Hong Kong milk tea recipe

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Hong Kong milk tea recipe

Hong Kong citizens under the colonial rule of Britain took a lot of English traditions by heart and assimilated it into their own culture. One of such traditions is taking afternoon English tea with milk. By replacing fresh milk with condensed one and using large tea socks that resemble pantyhose for brewing they created a unique blend of traditional and modern tea taste which is now called Hong Kong milk tea.

Nowadays, Hong Kong milk tea won a worldwide popularity for its richness of taste and flavor one has to experience at least once in a lifetime. The secret traditions of making authentic Hong Kong milk tea are closely guarded but here we can give you a few useful tips on how to make it the right way.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 151 kcal


  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 tea bags
  • 4 teaspoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 teaspoons honey
  • 5 ice cubes


  1. Steep the tea bags in hot water until the color turns dark red, from 3 to 5 minutes. Take out the tea bags and let the tea cool.

  2. Put ingredients into the bowl. Add tea and shake it well. (If the tea is still warm, the ice may melt; add more ice if desired.) 

Recipe Notes

There might be some variations to the recipe as use of condensed milk vs. evaporated. Playing with green and black teas as well as how strong it is also brings new flavor variations.

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