6 Steps for brewing
perfect HK Style Milk Tea (The following steps are the suggested and the
traditional one, and also depends on the tea master’s experience and the types
of tea leaves used).
Hong Kong-style milk tea
doesn’t focus on the tea tools but the brewing methods. Hong Kong people always
use the limited resources for brewing the most aromatic, rich and creamy milk
Brewing HK Style milk
tea is not that difficult, and only needs to follow several steps with
Ingredients: tea leaves,
water, evaporated milk, and sugar
filter tea bag (silk stocking), electric hotplate
Tea set: Milk Tea Cup
Mixing the loose tea leaves: brewing HK Style milk tea cannot rely on just one
type of tea. Instead the perfect cup of tea needs a balance of different
teas to formulate the perfect milk tea with the right colour and great aroma.
Among the different types of Ceylon loose tea leaves, BOP is the one for
bringing the aroma, while the BOPF brings the tea’s colour and Dust can bring
out both tea color and taste, and for strengthen the body. Mixing BOP, BOPF and
Dust thoroughly is the 1st step and then put the mixed tea into 1st tea pot.
Tea Brewing: Using the 2 teapots, one teapot is filled with boiling water,
while the other teapot is filled with tea leaves inside the filter tea bag(silk
stocking). Boiler water is to be poured through the tea leaves and pass
through the filter bag. The process can be done several times as needed.
The ideal water temperature is 96℃ when
pouring through the tea leaves.
“Baking/Stewing” Tea: After the brewing process, the teapot with the tea needs
to be covered with a lid and, “baked” for ten minutes (the length of time
depending on the tea masters’ experience and the types of tea leaves
used). This process is very important as the temperature will rise and
allow the tea flavour to be properly extracted from the tea leaves.
Pouring the tea: Once the tea has been reheated for about 10 minutes, open the
lid, pick the tea bag up, put it in a teapot which is on the electric plate and
pour the tea. For this, pouring the tea back and forth four or five times. The
purpose is to let the action of “pouring” bring the tea aroma out and let the
air enter into the tea, and make the taste even smoother.
tea: Finally we reheat the tea once more for 1-2 minutes to bring the tea back
to drinking temperature (time varies depending on tea and tea master’s
experience and the types of tea leaves used).
Adding the Evaporated Milk: Mix the perfect tea with the evaporated milk in a
cup and can add sugar before serving. The amount of evaporated milk will depend
on the tea master, and normally take around 1.5oz Filled Milk for a traditional
tea cup. For best result, serve with warmed evaporated milk in order to
maintain the milk tea temperature.