Royal Milk Tea

Homemade Royal Milk Tea

Royal Milk Tea is very popular in Japan and is made with Darjeeling or Assam tea leaves and milk. It is a unique type of tea that you can serve when you have guests over. Enjoy it with a serving of matcha cookies or some mochi. In Japan you can buy this type of tea from vending machines. Compared to your regular milk tea, Royal Milk Tea has a higher milk ratio, therefore balancing the semi-bitter taste of tea.

Royal Milk Tea

First of all, you will need ¾ cup of water, 2 teaspoons of black tea leaves, ½ cup of milk and sugar to taste. Take note that this amount is enough for a single serving of tea. Now, gather all of the ingredients together. Add the water into a small saucepan and let it boil over medium-high heat. Once the water starts boiling, add the tea leaves and then reduce the heat. Let everything simmer for one or two minutes.

Homemade Royal Milk Tea

Add the milk and let it simmer some more. In the meantime, try to keep your serving cup warm. Fill it with some warm water, then discard it before serving the tea.

When the tea is about to boil, remove from the heat and pour the tea through a tea strainer or fine mesh strainer and into your serving cup. Add the sugar at the end, while the mixture is still warm, so it can dissolve.

Water. When you want to make two cups of Royal Milk Tea, note that the ratio for the water does not double. For two cups of tea you will need only one cup of water.

Black tea leaves. For light colored tea, use Darjeeling tea, and for dark colored tea use Assam leaves.
To make iced Royal Milk Tea. Let the tea leaves steep a little bit longer so the ice won’t dilute the flavor. Now let your tea cool before placing it into the fridge. Drop some ice cubes into a glass and then pour the chilled milk tea over them.

Enjoy a nice cup of this delightful tea with a serving of traditional Japanese cookies for the full experience.

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