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Recipe: Milk Tea

I recently went on a trip to China with my father over spring break. Its impossible to take a trip there without going to a tea house, and I bought quite a bit of tea. (Unfortunately milk tea requires black tea, which I did not purchase at the time, but any old black tea you find at the grocery store should work just fine.) With all of that tea, I received a “Tea Preparation” pamphlet, which, although badly translated into English, had quite a bit of useful information on it. Included was a recipe for milk tea, which I’d like to share with all of you.

(Note before you begin: Unflavored black tea will work best, such as English or Irish Breakfast. The stronger the black tea the better. You can also use evaporated milk and then add sugar to taste at Step 8. If using condensed milk, the sweetness of the tea will vary based on the brand.)

 


Ingredients:
4 cups of water
4 tablespoons of black tealeaves (6 teabags cut open work just fine)
14oz of sweetened condensed milk

You will also need a pot,  a wooden spoon, and a tea strainer (or a coffee filter). Makes about 4 cups of tea.

 


Step 1: Add loose tea and water to pot, put on medium heat.


Step 2: Bring to a low boil.


Step 3: Bring heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes.


Step 4: Spoon in condensed milk and stir. Bring back to medium heat, stirring to make sure the condensed milk dissolves properly.


Step 5: Bring to a low boil.


Step 6: Bring to low heat and simmer for 3 minutes again.


Step 7: Add tea strainer to your teacup.


Step 8: Pour in tea.


Step 9: Enjoy your milk tea! (With your favorite tea cookies!)

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