What is Milk Tea?
The term milk tea refers to any number of beverages prepared around the world that contain some ratio of tea and milk. Ranging from a dash of milk in a cup of black tea to bubble tea, Thai tea, salty tea, and masala chai, combining milk and tea is a tradition that extends around the globe. The specific variety of milk tea depends on how one prepares the tea, how much milk is added, and what other ingredients are included. Perhaps the most popular place for milk tea is Britain, where it is referred to as tea with milk.
How to Make Milk Tea?
As mentioned above, there are quite a few varieties of milk tea, including Thai milk tea, bubble milk tea, and masala chai, among others. Importantly, each has a slightly different method of preparation.
- Add one cup of water to a pot and bring it to a boil.
- Add tea leaves, and steep for 5 minutes.
- Gradually add milk and stir gently on low heat.
- Strain the tea and add sugar or honey to taste.
(Note: Avoid milk temperature to go above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.)
Thai Milk Tea
- Add two tablespoons of loose leaf black tea, 2 cardamom pods, 1/2 a cinnamon stick, 1/2 tablespoon of sugar and one piece of star anise into boiling water.
- Allow steeping for 5 minutes.
- Blend in 1/2 tablespoon of condensed milk.
- Stir until the brew is thoroughly mixed.
Hong Kong Milk Tea
- Add 1 cup of water, 1 eggshell, and 3 teaspoons of loose leaf tea to a pot.
- Bring to a boil and heat for about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat, add 1/3 of a cup of evaporated milk to a teacup, then bring the tea back to a boil.
- Strain the tea into the teacup and add sugar to taste.
Bubble Milk Tea
- Add 2 cups of water and 1/4 cup of dried boba tapioca pearls to a pot.
- Bring the water to a boil, then reduce to medium heat and continue heating for 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let the pearls cool for 15 minutes.
- Mix 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of sugar to make a basic sugar syrup.
- Brew a strong cup of tea with two teabags and then allow it to cool.
- Add the sugar syrup to the dried boba pearls and stir.
- Pour the cool tea into a large glass and then add the boba pearls.
Turmeric Milk Tea
- Combine 1 cinnamon stick, 1 cup of non-dairy milk, 1 piece of turmeric, 1/2 inch piece of ginger, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of honey, and 10 peppercorns to a pan.
- Heat until a low boil is achieved, then simmer and allow the combination to reduce.
- After 10-15 minutes, strain the mixture into cups and sprinkle a bit of ground cinnamon on top.
- Grind cloves, cinnamon, and cardamom pods with a mortar and pestle.
- Add a cup of water, ginger, and pepper in a saucepan.
- Blend in the crushed spices.
- Bring the entire combination to a low boil, then remove from heat.
- Allow it to cool for 3-5 minutes, then add sugar and 1/2 cup of condensed milk.
Milk Tea Health Benefits
Many forms of tea contain antioxidants and polyphenolic compounds that can reduce the effects of free radicals and prevent premature aging. This can help reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and other blemishes or scars on the skin.
Milk tea is well known to be a relaxing beverage, particularly if you brew it with a non-caffeinated tea. This can release endorphins and re-balance your stress hormone levels, which will reduce inflammation of all kinds throughout the body.
Tea of all kinds is known to kickstart the metabolism, which can aid in weight loss efforts. The best approach is to pass on adding extra sugar to milk tea, as this will help cut down the calorie count of the beverage.
Treats Chronic Diseases
As mentioned, there are catechins and other antioxidants in tea that can help prevent chronic diseases and the negative effects of oxidative stress.
Builds Bone Strength
Adding milk to tea will help boost your overall mineral intake, which will lower your risk of developing osteoporosis as you age.