Last Updated: May 30, 2019
Trust me when I say that everyone from SETHLUI.com is a bubble tea fan. Recently, we even did a blind taste test to find which was the best brown sugar boba fresh milk in town.
When I heard that BCC Tea Studio sold brown sugar boba fresh milk for a mere S$3.50, I knew at once that I had to go to Bedok and try it for myself.
BCC Tea Studio opened in February 2019 at 84 Bedok North Street 4, which is right behind Bedok 85’s Fengshan Food Centre.
It was opened by a couple who happened to be die-hard bubble tea fans and wanted to start a quality bubble tea stall in the heartlands.
BCC Tea Studio is a neighbourhood bubble tea stall, so if you’re expecting posh seating areas with couches and air-conditioning, you’re not going to get it here. You’d probably be better off going to one of the more popular bubble tea brands in town.
However, its interior is simple but sleek, with brick-lined wallpaper (perfect for the ‘gram!), a row of high chairs and rustic lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling.
The outdoor seating area is pretty bare, with a couple of black metal tables and chairs. Despite its simple furnishing, I actually preferred sitting outside because of how breezy and cool it was.
Sitting there felt like I was back in secondary school again, grabbing a cup of bubble tea with my friends and enjoying a nugget or two once school ended for the day.
The star of BCC Tea Studio’s menu was its Brown Sugar Boba With Fresh Milk (S$3.50).
I was pretty happy to see a good amount of pearls, alongside the characteristic “tiger stripes” from the brown sugar boba.
BCC Tea Studio’s Brown Sugar Boba with Fresh Milk was definitely on the sweeter side, and I’m not just talking about the brown sugar boba.
The fresh milk tasted more like milk tea than fresh milk. In fact, I couldn’t taste the fresh milk, unlike other bubble tea brands that use specific brands of fresh milk straight from the carton.
However, what impressed me was its brown sugar boba. It was just right; not too soft nor too hard with a nice chewy bite to it. As I slowly chewed on the boba, I could taste its distinct caramel-like roasted smokiness, and I enjoyed how the strong flavours went with the silkiness of the milk.
I also got my staple favourite, Earl Grey Milk Tea (S$2.60/small, S$3.40/large). I order this drink without fail at every single bubble tea store I visit, so I tried BCC Tea Studio’s version with high expectations.
It didn’t disappoint at all. It was light, refreshing and mildly sweet, and what I especially loved about it was how strong the Earl Grey tea was. I could taste it immediately and it wasn’t masked by the milk nor pearls at all, as some other brands tend to do.
Do note that BCC Tea Studio only offers brown sugar boba, so if you’re not a fan of brown sugar, you might want to opt for other toppings such as lychee or pineapple jelly.
Other than the basic bubble tea flavours, BCC Tea Studio also offers unique creations such as Japanese Zen (S$4.20), a cold drink that includes pure Japanese matcha, milk foam, and milk.
If you love matcha, you’d love this drink. It wasn’t overly milky nor creamy but remained light and frothy, with a nice powdery finish from the matcha powder.
I absolutely loved how earthy and fragrant the matcha was, and upon asking, I learnt that BCC Tea Studio uses authentic matcha directly imported from Japan. Specifically, it uses premium grade matcha, which is just one grade below the ceremonial grade.
I also tried Bubblegum Frosty (S$4.20), a new addition to the menu that features a combination of flavours like bubblegum, cotton candy and passionfruit.
The drink was definitely more slushie-like, and it was mildly sweet with a nice minty aftertaste.
I’ve got to admit, the combination of flavours were a little odd to me. The addition of mint to a sweet drink reminded me of menthol toothpaste or cough syrup, but that might also be because I’m not a huge fan of bubblegum in the first place.
Last but not least, I tried Galaxy Blue (S$4.20), which we were told later on is a crowd favourite.
The spearmint-based drink was fizzy and topped with sweet potato fibre, which gave the drink a deep blue hue.
While the different layers of colours were definitely mesmerising and great for the ‘gram, the minty flavours were a tad too strong for our taste. Combined with the fizziness from the soda, the drink felt too carbonated and light, with no sweetness or other strong flavours to anchor the drink.
The draw of BCC Tea Studio is definitely its cheap prices. The cheapest drink on its menu is its Pure Teas, which are priced at S$2.10 for the small cup. It’s an added bonus that the Brown Sugar Boba with Fresh Milk was pretty delicious, with yummy pearls that had a nice bite to them.
The only drawback is that it’s not located near the MRT or any big malls, so the only time I’d drop by there is if I’m dining at Bedok 85 with my friends. If you’re living, working or studying near the vicinity, lucky you!
Expected Damage: S$2.10 – S$4.20 per pax
Our Rating: 4 / 5
BCC Tea Studio
84 Bedok North Street 4, #01-29, Singapore 460084
84 Bedok North Street 4, #01-29, Singapore 460084