Happiness In A Cup @ Sugar Mummy Boba, KL

(Update: This outlet is permanently closed).

There are plenty of boba spots in Bukit Bintang, but if there’s one you should try, it’s Sugar Mummy Boba. Hidden in a nondescript alley between Lot 10 and Fahrenheit 88, the kiosk might be easy to miss, so just look out for the signboard with “Optimism + Coffee” just outside the alley.


The store combines two concepts, namely Sugar Mummy Boba and  Optimist Coffee. Both brands are the brainchild of Trev Ng, a former PR practitioner who wanted to create an F&B concept to spread positivity and good vibes. You can see these from the little touches at the shop, from quirky labels on their bottles to inspiring quotes.



The menu for the coffee kiosk covers the basics, so forget fancy schmancy drinks like ice blended tropical whatever. Sugar Mommy Boba serves only three beverages, ie the traditional Boba Milk Tea, Boba Fresh Milk and Boba Latte, which pairs tapioca pearls with coffee.



The brand has a cheeky logo – inspired by the loud and boisterous landlady from Stephen Chow’s Kungfu Hustle.

Ordered a Boba Fresh Milk. The portion is smaller than your run-of-the-mill boba joints, but it’s good coz you get your sugar fix without overindulging. I like that they caramelise the brown sugar on top with a torch, and there’s a layer of cheese just underneath which gives it a great balance of salty and sweet. The pearls are nice and chewy as well.

Sugar Mummy Boba KL is located at SE1 Ground Floor Lot 10 Shopping Centre, 50, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur. Opening hours are from 12PM – 10PM (daily). They also have branches in Sri Petaling, Setapak and Damansara Uptown.

Chemistry Themed Bubble Milk Tea @ QR-Tea Lab, Sunway Geo Avenue, Bandar Sunway

Update 1/2/2021: This outlet is now permanently closed. 

With bubble tea craze in Malaysia reaching critical mass (there are now close to 30 brands), smaller outlets have had to compete in creative ways – by upping their Instagram game. Which is why you get new ‘concept’ bubble tea shops, such as QR-Tea Lab at Sunway Geo Avenue, Bandar Sunway. Themed after a science lab, the cafe features decor such as a periodic table of the elements on one side of the wall, and servers dressed in lab coats.


Aside from your standard bubble milk tea, QR Lab also allows patrons to customise their own drinks by mixing different concoctions together. You can select your own mix from a test tube display counter at the front, with tea options such as oolong and black tea, fruit flavours such as peach and pineapple, and flavoured syrup the likes of jasmine, rose and more. If you like the foamy cheese tea, they have that as well.


Colourful beakers adorn one side of the cafe.


A small area at the back for photos, complete with microscope, test tubes/beakers and a model skeleton.


Photoshopped pictures of famous scientists with the brand’s bubble tea.


Ever since I tried the Brown Sugar Fresh Milk series (they have it at almost every single bubble tea outlet these days), I’ve found it hard to drink anything else when I go to a bubble tea shop. The QR-Tea version was pretty good, with small, chewy bubbles that went well with the cold fresh milk. They only come in one size and cost RM12.90 per cup.

That being said, I don’t condone having bubble milk tea too often – high sugar content and all that. Treat yourself after a month of hard work, or have it for a celebration or something. 😀


B01.05, Sunway Geo Avenue, Bandar Sunway, Selangor.

Opening hours: 12PM – 11PM (daily)