The Anatomy of Milk Tea

Milk tea •  An aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over  cured leaves of the tea plant with the addition of a small amount of milk. Flavors would vary just like ice cream flavors. Milk tea is prepared in various ways and the ones I’ve tried so far are:


Bubble teas
Also known as pearl milk tea or boba milk tea, is a Taiwanese tea-based drink invented in tea shops in Taichung, Taiwan. Most bubble tea recipes contain a tea base mixed with a variety of flavors and added with milk. Some contain fruit or syrup, resulting in a slushy consistency. The bubble in this milk tea is found at the bottom are chewy tapioca balls and the main reason why the straw is a bit on the obese side. There are some milk tea preparations that contain froth which I very much appreciate. The only way to keep it cold is to put some ice on it which I find very bothersome when I get really thirsty and there are some milk tea stalls that put more ice than the actual mixture.


Teh tarik Tea (literally “pulled tea“) has a cooling, slightly bitter yet very sweet and astringent flavor that many people enjoy (myself included). It is a hot Indian milk tea beverage which can be commonly found in restaurants, outdoor stalls and kopi houses.  Its name is derived from the pouring process of “pulling” the drink during preparation. By pulling it would be pouring the mixture back and forth with two glasses at a height which gives that bubbly semi-frothy top. It is made from black tea, condensed milk and evaporated milk.

The milk tea craze has finally caught up here in Iligan, might as well try them all!  From this day on I will be going around different milk tea stalls and make reviews about the place, product and their service to share to the world wide web specifically for the milk teaholics to read. Just leave me a comment or a message If you want me to review a particular place of interest.  

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