Milo Dinosaur

Milo Dinosaur
Type Cold chocolate beverage
Flavour Sweet chocolate drink

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

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]


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  2. Luo, Serene (8 August 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 (18 November 2009). "Singapore's 5 best breakfast sets". CNN.
  4. Travel Singapore: Illustrated Travel Guide, Phrasebook, and Maps. MobileReference. 2007. pp. 332–. ISBN 9781605010151.
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  6. Leo, Francis (2012). Migration and Diversity in Asian Contexts. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. pp. 218–. ISBN 9789814380478.
  7. Chen, Jingwen (2 March 2012). "Tea and coffee worth the long wait at award-winning Mr Teh Tarik". AsiaOne.
  8. "Prata charms locals and foreigners alike". AsiaOne. 13 August 2011.
  9. "Expat kids give top votes to local book". AsiaOne. 27 March 2010.
  10. Sim, Walter (22 December 2012). "Under $7 eats at Orchard Road". AsiaOne.
  11. "Cold Milo Dinosaur". Casuarina Curry. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  12. Ho, Lian-yi (12 October 2009). "50 reasons S'pore is No.1". AsiaOne.
  13. "Card game plays on S'poreans' favourite expressions". AsiaOne. 8 November 2011.
  14. Yeoh, Wee Teck (10 August 2012). "Continue celebrating National Day at restaurants and hotels". AsiaOne.
  15. Chien, Leanne (17 March 2011). "The Ultra-popular Beverages in Singapore – Milo Dinosaur and OREO Smoothie". TraNews. Taiwan.
  16. "Nestle charting an incredible journey". The Star. 26 March 2012.
  17. "Pretty Murni Draws The Crowds". Free Malaysia Today. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
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