7-Eleven Singapore caused a stir earlier in January this year when it started stocking a packaged cup version of famed Hong Kong cha chaan teng Lan Fong Yuen’s milk tea.
Coffee meets milk tea
And now, it’s selling a Hong Kong Style Yuan Yeung Milk Tea version that combines coffee and milk tea. It’s exclusive to the convenience store chain, and like its milk tea predecessor, the drink is a product from China. A 7-Eleven Singapore rep had told 8days.sg in our earlier report that the original packaged milk tea is “made in China using Lan Fong Yuen’s Hong Kong recipe”.
Lan Fong Yuen on the go
The ingredient list on the 280ml cup of yuan yang milk tea states that it contains water, raw milk, sugar, light cream, black tea and instant coffee, with a shelf life of nine whopping months when kept chilled. Each cup costs $2.50, slightly cheaper than the pure milk tea version, which is priced at $2.80.
We bought the beverage to try. Like the OG milk tea, this yuan yang drink comes in a foil-sealed cup with a plastic lid and attached extendable straw that you use to poke a hole in the foil and sip on the beige-hued drink (we ripped off the foil to take a photo of the drink).
Here’s what it tastes like: a blander version of the packaged Lan Fong Yuen milk tea (which was surprisingly creamy and velvety), with the faint acidic aftertaste of what is unmistakably instant coffee. Not great — we wouldn’t feel compelled to buy a cup even when we’re craving for a caffeinated pick-me-up. Get the nicer milk tea instead, we say.