27 Mar '11, 2am

Bubble tea fad makes comeback

Bubble tea fad makes comeback

Koi bubble tea, one of the popular brands, sees long queues daily at many of its outlets, like this snaking queue at its Clementi Avenue 3 outlet (above) on a weekday afternoon. -- ST PHOTOS: YEOH WEE TECK, NURIA LING View more photos TEN years since bubble tea became one of the biggest drink fads to hit Singapore, and more than five years after its bubble burst, the curious concoction is back. Snaking queues and 45-minute waiting times have become regular fixtures at the outlets of at least two popular chains. Never mind that prices of the drinks - concoctions of flavoured syrup, tea and tapioca balls - have soared to as much as $6 a pop, fans say the improved variety is what is drawing them back this time. There are now about 10 chains and more than 500 bubble tea outlets across the island, selling the drinks in an assortment of flavours, with fancy add-ons such as puddi...

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