Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Royal Treasure Discovery

If you have seen an earlier Tokyo post of mine, you'll know that I love Royal Milk Tea. Now, here in Singapore, it's almost impossible to find the drink in almost any form. Imagine my surprise when I stepped out of the subway into Plaza Singapura shopping mall and found this (in a basement corner next to Carl's Jr). A Pokka drinks vending machine ... with Royal Milk Tea in it! That's not all. In Japan, the Royal Milk Tea from their vending machines are served cold but from this machine in Singapore, it's frickin' HOT! Check out the middle row with the red bar below it. Those are the hot can drinks. Far as I know, this is the first time I ever had a hot can of drink pop out of a vending machine here. Anyone else seen this before?

7 comments:

b said...

Wow...no, I've never come across a vending machine with both cold and hot beverages! So, what does this royal milk tea taste like? And is it better hot?

Richard said...

You would imagine tha tin Canada, where it can get mighty cold in the Winter, we would have vending machines that sell hot beverages (aside from coffee, tea and hot chocolate in a styrofoam cup), but I have never seen one.

Even when it is minus 40C outside and you go to a restaurant water and pop are served with ice.

imp said...

hot can?? is it just spoilt or something? i'd have thought cans would come cold...

niki yokota said...

OMG!! Pokka in Singapore? :D
i love royal milk tea & coffee of those vending machine toooo!!
ur photos look great!!

Cavalock said...

b: what's it like? Sweeeet!

richard: yup, first time i'm seeing it too.

imp: nope, it's not spolit. click on the vending machine pix for a bigger shot.

niki: hah! royal milk tea is the best!

Susi said...

Gosh, I miss Royal Milk Tea. We lived in Japan for 4 years and yes, the vending machines offered the tea either hot or cold.....I made that mistake more than once.
I haven't been able to find this tea in the US, too bad......

Anonymous said...

I was stationed in Japan back in 1995 to 1998 and we had the hot and cold machines at Yokota AB so these machines are far from new. In the summer my one boss and I used to get the cold Milk Teas and in the winter we would get the hot ones. They also have hot and cold coffee in the same machines. The cans have changed since I have been there but some of the Royal Milk Teas are bottled by Coke. This is surely something that would be nice to bring to the USA at some point.