Gong Cha Hot
Gong Cha (Tribute Tea) origin back a long way at around 1000 BC in ancient China. Tea is offered as tribute to the Emperor. Tribute tea or Gong Cha consumed by Chinese emperors is of best quality collected throughout the kingdom.
Gong Cha aims to provide the best quality tea and beverages to its customers. They believe in offering natural, healthy, freshly brewed tea and beverages with a refreshing taste. All their tea are freshly brewed daily in our Gong Cha outlets.
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[Singapore Post Centre #02-06A] 10 Eunos Road 8 Tel: 67425236 | 10am – 9pm (Closed on PH)
[Tampines MRT #01-24] 20 Tampines Central 1 Tel: 67861773 | 10.30am – 10.20pm
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[Sun Plaza #B1-16] 30 Sembawang Drive Tel: 64818813 | 11am – 10pm
[Thomson Plaza #01-104] 301 Upper Thomson Road Tel: 64577009 | 11am – 10pm
Featured Ratings Summary
Editor rating summary from: 8 user(s)
I love Gongcha! I frequent the one of the outlets in Orchard and i hope they will open one at Causeway Point Shopping Mall. My favourite combination would be Earl Grey Milktea with Pudding at fifty-percent sugar level. Anyone who is reading this review, please try this and it might take over your number one spot instantly. Being in a tropical country, it is no mean feat to walk on the street under the blazing hot sun without a refreshing drink to company you with. It will cost you $3 for that drink but it is definitely worth so much more.
My go-to drink whenever I'm out and about
My personal favourite here is definitely Earl Grey Milk Tea with Herbal Jelly. You don't have to wait very long even if there's a bit of a queue. Their service is generally fast and the staff are skilled at making the drinks for you. Some people say that Gong Cha is overrated but I personally beg to differ. I feel that it is much healthier and you can also personalise your drink with various toppings! The only downside that I would have to say that there is only one standard size of the cup. You do not have an option to upsize, which is sad to say because I would definitely pay a little more for an upsize of my favourite drink!
Amazing Tea-Blending Flavors
Gong Cha bubble tea shop is pretty much similar to one of their competing rival like Koi Cafe. The similarities is about the ticket and queue system which they have, and is much organized in that way rather then people asking about ' which is my drink , how long should i need to wait' , well it is all stated on the receipt number itself. It is convenient as it is available at most MRT stations besides other stores and shops.
Gong Cha was also famous for its sweet brown sugar which blended well with most other tea and mixtures they have on the menus. However the price is slightly high for those that just want to enjoy a simple bubble tea and the simple flavors that can get at Each A Cup, or Sweet-Talk.
Most of times will be students or mostly girls that queued up during lunch hours or peak hours after their class or lessons and want to grab a drink at Gong Cha, which is the time I would avoid due to the crowd and the time taken. I personally likes the Peach Green Tea, and The Milk Tea, the two of the drinks have rich flavors of tea and very chewy pearls in it as well, that doesn't taste the same as most bubble tea shops, probably is Gong Cha's special recipe of teas which makes this drinks so delicious.
The customer service wasn't as well as I would expect, as most of them nowadays are teenagers and students which does not have the experience and knows the importance of customer service, they are always rushing stuffs due the large crowd, that I can't blame them for, but they get really restless when you're talking your time to choose your drinks.
Overall other then the customer service, Gong Cha is a must try for Bubble tea lovers and beverage lovers.
Favourite Milk tea with Pudding
Gong Cha is my favourite bubble tea franchise among the tens that have sprouted out in the recent years. Not only is the taste unique, the waiting time is not as long as some others, and the pricing is also reasonable.
My favourite is either red or green milk tea with pudding. The addition of the pudding changes the taste quite a bit to give it a slightly musky, light sweetness, with a soft and wholesome pudding texture. Usually I only have 50% sugar in my drink because the pudding sweetens it up quite a bit. I love the taste of their milk tea as it is very distinct and not the fresh-milk taste of some other franchises.
However, I do not like the signature milk tea. The milk at the top tastes very strange to me and I prefer one with a stronger tea taste rather than a milk taste. I also like the peach green tea, which is very refreshing, but expensive at $2.50 a cup without pearls. I find it quite strange that it is even more expensive than the milk tea itself, which would be $2.20 without pearls.
More and more Gong Cha outlets have been sprouting out which makes it even more convenient for Gong Cha lovers to find a branch near them.
Must Try Gong Cha Top Seller Drinks!
