Got milk(tea)?

11 05 2008

What happens when you mix tea and evaporated milk, add gulaman crystals and chill the mixture with (lots!) of ice cubes? Why you’ll get a bitter-sweet-creamy-refreshing beverage called Nai Cha. Just a little bit of history:

Hong Kong-style milk tea originates from British colonial rule over Hong Kong. The British practice of afternoon tea, where black tea with milk and sugar is served, became popular in Hong Kong. “Milk tea” is similar to the type of tea drunk in Britain, except that evaporated milk or condensed milk is used instead of ordinary milk. It is called “milk tea” (nai cha) to distinguish it from Chinese “tea” (cha). (from WIkipedia.org)

The best Nai Cha that I tasted so far was from Chowking at 45 pesos for a large glass. Their’s always a great treat whichever Chowking branch I order. They have NEVER let my taste buds down. But hey I’m always on the hunt for the best tea or best milk tea for that matter. So if you think otherwise, I’m open to suggestions.