Collagen Tea (and low-cal cupcakes)

Collagen Tea (and low-cal cupcakes)

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This little café was quite a find, with its Japanese ambiance and colourful treats to eat. We particularly liked the collagen tea, which has a bright turquoise layer of collagen jelly on the bottom, through which you drink your tea. OK, it is slightly odd, but in a country where tea regularly comes full of sago pearls and fruit ‘boba’ bubbles, it isn’t too much of a challenge.

The low calorie cupcakes were a bonus. Lady A Cupcakes actually offers nothing to eat but cupcakes, on the grounds that it if focuses on one thing, it will do a better job.

So the cake is light, either Madagascar vanilla or Belgian chocolate, sitting on a base of caramelised cookie for an interesting difference in texture. The low calorie frosting does not overwhelm the cake, unlike other brands I could mention, and is less sugary so you can actually taste the flavour.

As the menu says: ‘I am baked for the ladies, so I am always less sweet, has lower calories and I look really pretty too~ I know these are important to you.’

Our cupcake and collagen tea sets cost just S$4.90, which made this a tasty and very affordable treat.


Dessert Tea

Category : Food

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This one is for everyone who ever enjoyed an ice cream float as a child, or who likes those lattes and mochas with a scoop which a few ‘gourmet’ coffee shops  offer.

Essentially, it is iced tea with ice cream on the top, and at Arteastiq in Singapore, there’s a whole section on the menu devoted to the various combinations.  For S$12 you can get such delights as the Lady Yang, which is oolong tea with lychee ice cream, or The Last Eunuch, which has pear (there’s a joke in there somewhere..)

It is all served most elegantly, with the tea in a glass pot ready to pour over the ice cream in its separate, ice cube filled, glass. There are even complimentary cookies on the side.

I am not crazy for iced tea, which I usually find way too sweet, so was glad a friend decided to order this and let me have a taste. It really wasn’t my thing, so I won’t be ordering it for myself any time soon, but it was clearly a hit with the local crowd so I expect to see it popping up all over the place shortly.


Water Bottle Tea Bag

Category : Food

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This is one of those things you have to see to get your head round, but which then makes perfect sense. You want a large bottle of green tea in your fridge without the bother of making up a series of jugs to fill it up? Here is what to do… Take one very long tube-shaped tea bag, stick it into a bottle of your favourite mineral water,  hold it in place by trapping the end with the bottle top, then wait until the tea is the concentration you desire. Easy!

There are several varieties of tea available in these special bags, from mugi cha to standard black tea as well as the more popular green. From most Japanese grocery stores, ¥100 yen for a pack of 3.

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