Milk tea refers to several forms of beverage found in many cultures, containing some combination of tea and milk. Beverages vary based on the amount of each of these key ingredients, the method of preparation, and the inclusion of other ingredients (varying from sugar or honey to salt or cardamom). Instant milk tea powder is a mass-produced product.
Local variations include:
- Bubble tea, also known as pearl milk tea or boba milk tea, a Taiwanese tea-based drink invented in Taichung in the 1980s
- Cambric tea, a sweetened hot-milk beverage, often made with a small amount of tea
- Hong Kong-style milk tea, black tea sweetened with evaporated milk originating from the days of British colonial rule in Hong Kong
- Doodh pati chai, literally 'milk and tea leaves', a tea beverage drunk in Nepal, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh
- Teh tarik, a kind of milk tea popular in Malaysia and Singapore
- Suutei tsai, a salty Mongolian milk tea
- Shahi haleeb, a Yemeni milk tea served after chewing qat
- Masala chai, also known as masala tea, is a spiced milk tea drunk in the Indian subcontinent
- Irani chai, a type of milk tea made with pure milk mixed with mawa, prepared in Iranian-style cafes in Hyderabad, India
- Thai tea, a sweet tea-based drink popular in Southeast Asia
- Royal milk tea, a Japanese preparation that involves decocting tea in milk
In Britain, when hot tea and cold milk are drunk together, the drink is known as tea with milk, and the expression milk tea is not used.
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