10 Ways Malaysians Have Taken Their Bubble Tea To The Next Level

From boba toast to milk tea hotpot.

Cover image via Instagram @chubbeecloud/I Love Malaysian Food on Facebook (Edited by SAYS)

1. Hotpot

Galaxy Tea Bar takes inspiration from a restaurant in Vancouver, Canada by serving bubble tea in a traditional steamboat pot.

The pot already comes filled with ingredients, which include chewy tapioca pearls, taro balls, mango chunks, grass jelly, sago pearls, and red beans.

Simply pour in your "soup" base - which is either milk tea or fresh milk -, stir it up, then enjoy your dessert as you would during a steamboat dinner.

22, Jalan Nagor,
10050 Georgetown,

Operating hours:
Monday to Thursday (12pm - 12am)
Friday to Sunday (12pm - 1am)

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2. Pizza

It's frankly weird seeing pearls on a pizza, but the 'Cempedak Boba Pizza' by MyPizzaLab has been receiving rave reviews from diners.

Instead of your typical tomato base, the 'Boba Pizza' has a cempedak paste, which is then topped with pearls and mozzarella.

12, Jalan 21/22,
Seapark, Petaling Jaya,
46300 Selangor.

Operating hours:
Tuesdays to Sundays (5pm - 10pm)
Closed on Mondays.

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3. Crab

While most dishes strive to be sweet, Crab Generation Restaurant brings bubble tea into the savoury category.

According to I Love Malaysian Food, the chef drenches the crabs in a "secret sauce" before pouring in the pearls.

No. 60-G, Jalan 1,
Taman Len Seng,
56000 Kuala Lumpur.

No. 32-G & 32-1,
Jalan Dataran Cheras 2,
Dataran Perniagaan Cheras,
43200 Balakong,

No. 355, Jalan S2 B15,
Uptown Avenue, Seremban 2,
70300 Seremban,
Negeri Sembilan.

Operating hours:
Daily (11am - 2.45pm, 5.30pm - 10.30pm)

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4. Grilled toast

ChubbeeCloud is known for their colourful, gourmet toasts and their 'Signature Brown Sugar Boba Bomb Toast' is no exception.

The pearls are boiled in brown sugar before being toasted in bread, and is then served with generous drizzles of more brown sugar.

85G, Jalan SS21/1A,
Damansara Utama,
47400 Petaling Jaya,

Operating hours:
Sunday, Tuesday to Thursday (12pm - 11pm)
Friday & Saturday (12pm - 11.30pm)

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5. Souffle pancake

These soft, fluffy 'Milk Tea Souffle Pancakes' by One:15 Coffee has pearls sprinkled on its side like peanuts.

Besides the pearl - which, by the way, are coated in brown sugar - the cream is also infused with milk tea to complete the bubble tea feel.

29, Jalan Mutiara 1/7,
Taman Mutiara Mas,
81300 Johor Bahru.

Operating hours:
Monday to Sunday (11am - 10pm)
Closed on Tuesdays.

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6. Waffles

Fluffed Café & Dessert Bar really goes the extra mile to make their famed waffles a whole drink.

Their 'Boba Waffle' not only has milk tea ice cream doused in brown sugar, but it comes with a side of milk tea panna cotta topped with salt sea cream, almond crumble.

Also, if having pearls sprinkled around the platter wasn't enough, the waffles have pearls inside it as well.

55, Jalan 20/7, Taman Paramount,
46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Operating hours:
Tuesday to Thursday (12pm - 10pm)
Friday to Sunday (12pm - 11pm)
Closed on Mondays.

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7. Ice cream

Soft Launch Cafe launched its 'Brown Sugar Boba Soft Serve' around Chinese New Year and it seems to be pretty popular still.

Based on an Instagram user's review, the soft serve has a "prominent" milk tea flavour and is not "overwhelmingly sweet" while the pearls are "delightfully chewy".

1-101, Jalan Radin Bagus,
Sri Petaling,
57000 Kuala Lumpur, WPKL.

Operating hours:
Monday to Friday (12pm - 11pm)
Saturday to Sunday (11am - 11pm)
Closed on Tuesdays.

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8. Alcohol

Young Masters serves two Pokémon-themed spiked bubble tea drinks, Teagglypuff and Milo Bobasaur.

Teagglypuff is a spin on the classic brown sugar bubble milk tea, but adds Malibu rum and Jameson Irish Whiskey. On the other hand, Milo Bobasaur adds some booze to a local favourite: Milo Dinosaur with Bailey Irish Cream and brown sugar boba.

You can find more places with boozy bubble tea here.

100A, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi,
Taman Tun Dr Ismail,
60000 Kuala Lumpur, WPKL.

Operating hours:
Sunday to Thursday (6pm - 2am)
Friday to Saturday (6pm - 4am)

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9. Cake

THURS2.0 gives a different spin on its bubble tea-inspired dish. Instead of the typical milk tea flavour, THURS2.0 used earl grey tea for its chiffon cake.

The light and fluffy cake is topped with sea salt cheese milk foam and handmade "boba". Within the cake, foodies will find earl grey custard as well.

270, Jalan Cheras,
Taman Miharja,
56100 Kuala Lumpur, WPKL.

Operating hours:
Monday (11am - 10pm)
Sunday, Tuesday to Friday (10am - 10pm)
Saturday (10am - 11pm)

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10. Kakigori

Part of Miru Dessert Cafe's 'Brown Sugar Pearl' series, the 'Brown Sugar Fresh Milk Kakigori' is a mountainous kakigori made of milk ice, topped with roasted soybean powder.

Diners get to DIY their kakigori by pouring on the brown sugar and pearls, then topping it off with more roasted soybean powder.

Miru @ Pavilion KL
Lot 6.35 Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
168 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur, WPKL.

Operating hours:
Daily (11am - 10pm)

Miru @ Damansara Uptown
62-G, Jalan SS21/58
Damansara Utama
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Operating hours:
Sunday to Thursday (12pm - 11pm)
Friday & Saturday (12pm - 12am)

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