Sunday, September 2, 2012

Milk Tea Basics

It's noticeable that many milk tea shops are opening in the city. Some of you may have heard about these shops but never tried to visit one and some of you probably have tasted out their beverages.

I have come across quite a number of people who requested me to do a milk tea review. The requests taught me that not everyone like the drink. Do you?

I love milk but I don't like teas. However, if you put the two together, I get obsessed with the taste. For some, teas will forever taste best when consumed as is, others think the same way for milk. Many drinkers want to argue on that matter but that's not what we're here for. We want to celebrate the good taste of the two when combined.

This post will be all about milk teas- it's main ingredients, the mixes & blends, and the possible reasons why some people dislike it (I'll use my charm in blogging to convert those who dislike milk teas into milk tea addicts).

A Milk Tea is simply milk mixed with tea. What's so special about it? It tastes good. Is it healthy? It's not proven yet but I've recently skimmed a write-up that said you get reduced health benefits of tea in milk teas compared to drinking it alone.

Evaluating milk teas is a very tricky task. There are many factors to consider. Here are more basics you should know so you'll order your next drink like a pro, moreover, order the blend that suits you.

These are things you chew from your drink. They add flavor and fun. Your choices include tapioca pearls, pudding, basil, jelly, and Aloe Vera. Some people buy milk teas for the sole reason of the fun they get from fishing add-ons using the straw.

You can choose your own level of sweetness for your milk tea. Your option starts from 0% sugar for diabetics to 110% sugar for sugar addicts.

Ice or Shake?
When your preferred taste is ready, decide the kind of blend/serving you want it to look. Go for Ice if you simply want to drink it like that of water Go for shake if you want it shaked.

Everything above shows why you shouldn't judge Milk Teas in the first taste. The preferences you had with your first drink that gave you a bad impression of it may be the last mix you would resort to. Who knows? Give it a second chance. However there are just some who plainly dislike the taste of the drink and / or could be lactose intolerant.

Friendly Tips
  • Shake your milk tea before poking the straw through the plastic cover. Funny but true, I keep on seeing first-time milk tea drinkers placing the straw in the container and use it for stirring. It can be done that way but it's difficult to equally mix the syrups and sinkers inside.
  • Drink your beverage right away. Letting it thaw for a couple of minutes will make it lose its original taste (This could be another reason why some people dislike the drink. While they take time convincing themselves to taste it, the flavor changes).
  • Lastly, the most important tip of all, Enjoy! Sip the milk tea and chew the add ons with an open mind. Understand why many people drink it again and again. This is to help you realize the good thing about it :)

I hope all of you like this post. This is the very first time I used a text banner, personally made by me to head a post. Also, this is the first time that I posted online, a drawing made by myself. You can expect that I'll be writing about milk tea shops next week. Note that I have published articles of some of the milk tea in Cebu City pior to this post. Keep posted, Crafters!


  1. Milk tea shops with the fun of moderating your blends have become like Kublai Khan's beverage counterpart, don't you think? :D

    Nice post! Informative and entertaining! And i likey the cute drawing too! U got skills! :)

    Babe for Food - your BFF in Cebu dining! :)

  2. nice post. :D
    personally, though, i prefer fruit teas. (:

  3. milk tea!!!! i love tea but haven't tried milk tea though due to some feedback on it! anyway, hope to try this milk thing and ive tried some teas too!! my recent article talks about the tea being an aid factor of sleep. c:

  4. i love milk tea too! that i stumbled on this blog post :D this post is soooo original! i like it! so nicely written! very in-depth observation and good analysis. i agree. i hope more will come to love milk tea :)

    greetings from rarusuchin
    Excite Cebu|ラルスGEM


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