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Fancy a Cuppa?

Hong Kong is known for its milk tea that began due to its British colonial past, and with 900 million glasses consumed each year, it appears we all love a good cuppa. But with each outlet whipping up its own secret recipe, knowing where to find the crème de la crème of milky cha can be a challenge. Luckily for us, our friends over at Sam the Local have done the rounds to help you avid tea drinkers find the perfect cup.

Anita Chan & Maggie Lau

Contributed by: Anita Chan & Maggie Lau

 

Milk tea has become a part of the Hong Kong culture. People drink it with their breakfast. They have it with lunch. They have it during their afternoon tea break at 3:15pm and at dinner, too. Milk tea has become a staple drink that people drink during the summer and winter, with their choice of it sweetened or not, hot or cold.

The Hong Kong variety is most commonly made with a combination of black tea leaves. What makes a Hong Kong-style milk tea so special is that it has a very smooth texture and you can taste a depth in tea flavour. The milk tea is often referred to as pantyhose milk tea because the tea is poured through a sackcloth (generally a white bag with many small holes) several times, and eventually becomes dyed brown, and looks like a pantyhose. With time Hong Kong has innovated on the milk tea and there are both traditional and unique ones you can try.


Hot milk tea with evaporated milk

Hot milk tea with evaporated milk (奶茶) Hot milk tea with evaporated milk (奶茶) This is the most common method that milk tea is served. It is made with the combination of tea leaves, evaporated milk (shops mostly use the Black and White brand because it leads to smoother milk tea), and then you can add your own sugar. In some cases, the sugar is already added for you.
Perfect for: those who like their drinks hot and not too sweet.
Where can you find this:
Australia Dairy Company, 澳洲牛奶公司, 47-49 Parkes St., Jordan, T: 2730 1356


Hot milk tea with condensed milk

Hot milk tea with condensed milk (茶走) Hot milk tea with condensed milk (茶走) This variety has the tea, but the evaporated milk and sugar is taken away, and replaced with condensed milk, giving it both the creamy milk flavour and sweetness. In the picture, you can see the condensed milk at the bottom of the cup. Don’t forget to mix!
Perfect for: those who enjoy hot drinks, and want it pre-sweetened with a smoother texture.
Where can you find this:
For Kee Restaurant, 科記咖啡餐室 200 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan, T: 2546 8947


Cold milk tea in a cup

Cold milk tea in a cup (凍奶茶) Cold milk tea in a cup (凍奶茶) As an alternative to the hot milk tea, you can get it cold. You may request to have less ice and/or less sugar in it.
Perfect for: those who want a cold cup of this Hong Kong favourite.
Where can you find this: Capital Café, 華星冰室 Shop B1, G/F, Kwong Sang Hong Building, 6 Heard Street, Wan Chai, T: 2666 7666


Cold milk tea in a bottle

Cold milk tea in a bottle (凍奶茶) Cold milk tea in a bottle (凍奶茶) Traditionally, when ice was less accessible, the milk tea was poured into bottles, such as Coca-Cola bottles, and then placed in the refrigerator. Here you see the milk tea is in a soda bottle.
Perfect for: those who want a unique spin to their milk tea and a taste of the old days.
Where can you find this: Shui Kee, 瑞記咖啡 Shop 17, 2/F, Sheung Wan Municipal Services Building, Sheung Wan, T: 2850 8643


Cold milk tea in a bowl of ice

Cold milk tea in a bowl of ice (冰鎮奶茶), Source: mochachocolatarita.blogspot.hk Cold milk tea in a bowl of ice (冰鎮奶茶),
Source: mochachocolatarita.blogspot.hk There are some places that really took into consideration that people may not want their cold milk tea to be diluted by the ice tea cubes. In this case, they take the cup or bottle and put it in a bowl of ice to keep the milk tea cold.
Perfect for: those who want milk tea, but don’t want watered down.
Where can you find this: Tai Hing, 太興 – This is a chain with many No. 75, G/F, NMP, 14 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, T: 2722 0701


Have fun trying the different milk teas and let us know which is your favourite!

Here is a summary so you can track them down:

Hot milk tea with evaporated milk / Hot milk tea with condensed milk / Cold milk tea
They are common varieties found in many local cafes (cha chaan tengs) and if one of the three options are available, they would definitely have all 3.

Australia Dairy Company, 澳洲牛奶公司, 47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan, T: 2730 13569

For Kee Restaurant, 科記咖啡餐室, 200 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, T: 2546 8947

Capital Café, 華星冰室, Shop B1, G/F, Kwong Sang Hong Building, 6 Heard Street, Wan Chai, T: 2666 7666

Cold milk tea in a bottle
Shui Kee, 瑞記咖啡, Shop 17, 2/F, Sheung Wan Municipal Services Building, Sheung Wan, T: 2850 8643

Cold milk tea in a bowl of ice Tai Hing, 太興
This is a chain with many branches.
No. 75, G/F, NMP, 14 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, T: 2722 0701

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