Hong Kong Milk Tea (港式奶茶) – Carmy

February 28, 2022


Made with minimum ingredients, this Hong Kong Milk Tea (港式奶茶) comes together quickly and easily and tastes just like the ones you find at a Hong Kong cafe or diner (茶餐廳). Perfect hot or iced, this milk tea is a deliciously strong drink to kick start your morning.

Another classic drink served at HK cafes, this Hong Kong style milk tea is a strong, creamy, and flavourful drink that can be served with any meal. While there are instant powdered versions of HK milk tea, I prefer this homemade version as it takes next to no time to make and you can adjust how strong or sweet you’d like it.

A mug of hong kong milk tea.

As I explained in my Hong Kong Iced Tea post, a 茶餐廳 or a cha chaan teng is a type of restaurant commonly found in Hong Kong, Macau, and parts of Guangdong. In English, it translates to pretty much Hong Kong Style Cafes. In a way, they were like the OG fast food as the food was viewed as “cheap western food.” This HK milk tea, along with the HK lemon tea is a staple and I always see it on the menu as an add-on or part of a combo.

Another name for this drink is “pantyhose” or “silk stocking” milk tea as a sackcloth bag is used to filter the tea leaves, making it look like a silk stocking. It’s said that this method of making milk tea produces a drink that’s silkier and smoother. However, I’m going with what I have on hand and am using tea bags or a regular tea strainer.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Ingredients needed to make hong kong milk tea.
  • black tea — I’m not too picky about my black tea. I usually use a breakfast blend or orange pekoe. To be honest with you, due to how much tea is needed for this HK milk tea, I don’t break out the $$$ stuff. It can add up, especially with expensive teas. HK milk tea requires a LOT of tea as it’s traditionally a strong drink.
  • sweetened condensed milk — this is what gives it that sweet creamy taste.

How to Make Hong Kong Milk Tea





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