Local Drinks and How Their Names Came About

Beverages that Singaporeans drink on a day-to-day basis hold an important place in their hearts, so much so that we have created rather special names for each of them. Here are some local drinks with interesting meanings behind their names.

#1 Milo Dinosaur / Milo Godzilla

Cousins of the plain Milo, Milo Dinosaur is essentially iced Milo topped with a heapful of undissolved Milo powder, while Milo Godzilla is Milo Dinosaur with an additional scoop of vanilla ice cream. The given names attribute to the fact that these beverages are usually served in very large mugs, sometimes almost bigger than typical beer mugs. That being said, these beverages are so decadent that you need not be thirsty or craving for Milo to finish them! Milo Dinosaur was supposedly invented by A&A Muslim Restaurant at Sembawang Road.

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#2 Michael Jackson

Chilled soya bean milk with Chinese mesona stems and leaves processed into Grass Jelly cubes make a wonderfully refreshing drink on a hot day. The beverage adopted its nickname from the late King of Pop, whose renowned song “Black or White” is reminiscent of the drink’s monochromatic colours.

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#3 Teh-C

Contrary to popular belief, the ‘C’ in Teh C stands for ‘Carnation’, a popular brand of evaporated milk, which does not contain sugar. Because there is no sweetener in this tea, Teh C usually contains an added amount of sugar, which can be adjusted according to preference, unlike ordinary Teh, which is tea with condensed milk that already contains a fixed and high amount of sugar.

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