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Iced yuenyeung at a cha chaan teng in Hong Kong (2007)
Place of originHong Kong[1][2]
Serving temperatureHot or iced
Main ingredientsBrewed coffee, Hong Kong-style milk tea (black tea, evaporated or condensed milk), sugar
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese鸳鸯
Hanyu PinyinYuānyāng
Cantonese YaleYūnyēung

Yuenyeung (Chinese: 鴛鴦, often transliterated according to the Cantonese language pronunciation yuenyeung,[3] yinyeung, or yinyong[4]), yuanyang (in Mandarin), coffee with tea is a popular beverage in Hong Kong.

The drink is made from a mixture between coffee and tea. According of Hong Kong's Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the mixture is three parts coffee and seven parts Hong Kong-style milk tea, it can be served hot or cold.[5] However, the way in which it is made can vary from vendor and region.

It was originally served at dai pai dongs (open air food vendors) and cha chaan tengs (café), but is now available in various types of restaurants.[6][7]


The name yuenyeung, which refers to mandarin ducks (yuanyang), is a symbol of conjugal love in Chinese culture, as the birds usually appear in pairs and the male and female look very different.[8] This same connotation of a "pair" of two unlike items is used to name this drink.[5]


A Hong Kong dai pai dong-style restaurant called Lan Fong Yuen (蘭芳園)[9] claims both yuenyeung and silk-stocking milk tea were invented in 1952[10] by its owner, a Mr. Lam. Its claim for the former is unverified, but that for the latter is on the record in the official minutes of a LegCo council meeting plausibility.


During the summer of 2010, Starbucks stores in Hong Kong and Macau promoted a frappuccino version of the drink.[11] It was sold as the "Yuen Yeung Frappuccino Blended Cream".[12]

Children's yuenyeung[edit]

There is a caffeine-free variant of yuenyueng, called children's yuenyeung (兒童鴛鴦). It is made of Horlicks and Ovaltine, both of which are common in cha chaan tengs in Hong Kong.[13]


  1. ^ "Yuenyeung Coffee with Tea". The University of Hong Kong. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  2. ^ Tam, Arthur (12 August 2019). "Coffee or tea? Order a yuen yeung – the off-menu, half-half hybrid served at cafes across Hong Kong". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  3. ^ Richard R. Wertz: Cultural Heritage of China - Food & Drink - Tea - Tea Cultures
  4. ^ Sparklette Food & Travel Blog: Hong Kong Kim Gary Restaurant - Toast of Hong Kong. April 17, 2007
  5. ^ a b ""Yuanyang" exhibition showcases the contemporary ceramic art" (Press release). HKSAR Leisure and Cultural Services Department. 2003-02-11. Archived from the original on 2007-02-24. Retrieved 2007-01-12.
  6. ^ "What is Yuen Yeung, Coffee & Milk Tea?". Coffeelnformer. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Cha Chaan Teng: Our Hong Kong–Style Tea Restaurant". City University of Hong Kong. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  8. ^ "教育部國語辭典:鴛鴦". Ministry of Education, Taiwan. Archived from the original on 2005-05-01. Retrieved 2007-01-14.
  9. ^ "Lan Fong Yuen (Central)". OpenRice Hong Kong.
  10. ^ "Brand Story_LAN Fong Yuen milk tea". www.hklanfongyuen.com.
  11. ^ Michael Taylor (8 October 2010). "Starbucks Takes on Hong Kong Tastes (Part 2)". accidentaltravelwriter.net. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  12. ^ Starbucks Hong Kong: "Escape This Summer With a Taste of Home" September 16, 2010
  13. ^ Lew, Josh. "Coffee or tea? With this drink, you get both". mnn.com. Narrative Content Group. Retrieved 24 August 2019.

External links[edit]

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