In Hong Kong, you don’t have to choose between the world’s two most popular beverages. Yuenyeung, or coffee milk tea, gives you the best of both worlds. The drink is a hallmark of cha chaan teng, Hong Kong-style diners that emerged around the 1950s. Serving affordable hybridized Canto-Western dishes and beverages, these establishments became an emblem of the unique cultural confluence that characterizes this former British colony.
In Cantonese, yuenyeung also refers to mandarin ducks. The birds, which are believed to mate for life, are a symbol of conjugal union in traditional Chinese culture and are an apt namesake for the harmoniously blended drink that will certainly amp up your mornings.
- 3 Tbsp. loose black tea leaves (such as Ceylon, orange pekoe, pu-erh, or a combination), or 6 tea bags with strings removed
- ¾ cup evaporated milk
- 2 Tbsp. (1¼ oz.) sweetened condensed milk
- 2 cup hot black coffee