A Drink where East meets West

Oh no! I’m craving for Yuanyang again!


“Yuanyang” (coffee with milk tea), a drink that locals love to order at a cha chaan teng. The drink is on the list of intangible cultural heritages in Hong Kong as it is undoubtedly the best representative of the local culture, and you can only try it here in Hong Kong.

With local tea from the East and coffee from the West, the mixture shows you the creativity of the locals and how different cultures can be perfectly mixed and matched in Hong Kong. Just like a cup of milk tea, every cha chaan teng has their own secret recipe of a cup of perfect Yuanyang. What’s special about these recipes is that they usually have different formulas between mixing a cold and a hot Yuanyang.

If you don’t like your drink to be too sweet, certainly you can order it with “Siutim” (less sugar) and vice versa. You would definitely have fun in the process of searching for “your cup of Yuanyang”! In recent years, a new mixing method “Yang Zou” has been developed, and it is only available as a hot drink. What makes it so different from the traditional mixing of Yuanyang is the choice of milk. They replace the evaporated milk with condensed milk (which is sweet), so when you order “Yang Zou”, remember not to add sugar in it, otherwise it’ll taste terribly sweet!

Yuanyang (鴛鴦), with the mix of toasty coffee aroma and distinctive milk tea scent, is considered to be on of the most quintessential drinks in cha chaan tengs.

Well, Hong Kong is always a good mix of everything.


originally appeared on samthelocal