First Muslim-Owned Boba Cafe in Singapore!
Updated FEB 03, 2021
Umeir's journey began in Ramadhan of last year, when he decided to start a home-based business selling platters of nasi ayam penyet for Iftar, made with his mother's family recipe. The business took off, but unexpectedly, it was a side product that Umeir came up with which became their bestselling item: homemade bubble tea!
It's no secret that Singaporeans LOVE bubble tea (ourselves included!), and with most commercial bubble tea shops closed during the circuit breaker period, many were left craving for their fix. Umeir thinks that was definitely part of the reason his boba was such a hit. With repeat orders and enthusiastic support from customers, he and his fiance Kira Azman were inspired to open their very own boba cafe.
After months of planning and experimenting with flavours, they were finally able to secure a shop space along bustling Arab Street, which was when the real work began. Umeir says his fiance was instrumental in making it all happen; aside from being fully supportive of the project, Kira applied her training and skills in interior design to fully revamp and decorate the place. She even designed MILK's logo and marketing materials by herself!
Kira's expertise definitely shows in the bright openness and beautiful decor of the cafe. Despite the small space, it has an airy atmosphere that is very inviting. Kira was there to welcome us on our visit, and talked us through their drinks menu, which now includes four different series. The drinks are all handmade by her and Umeir, and we decided to try out one from each series because they all looked so irresistibly good!
The Fruits series includes their bestselling Strawberry Cream Cheese ( $7 ), a delectable treat made with real strawberries. Another bestseller is the Matcha Mascarpone from the Classics series, a unique mix of premium matcha powder and mascarpone cheese. It managed to impress our reviewer, who isn't a fan of matcha at all, so you know it's a bestseller for a reason! The couple also came up with local-inspired flavours such as the Ice Kachang and Pandan Chiffon drinks ( both $7.80 ).
The Cheese series ( $5.50 ) features an interesting combination of teas with a dusting of cheese on top. There's also a variety of fruit teas available for those who prefer something more standard. Our reviewer's favourite drink however, was the Berry Cranberry ( $7.80 ) from the Premium series. Enhanced by fresh mint leaves and made with real berries, this drink is an excellent way to refresh yourself on a hot day or wash down a sweet treat.
All of MILK's drinks are made with fresh fruit and fruit puree. The Classics series is the only one with pearls included, but you can add them in to other drinks for just $1. Red bean and grass jelly add-ons are also available for the same price! They also sell stroopwafels, a Dutch dessert that resembles cookies. With four different toppings available such as Rocher and Biscoff White, they make a great companion to MILK's drinks, so get one to much on while you enjoy your boba.
Since it opened its doors in November 2020, MILK has grown quite a following, thanks to loyal customers and the couple's good friends. Umeir and Kira are humbled by and grateful for the support the community has shown them, and plan to experiment with new and interesting flavour combinations to improve their menu further. The couple has made many sacrifices on the path to establishing MILK, and still face many challenges today, but they are determined to continue providing delicious and fully halal bubble tea that their fellow Muslims can enjoy without guilt.
Dine for Charity at MILK!
Come on down and get your bubble tea fix at Milk! On top of supporting Singapore's first halal and Muslim-owned boba cafe, you will be contributing to help underprivileged communities in Singapore. Look out for GERSG's wobbler, and scan the QR code to donate to our Ehsan Baby Care Project, which provides milk, diapers, and other essentials to babies from low-income families.
Grab a brochure to find out more about GERSG's projects and other ways you can contribute, or visit the website at www.global-ehsan-relief.sg .
Nearest MRT Station: Bugis (Downtown Line, East-West Line)
Nearest Bus Stop: Opp Plaza Parkroyal, Beach Road (Bus 100, 107, 961, 980)
Parking: Many public car parks around the area.
27 Arab St, Singapore 199726
Monday - Thursday: 12pm - 9pm
Friday - Sunday: 12pm - 12am
Nearest Mosque: Masjid Sultan (5-min walk)
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