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Milo Dinosaur

Milo Dinosaur
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Type Cold chocolate beverage
Country of origin Singapore and Malaysia
Colour Brown
Flavour Chocolate, sweet
Ingredients

Milo Dinosaur is a Singaporean and Malaysian drink, composed of a cup of Milo (a chocolate malt drink) over ice with powdered undissolved Milo added to it.

Etymology

According to a reporter for The New Paper, the "Dinosaur" in the beverage's name on its own means "[a] heap of Milo or Horlicks powder on the iced drink".[1]

History and preparation

Also known as "milo-godzilla" and "ta-chiu",[2] The drink is made by adding to a cup of iced Milo (a type of chocolate malt beverage) some undissolved Milo powder.[3] The amount of powder added can be excessive[4][5] or as little as a spoonful.[6] The drink is common in Malaysia and Singapore.

Cultural impact

Typically sold at Indian food stores,[7] Milo Dinosaur can be accompanied with roti prata.[8][9] The beverage is considered to be an inexpensive one in Singapore; As of 2013 its pricing ranges from S$3[10] to S$3.50.[11] Larry Loh of CNNGo included Milo Dinosaur as one of the reasons why "Singapore is the best country in the world", calling it a "prehistoric drink". He jokingly stated that the drink contains "a million calories".[12] The beverage is one of board game Taboo Singapore's terms for guessing.[13] Milo Dinosaur has inspired the creation of "Godzilla Milo", a cupcake sold at a Singapore-based pastry store.[14] According to one Taiwan-based beverage store offering the drink, it is a "super popular" crowd-pleaser for the younger generation.[15] Milo Dinosaur is also prominent in Malaysia, and in fact, originated from Malaysian Indian food stalls .[16][17]

References

  1. ^ "Kopi kia gave me winning 4-D numbers". The New Paper. April 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ Luo, Serene (August 8, 2006). The Straits Times. [...] milo-dinosaur, milo-godzilla, ta-chiu, and I have drunk and loved them all.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Kaur, Balli (November 18, 2009). "Singapore's 5 best breakfast sets". CNN. 
  4. ^ Travel Singapore: Illustrated Travel Guide, Phrasebook, and Maps. MobileReference. 2007. pp. 332–. ISBN 9781605010151. 
  5. ^ Choudhary, P.S. (2009). Encyclopaedia Of Southeast Asia And Its Tribes. Anmol. pp. 197–. ISBN 9788126138371. 
  6. ^ Leo, Francis (2012). Migration and Diversity in Asian Contexts. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. pp. 218–. ISBN 9789814380478. 
  7. ^ Chen, Jingwen (March 2, 2012). "Tea and coffee worth the long wait at award-winning Mr Teh Tarik". AsiaOne. 
  8. ^ "Prata charms locals and foreigners alike". AsiaOne. August 13, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Expat kids give top votes to local book". AsiaOne. March 27, 2010. 
  10. ^ Sim, Walter (December 22, 2012). "Under $7 eats at Orchard Road". AsiaOne. 
  11. ^ "Cold Milo Dinosaur". Casuarina Curry. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 
  12. ^ Ho, Lian-yi (October 12, 2009). "50 reasons S'pore is No.1". AsiaOne. 
  13. ^ "Card game plays on S'poreans' favourite expressions". AsiaOne. November 8, 2011. 
  14. ^ Yeoh, Wee Teck (August 10, 2012). "Continue celebrating National Day at restaurants and hotels". AsiaOne. 
  15. ^ Chien, Leanne (March 17, 2011). "The Ultra-popular Beverages in Singapore – Milo Dinosaur and OREO Smoothie". TraNews (Taiwan). 
  16. ^ "Nestle charting an incredible journey". The Star. March 26, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Pretty Murni Draws The Crowds". Free Malaysia Today. June 17, 2011. Retrieved June 27, 2013.