Singapore has a huge selection of milk tea brands on the market right now, and many of the trending ones are upscale brands from China.
While Taiwan milk tea used to be all the rage, mainland milk tea brands have gone through a huge makeover in recent years and have positioned themselves as a more premium, healthy version of the popular beverage.
BaWangChaJi milk tea
One such popular chain is BaWangChaJi (霸王茶姬), from Kunming – the capital of Yunnan, China. They utilise high-quality ingredients like fresh milk from New Zealand and traditional rock sugar instead of regular sugar.
The tea in each individual drink is brewed on the spot, so you can be sure your milk tea is super fresh and fragrant.
Tear Cup Events (撕杯活动)
Aside from the delicious taste, there’s another compelling reason to buy BaWangChaJi milk tea: every month on the 10th, BaWangChaJi offers you the chance to win fantastic prizes in a unique and fun way – their “Tear Cups” event!
How can you participate? Simply purchase a Large Milk Tea and tear off the bottom section to see if you’ve won a prize.
The Tear Cups function similarly to mystery or blind boxes, with the luxury beauty products serving as “chasers,” or items with the lowest odds and are more difficult to obtain than others.
While Tear Cup events usually occur on the 10th of each month, they are sometimes extended for up to three days for special occasions or even brought back on other dates.
Prizes customers have won
The most coveted prizes at BaWangChaJi seem to be the lipsticks from luxury brands like Burberry, YSL, Tom Ford, Dior, Mac, and Shu Uemura.
20 August 2020 (First Tear Cup Event) – According to BaWangChaJi’s Instagram, this was one of the first Tear Cup events held in Singapore. Happy buyers won Shu Uemura Limited Edition Chinese Valentine’s Lipsticks and exclusive BaWangChaJi teapot sets, among other exclusive prizes.
10 January 2021 (New Year’s Special) – In addition to YSL and Shu Uemura lipsticks and luxury mini perfumes such as Ferragamo’s Incanto Shine, buyers won one-for-one drink vouchers and exclusive BaWangChaJi merchandise such as premium tea sets, canvas tote bags, and pocket mirrors.
10 August 2021 (National Day Special) – A collaboration with local brand Snacky & Crisps, buyers received one free Snacky & Crisps packet if they won two coupons from their order.
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10 October 2021 (Squid Game theme) – In honour of the two-year anniversary of their second outlet, Squid Game-themed cards were included in last October’s event. Customers had the chance to redeem different prizes according to the symbols on the card they managed to win.
In total, 40 luxury lipsticks, 38 mini waffle pans, and many other mystery gifts were redeemed for this promotion alone.
10 November 2021 (11.11 collaboration with Lazada) – Along with branded lipsticks, customers also had the chance to win Lazada vouchers worth up to S$50 and scratch cards with exclusive discount codes for Lazada’s 11.11 sale.
12 November 2021 (Eight-day event) – Celebrating the opening of their fifth outlet at Changi City Point, this Tear Cup event ran from 13 to 20 November 2021!
10 December 2021 (Exclusive Gift Set) – The top prize was a Limited Premium BaWangChaJi’s Black Gold Series Gift Set worth S$188. Smaller prizes included an elephant mobile stand and small pig or duck figurines. Buyers also won vouchers such as S$1 discounts or one-for-one coupons.
Where you can get your BaWangChaJi fix
On regular days, you can still buy the large milk tea in BaWangChaJi’s signature huge cup – just don’t expect to find special prizes in the bottom tear-off section.
Their big cups are also great as a prop for selfies, or as a canvas to unleash your artistic talents!
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