Could this pretty Thai rose tea be the new laxative craze?

It’s like prune juice for millennials 

Could this pretty Thai rose tea be the new laxative craze?
Could this pretty Thai rose tea be the new laxative craze?
30 Aug 2017

Could this pretty Thai rose tea be the new laxative craze?

In mid-July, Thai tea chain Cha Tra Mue released a line of Instagrammable rose drinks, including a ~millenial pink~ rose milk tea, housed in quaint floral cups.

Naturally, the internet went abuzz. And unnaturally, or perhaps unexpectedly, butts went ablaze as customers discovered the drink’s highly potent laxative properties. That’s right: Thailand’s most photogenic new import might be the detox drink you never knew you needed.

(To be fair, store personnel warn patrons about the drink’s side effects, but some things need to be experienced to be believed.) 

Photo: Instagram/@chatramuesg

Could this pretty Thai rose tea be the new laxative craze?
Could this pretty Thai rose tea be the new laxative craze?
30 Aug 2017

Could this pretty Thai rose tea be the new laxative craze?

A quick glance at Cha Tra Mue Singapore’s Facebook fan page reveals that rose tea-induced toilet runs are not only commonplace, but they’re the whole point of the drink. (Even the admin got to enjoy numerous bouts of you-know-what after consumption!)


Could this pretty Thai rose tea be the new laxative craze?
Could this pretty Thai rose tea be the new laxative craze?
30 Aug 2017

Could this pretty Thai rose tea be the new laxative craze?

If you’re wondering whether this drink is just a hyped-up version of bandung, the answer is no. The flavour is lighter but aftermath is stronger (whereas bandung’s are non-existent) since Cha Tra Mue’s rose milk tea uses real rose extract rather than flavouring.

In fact, roses have long been lauded for their medicinal properties. Chinese medicine has used them to relieve liver, stomach, and menstrual ailments for thousands of years, while rosebud tea has high levels of Vitamin C and other antioxidants.

We’re a little doubtful that traditional rose remedies work with as much speed, or as much strength, as Cha Tra Mue’s tea. (We’ve tried both, and the effects of the latter were definitely less dignified than the effects of the former.) Taste-wise, they’re pleasantly sweet. Just make sure you stock up on toilet paper before trying them it for yourself. 

Cha Tra Mue's line of rose teas are available at all outlets in Singapore, in three flavours, while supplies last. 

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