Momo & Moomoo
Last Saturday we finally got to visit Carrie & KG’s new cafe and shop, Momo & Moomoo (Directly translated: Milk & Peaches, or “Peaches & Cream”). They moved two streets down from Seah Street to Middle Road. It was only my second time meeting Carrie, so I was quite pleasantly surprised when she served us tea herself. The impromptu tea ceremony lasted close to two hours. We tried three different types of tea while we had a chat with her.
“Since young, I was very curious about tea. When I was 14, I asked my grandmother where the tea in a Lipton bag came from. She gave me all kinds of funny answers. ‘It came from the pot,’ she said.”
Carrie talked about how she grew up in a very westernised family, surrounded by things like English Breakfast tea and waffles; and how her mother, even up till today, still cannot fathom her interest in something like tea, let alone her business with it. “I have always been interested in tea, I studied it for many years. And one day, my husband said, ‘Since you’re so interested in tea, you might as well make some money out of it’. So we did.”
“I love coke. I have to have at least one can a day!” she confessed, “But, tea is nice too … There’s something very calming about the repetition and routine of it.”
The first tea we tried was Shan Lin Xi tea. She served them in tiny tumblers with matching cups and saucers. We were instructed to pour the tea in the saucer and then sniff the tumbler before we tasted the tea. It reminded me quite a bit of wine tasting.
The tea itself was lovely, it was aromatic but not too strong, and it left us feeling weirdly happy and high.
The second tea we had was a Jasmine pearl tea that I didn’t manage to photograph well. It was a small ball of leaves, served in a tiny, covered pot. Once the leaves had unfurled, we were told to sniff the lid before we tasted the tea. It smelt amazing and tasted really pleasant and sweet.
The third tea we tried was a 10-year-old Single Estate Lipton tea (above). I didn’t think Lipton tea could taste that good! It was light and not bitter at all, even without any sugar.
Some of the tea sets on sale at Tea Bone Zen Mind, the tea shop located on the second floor. Some of these sets are collected by the likes of Lee Kuan Yew and Bill Clinton. A small pot can cost up to a few thousand dollars.
Close to 3pm, the rest of the group arrived and we were starving, so we went downstairs to the cafe. We had the tea eggs, tea wings, BBQ sausages and cucumber sandwiches, all of which were awesome.
I need a second to rave about the tea eggs. OmgIhavenevertastedanythingsogoodinmylife. The eggs cost $3.50 a piece and are served in individual dishes, swimming in heavenly tea-sauce (We were told that the recipe contains saké). The inside is soft and the yolk is still runny. I could die happy eating those eggs.
(Cucumber sandwiches – highly recommended)
(Colin’s Eight-Treasure Tea, that I thought tasted like soup and Mavis thought tasted like a spa.)
(Mavis’s Bancha tea that I highly recommend. It was really lovely.)
(Priya’s Masala tea)
(My pear tea)
(Hock’s super yummy iced lychee ginger tea)
(Jennifer’s “Mmmmmm!” face after trying the pear tea)
After over four hours, we left feeling extremely pampered, spoilt and very full. I finally understood the concept of afternoon tea, hanging out with friends, sipping tea and relaxing. It was greaat. I also think Momo & Moomoo are going to have the same effect that Nespresso had on me with coffee – normal tea just isn’t going to cut it anymore.
Momo & Moomoo is located at 43 Middle Road.