Stores like “KOI” and “Gongcha” are so popular that you’d be able to notice queue almost everywhere during peak hours. By chance, I patronized Gongcha’s Vivo outlet on a Saturday, during peak hours and I saw a massive queue of customers. Wanting to quench my thirst, I went to queue as well. I had high hopes for the drink as a long queue always appeal to me as being yummy.
I tried the Gong Cha Alisan Tea at 50% sugar level with normal pudding and also bought an Earl Gray milk tea 30% with pearl home. It was recommended by the service crew at the store, so I gave it a try. At the same time, i asked the staffs whether there's any promotion going on. She told me that NUS students are entitle to 10% discounts. Too bad i am not a NUS student, maybe in a few years time i'm able to get this privilege too.
My drink was ready in 20minutes, which was considered quite long compared to other bubble tea stores. However after drinking, I felt that it was worth both the queue and money. The top seller, Gong cha Alisan Tea is definitely worth trying, the milky foam on the top added a smooth sensation to my throat after you swirl the cup and drink from the opening. Highly-recommended.
GREEN MILK TEA FOREVER
For a bubble tea store, Gong Cha sells a variety of aromatic tea - milk tea, red tea, alisan tea, melon tea, earl grey, etc. etc. Gong Cha is a tea connoisseur with so many types of tea you can choose from, even allowing you to choose your preferred sugar level.
I am simply mad about Gong Cha's Milk Green Tea with 50% sugar. The milk green tea is served with a brim of salty thick milk floating above the tea. You could choose to mix and blend the milk together or drink separately. Personally, I like to mix it a little and leave a bit of milk above for me to savour on its own. Taro (Yam) milk tea and melon tea are also my favourites.
The sad thing about Gong Cha is that pearls do not accompany most of their drink. You've to pay extra for them. In addition, though the service at Gong Cha is rather efficient, the service crew do not seem to be trained to be friendly and approachable by the customers. There is definitely room for improvement in terms of service.
earl gray milk tea
I prefer Gong Cha way more than KOI! Of course, Gong Cha is less popular than KOI but nonetheless, the queue is more or less still present, though not as long as KOI. Neighborhood outlets like the one at Bukit Gombak has a very short queue, sometimes no queue at all. Outlets at popular malls like Vivo would boast a long queue. I don't mind queuing for Gong Cha at all! I love the earl gray milk tea with pearls. Sugar levels are a personal choice so I will not comment much on that. The earl gray flavor is mild and nothing too strong. The pearls are chewy and nice! The amount is just right as well.
Prices are higher than the normal SweetTalk bubble tea shops (which is really horrendous if you should know) and I guess the difference in price is justified by the higher quality of the ingredients used in making the tea from Gong Cha. I could feel the difference between these two. Gong Cha's tea feels smoother and more natural than other cheaper bubble tea shops. Comparing to KOI, Gong Cha is not overrated and definitely deserves the hype it is increasingly getting.
Surprisingly good unconventional choices.
As how we have all found out, bubble tea shops had been a trend in our little island before it finally died down with very little known survivor - think Each-a-cup and Koi. Personally Each-a-cup had it's standards going down steadily while Koi had just become a really excruciating process to me, this i attribute to its constantly long line. So I decided to try Gong Cha, it's better than Koi, so some people claimed.
I ordered Milk tea with black pearl and Taro milk tea with white pearl. Honestly, I am never really one to drink milk tea, I like my fruity tea but these were the recommendations from my friends and they sound pretty okay so why not. The milk tea was an okay cup of bubble tea, not that awesome but not bad either. The Taro milk tea, however, was surprisingly yummy - this coming from someone who dislikes taro in all forms. The white pearl is firmer than those conventional black pearl, and I was glad I opted for it. Black pearl is now a thing of the past for me.
Drinking down my drink, I turned to my friend who had her cup of bubble tea. Hers was milk tea with herbal jelly, I gave a sheepish smile and she quickly got the drift and let me have a taste of the drink. Like the taro milk tea, it was surprisingly yummy and if you got turned off by the word "herbal", don't. The herbal jelly was smooth and silky, the herbal taste barely even there. If you're not a fan of Milk tea, you could opt for fresh milk instead.
Do try out the other unconventional choices, you might be in for a surprise. Don't worry about long lines, there's 3 Gong Cha branch that I came across, just walking along Orchard Road.
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Cream Of The Crop
Gongcha triumphs over Koi or any other bubble tea chain for me. Although its selection is more limited compared to others because it doesn’t offer any ice blended options, the quality more than makes up for this.
My favourite is the honey milk with Gongcha milk and black pearls. I accidentally stumbled upon this combination when the lady behind the counter mixed up my order, but it was the best mistake ever. When the slightly salty Gongcha milk combines with the honey milk tea, a new winner is born - milky and sweet but with a savoury element.
