REVIEW Hong Kong Milk Tea... from McDonald's!
What is Hong Kong Milk Tea? 港式奶茶
Milk Tea is as “Hong Kong” as noodles and dim sum. This popular beverage is drank and enjoyed throughout the day and night, and Hong Kong residents drink over 900 million cups of Hong Kong Milk Tea every year! Like the culture of the city itself, Hong Kong Milk Tea evolved as a fusion between traditional Chinese culture and its British colonial influence.
Traditionally, Hong Kong Milk Tea is served at the city’s traditional tea houses and 24-hour diners, served in small ceramic cups of strong Ceylon tea and evaporated milk. The drink is almost always served hot and unsweetened, but customers can add sugar to taste. The key criteria to high-quality Hong Kong Milk Tea is its smoothness; real traditional milk tea should be smooth, rich, and creamy.
When I first moved to Asia over six years ago, I made a promise to myself not to eat any American fast food for the year. After I extended my contract and decided to move to Bangkok permanently, I relaxed my rule a little bit. Even though I eat it rarely, if ever, I have to admit that I actually really like fast food.
Now, when I travel to a new country, I sometimes make a compromise. Every country has some very unique menu items that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Whenever I’m in a new country, I like to see what the local McDonald’s restaurants have to offer.
I really love tea, so how could I pass up the chance to sample and review a cup of Hong Kong Milk Tea from McDonald’s?? I found this while waiting for my flight at the Hong Kong Airport, however it’s available at all McDonald’s throughout the city.
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McDonald’s Hong Kong Local Milk Tea
A cup of local milk tea from a McDonald’s in Hong Kong costs $16 HKD (small) or $17.50 HKD (large).
I may not be an expert, but I do drink a lot of milk tea. In my opinion, the local milk tea served at McDonald’s is really very good!
The local milk tea is made with the traditional 100% black Ceylon tea and unsweetened milk. I always add a little bit of sugar to my milk tea, but that’s just my personal preference. The milk tea at McDonald’s may be a little less creamy than you might find at a more local tea shop, but it’s still rich and very tasty.
Especially on a rainy morning, or late at night, this tea really does the trick. Highly recommended!