Milk tea refers to any form 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).
Local variations include:
- Bubble tea, also known as "pearl milk tea" or "boba milk tea", is a Taiwanese tea-based drink invented in Taichung in the 1980s.
- 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 tea', also known as "pakki chai", is a tea beverage drunk in 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.