Don’t Ask This Hawker For Tau Huay Zui, He Sells Hip Homemade Oat Milk With A Singaporean Twist
The hawker behind Oatla at Golden Mile Food Centre serves a freshly-made version of the trendy plant-based milk. But confused older customers often look at his menu and say: “Ah boy, one tau huay zui (Hokkien for soy milk) please!”
Oat milk is currently the trendiest plant-based alt milk in town, especially with health- and eco-conscious millennials. But with oat milk giants like Oatly!, Minor Figures and Singaporean brand Oatside vying for attention on supermarkets shelves and in cafes, Sam Tan, 37, decided to take his artisanal oat milk brand to a humble hawker centre instead.
The ex-factory manager of a food production firm opened his stall Oatla – a hilarious Singaporean-ised pun on Oatly! – in Golden Mile Food Centre a month ago. Here, he soaks, grinds and boils small batches of Australian oats fresh daily in a bid to establish his niche as a “pioneer in artisanal oat milk” that he sells from $2.20 a cup. But don’t expect the usual caffe latte made with oat milk — here, he serves them as you would beverages at a fruit juice or bubble tea stall. Sort of. His oat milk is blended with assorted fruits, veg and a special ‘Singaporean’ ingredient.
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