Authentic and Delicious Hong Kong Style Milk Tea Recipe

July 25, 2014 – 04:24 pm

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Hong Kong style milk tea is one of my favourite types of tea. A good cup of milk tea should be strongly brewed and well balanced with creaminess that isn’t too rich, and sweetness that doesn’t overpower. It should also feel and taste smooth, silky, and light in weight. The secret to making the best milk tea lies in the blend and ratio of different types of black tea. Ceylon tea is a common component. Every establishment guards its recipe. Luckily, it’s not difficult to make authentic milk tea at home. I’ve shared three recipes below. The recipes differ in authenticity, in the amount of work involved, and in the types of equipment required. I made this for my parents the day after they got back from a trip to Hong Kong and they said that it tasted just like the milk tea they had there. My uncle, who travels to Hong Kong 3 times every year, was surprised by how good it was too.

IMG_2914Notes About the Recipes to Follow:

  • The best brand of evaporated milk to use is Black & White, a product from Holland. This will make a huge difference to your Hong Kong style milk tea. If you can find it in your local Asian grocery store, it’s worth the extra cost.
  • Some people say that if you add one egg’s shell to the tea leaves in the strainer, you will cut the acidity and bitterness of the tea. I have not yet tried this, as I’ve not felt the need to. Let me know if it works for you.
  • Recipe #1: This recipe uses the most authentic method. Although it is very easy to make, it requires the most effort and you need to be careful not to burn yourself with the hot water. To use this recipe, you will need a cotton tea strainer and metal ring with handle.
  • Recipe #2: This is my favourite recipe, because it requires much less effort than Recipe #1 and makes milk tea that is practically just as good. To use this recipe, you will need a percolator.
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Source: cookingwithalison.com

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