Milo Dinosaur

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Milo Dinosaur
Cup of Milo Dinosaur June 29, 2013.jpg
Type Cold chocolate beverage
Flavour Sweet chocolate beverage
  • Milo
  • Milo powder (undissolved)
  • Ice

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

Also known as "milo-godzilla" and "ta-chiu",[2] The drink is made by adding a generous amount of undissolved Milo powder to a cup of iced Milo.[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 Mamak stalls,[7] Milo Dinosaur can be accompanied with roti prata.[8][9] The beverage is considered to be inexpensive in Singapore; As of 2013 its pricing ranges from S$3[10] to S$3.50.[11] The name of the beverage is one of the terms to be guessed in the Singaporean version of the popular board game, Taboo.[12] Milo Dinosaur inspired the creation of "Godzilla Milo", a cupcake sold at a Singapore-based pastry store.[13] According to one Taiwan-based beverage store offering the drink, it is a "super popular" crowd-pleaser for the younger generation.[14] Milo Dinosaur is also prominent in Malaysia, and in fact, originated from Malaysian Indian food stalls .[15][16]


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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. 
  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 (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. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Card game plays on S'poreans' favourite expressions". AsiaOne. 8 November 2011. 
  13. ^ Yeoh, Wee Teck (10 August 2012). "Continue celebrating National Day at restaurants and hotels". AsiaOne. 
  14. ^ Chien, Leanne (17 March 2011). "The Ultra-popular Beverages in Singapore – Milo Dinosaur and OREO Smoothie". TraNews. Taiwan. 
  15. ^ "Nestle charting an incredible journey". The Star. 26 March 2012. [permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Pretty Murni Draws The Crowds". Free Malaysia Today. 17 June 2011. Archived from the original on 25 August 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
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