Feed me with Milo now!
Nothing is more distinctively Singaporean to me than having a cup of Milo®. It was such a big part of growing up for me that it’s practically synonymous with my childhood (I’m an ’89er by the way).
I have childhood memories of my experiences anticipating it. I would forward to getting a cold cup of Milo at school sports days from the Milo van, which would pull up in the car park during special occasions and serve small cups of chocolatey goodness to us kids. Every Singaporean knows (or they should) that the best Milo comes from the Milo vans.
Then there were the days, my mother would allow me to make myself a hot frothy cup and I would crank open the tin lid with the back of a metal spoon, sneakily scoop a little extra Milo powder before mixing it with warm water and a scoop of condensed milk. I’d always dunk in ice cubes to make it nice and cold once it was the right “thickness” and then enjoy it like a real treat. It was, in a way, my simple pleasure back in those times.
As a teen, I had access to Milo any time I wanted as long as I didn’t splurge on anything with my allowance. It was my go-to drink for the longest time. This was way before I developed a liking for Teh Bing (red tea with milk). I remember discovering Milo Dinosaurs, gigantic glass cups of Milo beverage topped with a large, almost mountainous, scoop of Milo powder. I’m surprised I never died of a sugar overdose.
Then as a young adult, those late night suppers with friends after hitting the clubs would mean an order of Maggie Goreng Pattaya (Fried Instant Noodles in Omelette) accompanied by none other than a solid cup of iced Milo. Seriously, do you see why I think Milo is so darn Singaporean?
You know what’s really funny though? The drink isn’t “made in Singapore”. Of course Milo sold locally these days are made in Singapore factories, but the energy beverage actually originated from Sydney, Australia. We practically made it our own!
No, not a murky beer tower, but 2L of super “gao” (thick) and rich chocolatey energy drink
These days I’ve stopped drinking so much of it, but just over the last weekend I popped by Serangoon Gardens for a rooftop movie screening at MyVillage and decided to makan (Malay for eat) at the nearby RK Eating House (which is a real legend not because of the food but because this happened).
As we found ourselves a table I noticed, for the first time ever, that there were these 2L beer towers but filled with… yep you guessed it, Milo. I guess when you’re tired of beer towers and decide you’ll have another kind of sin, a 2L Milo Tower, instead. That’s all (or more) of the calories, none of the hangovers.
Oh boy, it was the best people. It was so madly sweet (please wait for the ice cubes to melt for the best experience) but so good. It’s like I rekindled a long-lost love.
Let me just give you very good advice right now: Don’t try the Milo Tower with only two people. This is way too much for two or even four. A group of four of us still had a third of it left by the time we were done with our meals and it’s not like I wasn’t doing my part of guzzling as much as I could muster down like my life depended on it (I hate leftovers – it feels too wasteful). Six people should be a good number for sharing of the 2L of Milo.
I forgot how much it was , but don’t worry, it’s not gonna cost you an arm and a leg. It’s $12. (Thanks Shanie!) Don’t forget to get the Nasi Goreng Ayam (Fried Rice with Deep-fried Chicken) and Kosong Prata (Crispy flour-based dough “pancake”) while you’re here. Of course, if you do, you’re just upping the sin counter. But what’s life without a bit of living, right?
Update: Guys, this is pretty insane. The Milo Tower apparently trends on and off whenever there’s a post of it circulated on Facebook or social media. (Like when Sgag shared this ridiculous next level Milo Tower nine months ago.) We really, really love Milo and the Milo Tower madness sparked follow up reports here and here in Malaysia.
RK Eating House
1 Kensington Park Road, Singapore 557253
Open 24 hours, daily.