Yuenyeung is a mix of tea, coffee, and condensed milk. Condensed milk is added to make it thicker and sweeter. But still, it tastes rather bitter, without excessive sweetness. It can be described as a coffee drink that has both the silky milk texture, tea softness, and the rich taste of coffee.
This drink comes from Hong Kong. Nearly 2.5 million cups of this drink are drunk every year there. It is served in the majority of traditional tea houses and canteens.
The drink appeared in 1952 and was originally made for drivers and workers to stay awake.
The drink got its name due to the balance of flavors. Yuenyeung is the name given to mandarin ducks, which are a symbol of conjugal love in Chinese culture. These make and female birds look different and always appear in pairs. The name of this contrast pair is also used for tea and coffee drink.
You can brew it at home. You will need black tea, coffee, water, condensed milk and ice if desired. We recommend using a 2:1 ratio of condensed milk tea to coffee.
- Boil 1 tablespoon of black tea leaves in 150 ml of water.
- Steep the mixture for about 3 minutes.
- Add about 200 ml of condensed milk for every tablespoon of tea leaves used in the brew.
- Brew the infusion over low heat for 3 more minutes and add coffee to the mixture.
- Strain and serve hot or with ice.