Better for its toppings.
Let's face it - the top two milk tea providers in Singapore are Gong Cha and KOI. That's the only way they can get away with their premium pricing (which, if you think about, it REALLY much higher than 'ordinary' bubble tea stalls like Sweet Talk or Each a Cup)
I feel that there is more to Gong Cha (as well as KOI, but more on that in KOI's review) simply than the hype, and definitely more than just the milk tea which isn't really THAT great. That may be in part due to my dislike for pearls and boredom with milk tea.
Gong Cha has three main standouts for me that make it a quality bubble tea stall and one that I wouldn't hesitate to buy from.
1) It offers discounts. This gives it an edge over MANY other bubble tea stalls (including KOI) because you get a 10% discount with NTUC Cards (including NEBO, which many youth have). This makes it more affordable, if only just a teeny bit.
2) It has a wide array of affordable toppings. This is two plus points: many toppings, and affordable toppings. I particularly enjoy their White Pearl topping which really ups the sugar level of the drink (which is probably why it's so tasty). If ordering white pearl, I would recommend you get your sugar level one notch below what you ACTUALLY want. Also enjoyable is their 3S which I find superior to their 3J (but also superior in pricing). The combination of herbal jelly, white pearl, and aloe vera is healthier and more refreshing than the 3J combination which includes the supposedly carcenogenic black pearl.
3) Gong Cha Milk. This is if you're a huge fan of milk. Of all the drinks I've added it to, I find that it really does go best with their Alisan Tea - it conveys both the subtleties of the fresh alisan tea with the milky goodness of their gong cha milk. While they recommend drinking it from the cup itself, I usually ask them to package it as a normal gong cha drink and mix the milk around the entire drink. It may be too milky for some - but its personal preference and you should probably try it if you love milk.
That said, Gong Chan has a few drawbacks as well. I always find that it is less fresh than KOI, for some reason, and they also don't offer drinks in large sizes (unlike KOI).
All in all however, their drawbacks don't really undermine their overall quality. If you haven't given bubble tea a try, Gong Cha is a good place to start. If you're a hardcore KOI fan however, I wouldn't be foolish enough to persuade you that Gong Cha is better. After all, I'm somewhat of a neutral.
Awesome milk tea!
One can easily learn about Gongcha's popularity just by seeing the long queues that seems to be ever present in front of a Gongcha outlet. And more often than not, I'll be one of those people in the line, queueing ever so patiently trying to get my hands on one of my favourite drinks.
My favourite drink from Gongcha is the Earl Grey Milk Tea. It simply wins over all the other drinks. Hands down. Add herbal jelly to this drink and there! You'll have the most perfect cup of milk tea in your hands. I like Gongcha because I find the their flavours and sugar levels just nice for me. Their drinks are smooth and nice, unlike some of the other brands out there, which serve sickly sweet syrupy concoctions.
Even though the drinks at Gongcha might be a tad more expensive than other alternatives, I still think that $3 is worth it for a cup of my heavenly milk tea.
Gong Cha has certainly raised the standards of milk tea in Singapore. In the past, we used to frequent shops that really just blended some ice and artificially flavoured milk and placed the concoction into a cup (ahem) but with Gong Cha around, people are truly starting to understand the standards of milk tea.
I'm a sugar lover, so I always set my sugar level to 100%. Their milk tea has a certain taste to it that doesn't make it overpoweringly creamy yet catches your taste bud with sweetness. I am always conflicted about adding pearls, though. Their pearls taste good and are not only sweet but also easily chewable. The only problem is that I always manage to finish my drink before even touching the pearls, so I have to continuously maneuver the straw to suck up all the pearls.
Gong Cha is a wonderful treat to have if you want to lay back and relax after a hot, tiring day. Though it may be really expensive, indulging once in a while wouldn't hurt.
Just another bubbletea store
Nothing particularly fancy about Gong Cha, though it would always be my first pick for a bubble tea treat. I find that most bubble tea shops sell more or less the same variety of beverages; they taste the same too. Perhaps the only difference is that Gong Cha has more variants as compared to KOI or DrinkTea with their dessert menu.
Haven't really got to try their desserts but I'm a fan of their Matcha-flavored drinks and have them without sugar every time. It's surprisingly sweet enough on it's own so it makes for my healthy indulgence whenever I'm out exploring the malls.
