Whether you start your day with a kopi gao from a coffeeshop or a double shot espresso from Starbucks, most of us think we know all there is to ordering our favourite drinks from these stalls. But I'm sure you've heard the whispers of secret menu items, flavourful concoctions that exist only for those crazy/brave enough to try them.
In fact Circles.Life has it's very own Data Only Secret Menu that gets you one of six vouchers that you can spend on things like Razer Gold or Sephora when you get a Data Only Plan! This is perfect for anyone who's stuck in a contract and looking to get a second line to boost what little data they have from their current telco 😉
Not unlike the last article I did with where to find Singapore's best food, I asked a bunch of my friends, family and colleagues about the best and weirdest secret menu options they've tried. Let's start things off by going local with our kopitiams
Coffeeshop Secret Menu
All the flavour of a $6 mocha distilled into a cup that costs no more than a Milo Godzilla in most places. The average coffeeshop might not stock hot chocolate but a hearty serving of milo powder more than makes up for it. This is a personal favourite of my sister, who swears by the ones served up by the prata shops in Serangoon Gardens.
You can straight up ask your drink uncle/auntie for this to see if they know it if not you can just say nescafe jia (add) milo and round it off with some condensed milk if you want something a little sweeter.
As much as I love Milo, deep down I know that I love horlicks SO much more. There's just something about the malty goodness that gets me hooked. The picture above doesn't do it justice, but the drink is essentially comprised of one part horlicks and another part sweetened condensed milk.
When first mixed together you'll see a nice gradient start to form and if you stir it right before you add the ice you get a creamy foam layer that even a trained barista might envy.
Kopi Gu You (Coffee-Butter)
This is one drink my Grandfather remembers and used to drink all the time back in the day. The drinks is literally made of just coffee and butter and makes for one of the smoothest cups of kopi you'll ever have.
Do a quick google search and you'll realise that if you're looking to order this particular drink you gotta go to Heap Seng Leong which in and of itself proves to be a trip down memory lane with it's rustic 1960s architecture.
Starbucks Secret Menu
Ok first things first is it pronounced 'nuh-tell-uh' or 'new-tell-uh'? Apparently it's the second one but I'll leave you to decide yourself. What I can tell you is that this recipe I stumbled upon during my Poly days has been one of my favourite secret menu options I still order on the regular.
I just love the hints of hazelnut mixed in with the light sweetness of whipped cream being blended in. I've included the original recipe from the 'official' Starbucks Secret Menu down below ⬇️
- Regular coffee frappuccino
- 2 pumps of mocha syrup
- 1 pump of hazelnut syrup
- whipped cream blended in
- Top with whipped cream! Caramel drizzle is optional
I can't write an article without including a recommendation from my best friend Josh! Being the Hufflepuff that he is, he loves nothing more than to recline into a good book while sipping a warm cup of Butterbeer Latte.
The drink is almost identical to your regular Butterscotch Latte with the addition of some cinnamon powder to give it that magical twist that's both sweet and savoury. The guys at Eatbook note that this variant is only available at Starbucks Reserve outlets but here's an alternate recipe I found that you can use anywhere.
- Whole milk steamer
- Add Caramel syrup (2 for tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)
- Add Toffee nut syrup (2 for tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)
- Whipped cream and cinnamon powder on top
- Optional if you prefer to add a coffee taste: Add a shot of espresso (2 for a grande or venti)
Last but not least, the Snickers Frappe by Starbucks comes highly recommended by my boss who is a bona fide secret menu expert; having tried everything from the butterbeer latte mentioned above to the basic pumpkin spice drink which she thinks is the "best thing ever" (IMO pumpkin should never be made into a drink lol 🎃 but that's me)
It's sweet, it's gooey and there's surprising little chocolate java chips in there so what's not to love about this secret menu masterpiece. It's definitely one of the more textured drinks on this list so it definitely worth a try!
- Java Chip Frappuccino
- Add toffee nut syrup (1 pump for a tall, 2 pumps grande, 3 pumps venti)
- Caramel drizzle in the cup and on top
What will you drink next?
Now this list is by no means exhaustive but it definitely proves that drink creations are only limited by your creativity! There are plenty of unicorn drinks and dalgona coffee spin-offs just waiting to be discovered.
If you know of any other cool secret menu items (doesn't have to be drinks!) do share it with us in the comments section or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to feature your submissions ✌️
Don't forget to check out our own Data Only Secret Menu packed full of gaming toppers, entertainment platters and delivery bites (which is really a fancy way of saying vouchers 😉) To see a full-list of what you can redeem alongside your purchase of a Data Only Plan, click here.