Keeping oneself cool and hydrated in this sweltering weather in Singapore is becoming increasingly vital lately… What if we tell you that you can now enjoy a quenching cup of bubble tea that contains an assortment of wellness benefits? Each A Cup’s founder has passionately researched both local and Taiwan markets to craft a series of tasty yet healthier bubble tea to suit Asia’s taste buds, bringing together top quality ingredients and preparation techniques!
At the media tasting event, we were even informed of the various food pairing options that could further enhance the entire eating experience. Try them out and see for yourselves! Here is a list of 10 recommended drinks from Each A Cup!
1. Golden Buckwheat tea (suggestion: pair with Curry puffs)
We had our Golden Buckwheat tea served with 20% sugar and it tastes light, earthy and refreshing. Buckwheat contains a bioflavonoid called ‘rutin’ that helps fight off free radical, as a result, it can help people suffering from high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis and prevent different types of cancer.
In addition, Buckwheat cleanses, strengthens the intestines and improves appetite. Being high in protein, it is commonly use to substitute meat, hence ideal to reduce the amount of cholesterol intake.
2. Sakura Green Tea – Hot or Cold (suggestion: pair with pickled Sushi)
Craving for the aroma of vegetal Japanese tea? Have a cup of hot Sakura Green Tea! For those who want to cool down from the scorching weather, the cold Sakura Green Tea contains that sweet and minty flavour that uplifts the senses.
Green tea is high in anti-oxidants, helping to prevent a number of degenerative and age-related diseases. It is also one of the least processed tea in the market, preserving the natural chemicals in tea called polyphenols. It provides anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic effects. Caffeine is a key active ingredient in green tea, which helps improve the mood, boosts vigilance, reaction time and memory. With its amino acid L-theanine present, green tea also helps reduces anxiety.
3. Fresh Lemon Lime Juice (suggestion: pair with Roti Prata)
Complement this classic drink with ‘Ai-yu Jelly’ as the topping for a pleasantly sweet-sour and soothing drink! Lemons help boost immunity, detox, heal canker sores and freshen breath. High in vitamin C and notable for its citric acid, calcium, magnesium, bioflavonoids, pectin and limonene, lemons help fight infections and strengthen immunity. It also possesses antibacterial and antiviral properties. It is the beverage to go for after an oily meal.
4. Pu-Erh Chrysanthemum Tea (suggestion: pair with Dim Sum)
This clever mix of Pu Erh and Chrysanthemum tea gives traditional herbal teas a new spin! With the infusion of Chrysanthemum tea, the bitterness of Pu-Erh mellows, creating a delightful balance. A good drink to counter those stressful days.
Pu-Erh is credited for its health benefits such as reduction of cholesterol levels, inhibition of tumour growth and diabetes. Whereas the presence of Vitamin C and antiviral properties in Chrysanthemum tea aids in easing heaviness in head during cold, provide relief in sinusitis discomfort and counter viral infection, providing relief. Chrysanthemum tea is also a natural coolant, lowering body temperature during a fever or even heat stroke. Other benefits of this light yellow floral tea are detoxification of the liver, lowering of cholesterol levels, rejuvenating the brain, alerting the senses as well as high amounts of B carotene that is good for treating skin problems, deter aging process and strengthens immunity.
5. Korean Citron Juice – Hot or Cold (suggestion: pair with Korean Chicken Wings/ Satay)
Here’s something citrusy that stimulates appetite and ward off colds! The Korean Citron Juice with 20% sugar is delectable, pulpy and smooth. Unlike many citron teas that carries a hint of bitterness, this mix at Each a Cup is pleasantly sweet.
The leaves of Yuzu trees are effective in curing common cold and its rich content of Vitamin C helps relieves sore throats.
6. Honey Lemon with Ai-Yu – Warm or Cold (suggestion: pair with Hainanese Chicken Rice)
If Fresh Lemon Lime juice is a tad too sour for your taste buds, the honey lemon juice with Ai-yu jelly is a good alternative to go for! You can either order it warm or cold. Honey lemon beverages are commonly known to relieve cough and sore throat. At Each A Cup, you can enhance the refreshing taste by adding texture to your drink! Sip on, with the soft gelatin-like textured Ai-yu that literally flows down your throat to provide that extra soothing sensation.
Apart to the nutritional value of lemons, honey is an excellent source of antioxidants and flavonoids that helps reduce the risk of some cancers and heart diseases. Furthermore, the mixture of fructose and glucose present in honey helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
7. Fresh Lemon Earl Grey Tea – Hot or Cold (suggestion: pair with Roast Duck Rice)
For this drink, we had it with 70% sugar and the drink was so fine and satisfying. This rejuvenating drink reminds you of lemon tea but it’s infused with the elusive and pleasing taste of bergamot oil, coming from the earl grey tea.
Earl Grey tea is a relaxant that allows the body to be relaxed and soothed instantly (We can imagine sipping this on a stressful day at work.) At the same time, Earl Grey tea aids in alleviating symptoms of colic, nausea and other intestinal problems. With its citrus extract, it has been popularly sought after for its weight loss effects. Being a source of fluoride, Earl Grey tea also helps to keep teeth strong and cavity-free.
8. Purple Plum Tea with Ai-Yu (suggestion: pair with Pasta)
In a sip, we instantly fell in love with the quality of the rich and sweet plum juice. This appetising and fresh juice is prepared with much care. The plums are discerningly sourced from Taiwan and carefully squeezed and stored.
Plums contain vitamins A and C, potassium, iron and calcium, which helps to soothe an irritated digestive tract and dismisses constipation problems and promotes digestion. The presence of citric acid, malic acid and scenic acid acts to stop lactic acid from piling up, providing relief from weariness and fatigue.
When calcium level in the blood drops, it causes anxiety. Plums are a rich source of calcium. Furthermore, coupled with citric acid, it promotes good absorption of calcium and brings about stable mind.
Next, it simulates the protection of liver and promotes digestion. Picric acid in plums advance the liver function and citric acid normalise the level of oxygen, resulting in clear heads and increased liver function.
9. Fresh Plum Lime Juice (suggestion: pair with Hokkien Mee)
This is my personal favourite out of the 10 amazing selection! Combine the sweet, saltiness of purple plum juice with the tanginess of lime, it gives a perfect fusion. Top it with the signature black pearls to add some chewiness and fun!
Limes are rich in vitamin C and holds antibacterial and antifungal properties. It can help to lower the risk of diabetes, heart disease and obesity, while improving complexion, hair and boost energy levels. Blending plums with limes in a drink is sure to aid in digestion and ease congestion.
10. Rooibos Tea Latte – Warm or Cold (suggestion: pair with Nasi Lemak)
This hydrating and slightly minty milk tea is invigorating. Be sure to pick this drink over other milk teas for the wealth of benefits that it brings. Rooibos tea contains a wide variety of antioxidants that protects the body in numerous ways. It is rich in two polyphenol antioxidants, aspalathin and nothofagin, which helps to fight free radicals.
It is caffeine-free and contain high mineral content, hence known for its calming properties. Another antioxidant, called Chysoeriol in Rooibos Tea helps improve circulation by preventing activity of the enzyme that triggers cardiovascular disease. It lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, on top of that, it supports the body in absorption of iron. Rooibos Tea is ideal for people who suffers from asthma, skin issues, eczema, insomnia, weak bones and hypertension.
Who says bubble tea is just a fad? It can be thoughtfully crafted with loads of wellness benefits to be uncovered, just like those at Each A Cup! Next time we have our favourite local food, we’ll know what are the ideal beverages to pair with!
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