Milo dinosaur

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Milo dinosaur, Milo shake
Cup of Milo Dinosaur June 29, 2013.jpg
TypeCold chocolate beverage
FlavourSweet 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.


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[edit]

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.[2] Malaysia is also home to the world's biggest Milo factory.[3] Milo Dinosaur is considered Malaysia's and Singapore's joint colonial legacy.

Milo Dinansour is also known as "ta-chiu",[4] The drink is made by adding a generous amount of undissolved Milo powder to a cup of iced Milo.[5] The amount of powder added can be excessive[6][7] or as little as a spoonful.[8] 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.

Cultural impact[edit]

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.[2]

Typically sold at Mamak stalls,[9] Milo dinosaur can be accompanied with roti prata.[10][11] The beverage is considered to be inexpensive in Singapore; As of 2013 its pricing ranges from S$3[12] to S$3.50.[13] The name of the beverage is one of the terms to be guessed in the Singaporean version of the popular board game, Taboo.[14] Milo Dinosaur inspired the creation of "Godzilla Milo", a cupcake sold at a Singapore-based pastry store.[15] According to one Taiwan-based beverage store offering the drink, it is a "super popular" crowd-pleaser for the younger generation.[16] Milo Dinosaur is also prominent in Malaysia, and in fact, originated from Malaysian Indian food stalls .[17][18]


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  2. ^ a b "Milo Dinosaur: When Southeast Asia's Cultural Heritage Meets Nestlé" (PDF). Yusof Issak Institute. 2019. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  4. ^ Luo, Serene (21 August 2006). "RACK YOUR BRAINS". The Straits Times. [...] milo-dinosaur, milo-godzilla, ta-chiu, and I have drunk and loved them all.
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  8. ^ Leo, Francis (2012). Migration and Diversity in Asian Contexts. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. pp. 218–. ISBN 9789814380478.
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  10. ^ "Prata charms locals and foreigners alike". AsiaOne. 13 August 2011. Archived from the original on 28 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Expat kids give top votes to local book". AsiaOne. 27 March 2010. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  12. ^ Sim, Walter (22 December 2012). "Under $7 eats at Orchard Road". AsiaOne. Archived from the original on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  13. ^ "Cold Milo Dinosaur". Casuarina Curry. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  14. ^ "Card game plays on S'poreans' favourite expressions". AsiaOne. 8 November 2011. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  15. ^ Yeoh, Wee Teck (10 August 2012). "Continue celebrating National Day at restaurants and hotels". AsiaOne. Archived from the original on 12 August 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  16. ^ Chien, Leanne (17 March 2011). "The Ultra-popular Beverages in Singapore – Milo Dinosaur and OREO Smoothie". TraNews. Taiwan. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  17. ^ "Nestle charting an incredible journey". The Star. 26 March 2012. Archived from the original on 28 June 2013.
  18. ^ "Pretty Murni Draws The Crowds". Free Malaysia Today. 17 June 2011. Archived from the original on 25 August 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2013.