Hong Kong: Hong Kong-style Milk Tea

Every morning, either my mom or dad makes tea and put in my tumbler, for me to take to work. The type of tea I get feels like a surprise, because I have no idea what tea it is until I open it, and usually have to figure out what tea it is by taste. So, I’m all beams when I open my tumbler and discover that my drink is of tan color, because it’s my favorite hot drink, the HK-style milk tea! It’s very common for families from HK to have milk tea in the mornings. It’s even more special when your mother or father prepares it for you!

Yesterday, I picked up a clear glass cup from Crate & Barrel so I can take photos of beverages that aren’t sold in clear containers. I put that to good use for today’s drink! I poured it out of my tumbler just for this blog! ;D

hk-style milk tea

Hong Kong-style milk tea originated from British colonial rule over Hong Kong. The British practice of afternoon tea, where black tea is served with milk and sugar, grew popular in Hong Kong. Milk tea is similar, except with evaporated or condensed milk instead of ordinary milk. It is called “milk tea” (Chinese: 奶茶, Cantonese: “naai cha”) to distinguish it from “Chinese tea” (Chinese: 茶, Cantonese: “cha”), which is served plain. Outside of Hong Kong it is referred to as Hong Kong-style milk tea. (Wikipedia)


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    1. My dad said, “it’s 2 teabags (大排檔), couple of sugar and evap milk. that’s all.” For my 12oz tumbler. Wow, I didn’t know it was 2 teabags!!! So that’s how he made the milk tea strong with teabags.

      1. Got it! What brand of tea does he use (is that the name in Chinese)?

        My mom buys a brand called Uncle Mo, and it’s suppperr yummy. It comes in powder form. Check it out!

        Coffee doesn’t give MG the kick he needs but milk tea changes him. MG on milk tea has no filter. Hahaha! Maybe for the next LAN ;)

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