Khun Thai Tea Philippines opens third outlet

Khun Thai Tea, the “cha-yen” (Thai ice tea) that arrived in the Philippines last year, has opened its third outlet.

At SM Megamall, in Metro Manila’s Ortigas business district, the new counter joins the Khun Thai Tea outlets at SM Mall of Asia Manila and at Star City Manila. The brand was introduced by Jeremy Lee, Elis Chai and Nancy Padilla.

New to the menu are variations of the original ice tea with regional inspirations, such as a mix of coffee and tea (Yuan Yang), first brewed in Hong Kong; Ice Bandung, from the Malaysian beverage that combines rose syrup with milk; and Taiwanese bubble milk teas, which feature tapioca balls. Also new are Ice Cappuccino and Ice Mocha, plus Thai-influenced snacks Tea Toast and Crispy Kangkong.

Lee says this year is looking good for the tea, with more franchises expected to open in Singapore and Malaysia. There are also plans for the brand to have a presence in every mall in Manila, as well as expand to Jakarta and Taipei.

Meanwhile, Khun Thai Tea founder Auntie Marlee is about to retire after running her push-cart on the streets of Bangkok for more than 60 years. Her original cart, at Sukamvit Sol 11, will close at the end of this month.

However, her secret recipe is gaining new life thanks to Khun Thai Tea Singapore, which is overseeing the brand’s global expansion through franchising.

Nancy Padilla has been named sole business owner for Khun Thai Tea Shop Philippines.


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