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Hong Kong Style Milk Tea


20 min

Hong Kong Style Milk Tea

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Drinks Tea


20 min


6 persons




5.00 rating-star (2)

Author: Monica Feluchi

Hong Kong style milk tea will fill your tea time with pleasurable moments and unforgettable tastes. It is traditional Chinese tea that can often be found at local cafes, but the truth is that you can make this delicious drink without leaving the comfort of your home. The delicate combination of black tea and evaporated milk create an unforgettable mix that will hardly leave you and your family indifferent as such a mixture of flavors is ideal for every tea lover. Hong Kong-style milk tea is the best choice for everyone who’s passionate about the inherent Chinese traditions of serving tea and enjoying the delicacy of this beverage.


  • black tea: 3 Tbsp (leaves)
  • milk: 0.25 cup (evaporated)
  • sugar: 1 tsp (optional, to your taste)
  • Hot boiling water: 1 litre

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Stages of cooking

  1. Start with brewing tea.  Pour 1 liter of hot boiling water into a pot. Add 3-4 tablespoons of  black tea leaves. Choose the amount of spoons, depending upon how strong you would like your tea to be. Bring it down to a simmer for about 4-6 minutes. 

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  2. Strain the tea leaves to get black tea.

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  3. Fill about 1/3 of each cup with evaporated milk. It is recommended to use 2 parts of tea and 1 part of milk, but you can adjust the amount to your taste. 

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  4. Pour the tea into the cups.

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  5. Add sugar to your taste. Stir the milk tea well.  Serve hot or cool. Enjoy!

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History of the Hong Kong Style Milk Tea

Hong Kong style milk tea, also known as "pantyhose tea," originated in Hong Kong during the 1950s. It is a fusion of Chinese tea culture and British colonial influence. Chinese tea leaves are blended with evaporated milk to create a rich and creamy taste. The name "pantyhose tea" comes from the method of straining the tea through a fine mesh strainer, similar to the material used for pantyhose.

Tips and Tricks for Hong Kong Style Milk Tea Recipe

To make the perfect cup of Hong Kong style milk tea, it is essential to follow a few tips and tricks:

  1. Choose the right tea - Use a strong black tea such as Ceylon, Assam or Darjeeling for the best results.

  2. Brew the tea properly - Boil water and add tea leaves. Let them steep for a few minutes before straining. Don't steep for too long, or the tea will turn bitter.

  3. Use evaporated milk - Evaporated milk is essential to create the signature creamy texture of Hong Kong style milk tea. Don't substitute it with regular milk.

  4. Add sugar to taste - Hong Kong style milk tea is usually sweetened, but the amount can be adjusted to your preference.

Tips for presenting the dish

To create a traditional Hong Kong style milk tea presentation, use small tea cups and saucers. Serve the tea hot and steaming, with a few small snacks such as buttered toast or egg tarts. Garnish with mint leaves or sliced fruit for an extra touch of elegance. Enjoy sipping the rich and creamy blend that has become a beloved staple of Hong Kong's tea culture.

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