Coffee Milk Tea, called Yuen Yang (Ying Yang) in Chinese, is simply what it sounds like: coffee, milk, and tea. The coffee vs. tea debate is as common as the vanilla vs. chocolate, with fervent devotees on both sides. As hard as I’ve tried, I don’t favor one over the other and drink both coffee and tea almost every day. I wonder what that says about me? Indecisive, un-opinionated (ha, my brother is laughing out loud somewhere), equal opportunistic? It probably doesn’t mean anything other than my body can handle a lot of caffeine.

black tea and coffee beans

Maybe I’m just greedy? That makes sense because that also explains my gravitation to Coffee Milk Tea (and Black & White Cookies), the combination of the two favorites. Yup, I want it all.

Coffee Milk Tea is commonly sold at Chinese bakeries (for about $1) and made extra sweet and creamy, going past the normal amount you usually put in tea or coffee. More like having a hot chocolate, it borders dessert, and it deserves such praise.

But, if you’re making it at home, you can adjust to your own tastes. You don’t need to be very precise in measurements. Basically Coffee Milk Tea is half coffee, half black tea, with a milk (milk, heavy cream, or condensed milk) and sweetener. This is another one of those times where the recipe is not necessary but I’ll throw one in anyway for those who find comfort in it.

Coffee Milk Tea

Coffee Milk Tea
~for one

  • 1/2 cup strongly brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup strongly brewed black tea*
  • sweetened condensed milk or heavy cream and sugar, to taste

Instructions -

Combine coffee and tea in a heat proof cup. Add sweetened condensed milk or heavy cream and sugar to taste.

*For the black tea, you can use loose leaf or tea bags. For loose leaf, Assam works best. For tea bags, use English Breakfast or something general like Lipton regular.

*The 2nd picture in this post was updated on 3/14/13

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