They're priced rather economically too, at about $3+ for one. The queue gets a little long at times, but their staff seems to be rather efficient at most outlets so don't worry about having to waste half of your lunch hour buying your favorite beverage!
always a perk me up
I personally am glad that Gong Cha isn't as popular as KOI because it just means I don't have to wait so long for my bubble tea.
While KOI mostly does the normal, conventional flavours with more generic toppings, I feel that Gong Cha offers a lot more in terms of their innovative flavours.
My personal favourite is the Gong Cha Milk Melon Tea, which is winter melon tea topped with their signature Gong Cha Milk. I've been trying to figure out what goes into their Gong Cha Milk, but to no avail.
Other flavours such as Calpis lemon juice and Earl Grey Milk Tea are also fabulous. It all depends on what you feel like drinking at that moment!
I'm really happy that Gong Cha is ubiquitous now as it means that I can get my bubble tea fix super easily!
Best pudding milk tea
I still remember when the craze of bubble tea started, fizzled and then died out back when I was in primary school. Then in recent times during my college years, the fad of Taiwan milk teas started. Surprisingly, or not, this fad lasted longer than I expected it to be. Gong Cha is tied first in my favourite milk tea with Eskimo.
I absolutely love their pudding milk tea. Creamy milk tea with yellow pudding that goes really well with the tea is something that everyone should have everyday. Okay, not really everyday; the sugar is going to kill all of us. Talking about sugar, I like how they implemented the scale to allow you to pick your sugar levels in your drink. I usually go for 50% because it is just the right amount of sweetness for me. Having said that, drinking milk tea everyday is going to burn a hole in my wallet, but at times I just can't resist, especially during exam periods!
Quality bubble tea
Gong cha serves quality bubble tea in a limited amount of time. They have a wide selection which I really enjoy choosing from. My favourite is the melon milk tea from them. It's nice and creamy with the after taste of sweet melon. Watching them pour the "milk" on your tea just before they seal the cup could possibly be the most mouth watering thing ever. The way that the cream gently mixes in with the tea creating a pastel colour, wow.
They also offer a number of add ons into their drinks. I hate the usual black bubble tea pearls. I think they're really heavy on my stomach and they make me feel really sick, the consistency of it is also a major turn off for me,but what's the point of bubble tea without the "bubble" factor? Gong cha's white pearls are definitely a great alternative. They're chewy, like the normal pearls, but they have a more "crunchy" texture rather than "chewy" so that doesn't make my head spin, which is always a plus.
Refreshing and Tasty
Gong Cha is a bubble tea shop that sells different types of bubble tea and fruit juices. They have many different flavours from the classic Ovaltine to the tasty Macchiato. The amount of sugar added to the drink can be customised and this would certainly help for those who are health conscience. My friends and I always get Gong Cha if there is one in the vicinity. Most of the Gong Cha outlets are located near MRT stations.
Gong Cha has a really efficient ticket system whereby you will be assigned a order number and once that umber is flashed, your drink will be ready. It is really fast and efficient and the waiting times for the drinks are usually less than 5 minutes.
The prices at Gong Cha are reasonable in my opinion. My favorite drink would be the Passion fruit green tea with 50% sugar. The sweetness of the passion fruit blends well with the green tea and is a excellent drink to quench your thirst! The Macchiatos are also good. The combination of milk and juice is really tasty and is a must try.
Overall, if you are looking to combat the searing heat of Singapore, Gong Cha would be a perfect place to go to.
Gong Cha is the go-to place whenever I am craving for milk tea. Some of my favorites are : Gong Cha Alisan Milk Tea, Lemon Kumquat Juice (tend to be a bit strong on the lemony side), Calpis Lemon Juice, Earl Grey Milk Tea and Caramel Milk Tea. I like them at 50% sugar level which is just nice, not too sweet that it covers the flavour of the bubble tea.
I love how Gong Cha Alisan Milk Tea balance out the aromatic Alisan tea(stronger tea than the usual) with the creamy milk on top (a little salty), it is just a really good combination that I love. Lemon Kumquat Juice and Calpis Lemon Juice are drinks that would refresh you on a tiring or boring day. Earl Grey Milk Tea is just plain delicious, the earl grey just smells and taste so good. Gong Cha is the best place to get Earl Grey milk tea (although on average I put the sugar level at 50% but somehow Earl Grey still gets a little too sweet so I would get 25%.) Caramel Milk Tea is another of my favorite since I love caramel.
But I didn't like the Gong Cha Milk Green Tea, the green tea they use is essentially those Jasmine green tea that you get in bottled drinks. I initially thought it is the matcha kind of green tea so that was a disappointment for me, but it would probably appeal to those who like Jasmine green tea.