mo Kio branch. There was a long queue, but the tea was definitely better than at Gong Cha (in Singapore).The cup was also larger and sturdier.

Long queue as usual at KOI Cafe

Long queue as usual at KOI Cafe

We were given a queue number

We were given a queue number

Ordered a regular bubble milk tea and a 檸檬愛玉 for comparision with Gong Cha

Ordered a regular bubble milk tea and a 檸檬愛玉 for comparision with Gong Cha

Our conclusion is that KOI Cafe is better in Singapore, but we have the nagging impression that Hong Kong’s chains are better and the original chains in Taiwan must be the best… Singaporeans seem to be always short-changed for quality.

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Have you tried both KOI Cafe and Gong Cha too? Which do you prefer?

Here are the listings of their outlets:

KOI Cafe (50嵐) – 7 Outlets

Koi Cafe Ang Mo Kio
Blk 704 Ang Mo Kio Central #01-2545
Tel: +65 6459 1518

Koi Cafe Bishan
513 Bishan street 13 #01-503
Tel: +6258 1729

Koi Cafe Clementi
Blk 442 Clementi Ave 3 #01-101

Koi Cafe Illuma
201 Victoria Street #01-15 Iluma At Bugis
Tel: +6884 6817

Koi Cafe People’s Park
1 Park Road #01-16 People’s Park Complex
Tel: +65 6536 8330

Koi Cafe Marine Parade
Blk 83 Marine Parade Central #01-562
Tel: +65 6440 4869

Koi Cafe Toa Payoh
190A Toa Payoh Central #01-562
Tel: +65 6256 1169

Gong Cha (贡茶) – 3 outlets

Gong Cha City Square Mall
180 Kitchener Road #B2-k3/k4
City Square Mall Singapore
Tel: +65 6509 3803

Gong Cha Novena Square
10 Sinaran Drive #01-172
Novena Square 2 Singapore
Tel: +65 6397 6816

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Gong Cha VivoCity
1 HarbourFront Walk #01-111
VivoCity Singapore

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5 Comments

  1. Mal

    ive tried both, i prefer KOI to GC, i’ve tried the KOI in Taiwan, it’s GOOOD, i bet GC in HK is better too. KOI cups in TW is the same size of the larger one in Singapore. For GC, their white pearl jelly is something new for me and i like it. 🙂

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  2. Sy

    Wow , is Gong Cha that nice ?

    Koi i find it so so nia , nothing special at all and overpriced 🙁

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  3. Nicole lee

    i am nicole lee

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  4. Alvin

    True that Taiwan’s KOI is much nicer. Much more variety too. And just add in 50cent(Singapore currency), you can have the milk in your milk tea fresh instead of milk powder

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  5. tea lover

    Gong Cha! well, the thing I like about it is the bubble. It’s much chewable than KOI’s
    yumm… :9

    Reply

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