Hong Kong milk tea originated from British colonial rule over Hong Kong, it is a feature in British’s Afternoon Tea made from black tea mixed with sugar or milk. In the culinary culture, milk tea is an unreplaceable part of the lunch and a favorite beverage in Hong Kong. The key feature of this milk tea is that a sackcloth bag is used to filter the tea leaves. With the stocking-like filter, people also know Hong Kong milk tea as the nickname of “pantyhose” or “silk stocking”. In 2002, it ranked 4th out of 100 Hong Kong’s most popular dishes.
Following are four kinds of Hong Kong milk tea that tourists should not miss:
Traditional milk tea
The sweetness of milk blending well with tea flavor makes the traditional milk tea tastier than the powdered milk tea that young people often drink. Black tea is soaked in filter bags, tea color combined with condensed milk makes it palatable for most of the ages, even the old. However, for those who are weak or who are not used to drinking, they are easy to get drunk.
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Yuan Yang Milk Tea
The combination of milk tea and coffees made of Yuan Yang milk tea became the typical drink of Hongkongers.
To have a glass of Yuan Yang milk tea, you just need to mix milk tea and coffee in the ratio of 1:1, then add milk cream if you like fatty. However, to give milk tea a distinctive flavor, each store has one secret to make their milk tea. If you feel asleep, take a cup of Yinyang milk tea, its sweetness of the condensed milk with the fragrant aroma of coffee will help you awake immediately.
Nowadays, you can buy this milk tea wherever you are from convenience stores, auto vending machines to restaurants, especially in dim sum stores. This is the ideal drink for you to start a new day when traveling to Hong Kong.
Hot Milk Tea
Natives like to drink hot milk tea than iced milk tea because adding ice will dilute and lose its original taste. By way of habit, Hongkongers’ breakfast includes a cup of hot tea like a cup of cappuccino together with sunny-side-up eggs or bread. When drinking, people use a spoon to stir and then add pearl grain into the milk tea instead of using large straws, which makes visitors very interested. The best choice for tasting this drink is on rainy days or in the winter.
Cold Milk Tea Without Ice
In the summer, cold milk tea is preferred over hot milk tea. Therefore, when factory for producing ice cubes was not popular, milk tea is often put into glass bottles and cooled serve the habit of drinking milk tea without ice of the natives. One of the milk tea variations that tourists to Hong Kong actually check-in is called “Ice bath milk tea”. Instead of putting milk tea in the refrigeration compartment or adding some ice cubes, people cool it in an ice-cube bowl, drinkers just wait for it to be cold and drink.
Some suggestions for the best milk tea in Hong Kong:
Address: Golden Court, 1A-1C Lau Sin St, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 11:30 AM– 11:00 PM (Mon-Sun)
2. KOI Thé
Address: Hung-Tat Building, 55 Dundas St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 1:00PM-11: 00 PM (Mon-Sun)
Phone: +852 2385 8518
3. Lan Fong Yuen Milk tea
Address: 號地鋪, 2 Gage St, Central, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 7:30 AM– 6:00 PM (Mon-Sun)
Phone: +852 2544 3895