Is bubble tea halal? 🤔
Are tapioca pearls halal?Most tapioca pearls are made from halal or Muslim-friendly ingredients! In fact, many people have even tried their hand at making their own tapioca pearls while staying at home. The typical ingredients are tapioca flour or starch, water, and sugar or brown sugar for taste. Some people may add flavourings like honey to create flavoured pearls. A common misconception is that tapioca pearls contain gelatin - however, this is not the case for most commercially-made pearls . If you have any doubts, you can always ask the bubble tea staff about their ingredients. 😊 P.S. Do look out for pearls that are of a specific flavouring (e.g. strawberry or mango pearls) as these might use colourings or flavourings that are ambiguous.
What are the ambiguous ingredients to look out for?Some ingredients to look out for are syrups, colourings, and flavourings as these may be derived using alcohol or from non-halal animal products. As bubble tea now comes in so many flavours, do ask the staff if they use flavourings processed with alcohol (e.g. vanilla extract). Synthetic flavours (e.g. vanilla essence) are usually Muslim-friendly as these are synthesized in a lab and don't use any alcohol in the process.
Can I find halal bubble tea in Singapore?Sure! In Singapore, you can get halal bubble tea from TP Tea (halal-certified) and Sofnade (halal-certified). Some other halal cafes and eateries also offer bubble tea ... and bubble tea delivery too! Read on here to find out how you can get halal bubble tea delivered to your doorstep. 😊 We've also checked with some of the popular bubble tea brands in Singapore to find out the halal status of their ingredients. While the individual stores may not be halal-certified, do note that they may use halal-certified or Muslim-friendly ingredients. We are not a halal certification body, but this information is meant to help you make a discerning choice! Do ask the staff at any bubble tea shop if you have questions, and dine at your own discretion:
The Alley: Not halal-certified but no pork, pork derivatives, or alcohol used in their ingredients.
CHICHASanChen: Not halal-certified, but their ingredients are free from pork, lard, and alcohol.
Gongcha: Not halal-certified but all ingredients used are halal-certified.
- KOI Thé: Not halal-certified but many of their ingredients are from halal-certified suppliers, and most ingredients are from plant/fruit-based sources. The exception are some dairy (cow) products e.g. ice cream, fresh milk, cream, and yakult. No gelatin or alcohol are present in any of their ingredients.
Milksha: Not halal-certified but their ingredients are free from pork, lard, alcohol, and alcohol derivatives.
Playmade: Not halal-certified, and their ingredients are all meat-free except for the Kanten Jelly topping which uses gelatine. No alcohol or alcohol derivatives are in any of their ingredients.
Tiger Sugar: Not halal-certified, their ingredients are free from pork, lard, and alcohol. Their brown sugar is all-natural with no additional flavourings or colourings.