|Type||Cold chocolate beverage|
|Flavour||Sweet chocolate beverage|
Milo dinosaur or Milo tabur is a Malaysian and Singaporean beverage, composed of a cup of iced Milo (a chocolate malt beverage) with undissolved Milo powder added on top of it.
History and preparation
The origin of Milo dinasour is disputed. A drink, known as Milo shake, was being served in Malaysian roadside stalls in the mid-1990s. Vendors in Singapore say that the Malaysian shake is not as chocolatey and creamy as the Milo dinosaur. Initially, Milo was marketed in British Malaya from the mid-1930s as a convenient ‘fortified tonic food’ for middle-class individuals. At the present time, Malaysia has the world's highest per capita consumption of Milo. Malaysia is also home to the world's biggest Milo factory. Milo Dinosaur is considered Malaysia's and Singapore's joint colonial legacy.
Milo Dinansour is also known as "ta-chiu", The drink is made by adding a generous amount of undissolved Milo powder to a cup of iced Milo. The amount of powder added can be excessive or as little as a spoonful. The drink is common in Malaysia and Singapore.
A variant, "Milo Godzilla", comprises a cup of milo dinosaur augmented with a scoop of frozen vanilla flavored milk ice-cream and/or a twist of cream finely whipped with sugar to the point of emulsification.
In Hong Kong, Milo Dinosaur is often served as a Malaysian speciality while in Australia, the land where Milo originated from, it is known as either a Malaysian and Singapore-style beverage.
Typically sold at Mamak stalls, Milo dinosaur can be accompanied with roti prata. The beverage is considered to be inexpensive in Singapore; As of 2013[update] its pricing ranges from S$3 to S$3.50. The name of the beverage is one of the terms to be guessed in the Singaporean version of the popular board game, Taboo. Milo Dinosaur inspired the creation of "Godzilla Milo", a cupcake sold at a Singapore-based pastry store. According to one Taiwan-based beverage store offering the drink, it is a "super popular" crowd-pleaser for the younger generation. Milo Dinosaur is also prominent in Malaysia, and in fact, originated from Malaysian Indian food stalls .
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