After 10 Years This is How I Make Milk Tea

I started making milk tea when I was 15 years old. I wanted to open up a store but I didn’t have the money to do so. So, I did the next best thing and made milk tea at home instead. 10 years have passed since then but my love for milk tea is still just as strong.

Video Transcript

It’s 8 am I’ve been making milk tea for more than 10 years so today I’m gonna show you how I do it now the ingredients of making milk tea is very simple all you need is some sort of black tea some sort of milk or creamer And then a little bit of sugar however the way and the proportion that you combine all these who will make a huge difference in The final outcome, let’s first start with the black tea if you’re in a pinch go ahead You can use Lipton black tea it tastes not bad one of my favorites is PG tips black tea each serving tends to contain a bit more black tea than other types of bagged teas now you can get the premium kind of this and it will taste a Little bit better I’d say about 10 20 percent better, but for daily usage. This is just as good I have over here a tea container and inside is some of my tea I have a sachet of PG tips black tea over here and inside is some loose leaf as well. Now you can use either but today I’m going to use a loose leaf black tea. But in order to use this you need some sort of very fine strainer for tea so that you can filter out all the tea Leaves when you pour it out. I also have a very good tea over here. This is a TWG Earl Grey tea I bought this at an airport, and I like this kind of tea It’s from Singapore, and it’s very very fragrant. You can see inside the black tea There’s a little bit of blue flower called bergman this gives a very unique aroma to the tea this is an example of a can of condensed milk now when you buy one of these don’t forget to check out the Ingredients because sometimes it’s not just milk and sugar. This brand over here when you look at the ingredients It does contain only milk and sugar sometimes they contain palm oil and other preservatives which is something I do not want so if you do buy a different brand buy something that only has milk and sugar in it now I’m pretty picky about the concentration of my black tea, so I’ll need a very precise amount of water here I want to have a little bit more water than what I finally will end up with because the tea will absorb a little bit of water as well as evaporate some water while I’m cooking it. This is my tea kettle and I prefer to brew tea in the kettle rather than outside of it if I open it up You’ll see that inside I have some leftover tea from yesterday, so now I need to clean this up And I’ll show you how to do this. Pour some water and swish it around pour down drain like this But my drain has a strainer, and then there’s still a little bit of tea left, so I’m going to do again Okay, so now it’s all clean. There’s no tea left in there now. I’m going to turn on the heat I’m gonna add my cup of water here. I’m only making one serving now. I’m gonna add a little bit of tea here I’m very particular about the amount of tea. This is the amount of right tea. Now I would say this is too little okay, if you add this much It’s not gonna be strong enough of flavor, so just know that like a difference of this much can matter a lot I’m going to take my measurement of what I normally eyeball like this and then I’m gonna measure it for you guys, so you guys can see how much is in here It’s roughly a level one tablespoon But you got to realize whatever tea you use it may be a different concentration, so you need to adjust it according to the taste I’m gonna put it in the hot water here Going to put the lid back on. It’s already boiling, so now I’m going to turn off the heat Right now I’m gonna start a timer for five minutes because after it boils I want it to brew for five minutes inside this teapot, now I don’t want this thing to get cold so I’m leaving part of it on the heat still I can tell that it stopped boiling so you can kind of move it a little towards the heat more To keep it You know at a hot temperature because if you take this teapot and completely remove it it’s gonna start to get cold That means it’s not gonna brew as well, black tea for milk tea you want to brew it very strongly now the final temperature at which you drink your milk tea matters a lot as well if you put your hot milk tea in a cold cup it’s gonna suck away all that heat from your hot tea so what I prefer to do while the tea is brewing is to add a tiny a bit of water into my cup It just maybe a quarter ways full and I’ll put it in the microwave for about 45 to 60 seconds to make the cup hot Now if I’m not recording right now the tea takes five minutes to brew I might just start this up And I might go wash the dishes or something so I’m gonna do something in between Rather than sit around and wait for the tea. That’s the timer saying that the tea is done in five minutes. Here I have the microwave water now. I’m just gonna dump this out. This cup is fairly hot right now. Hot cup Tea strainer Gonna pour it in here It’s slightly more concentrated than usual today, but this is a good color. It’ll still taste very good. Now over here is a new can of condensed milk I already have some over here. After you open this you pour it into a plastic container like this so that you can store it in the refrigerator Now remember when you pour this out into a new container don’t heat the condensed milk in this can in order to try to get it out. Just put it upside down and leave it somewhere like this and let it fall out over here I’m gonna put some condensed milk here, and what I do is stick my spoon in there and the amount I put in is very specific. this is how much I want to put in I don’t know how much this is I guess I can go and measure it hold on I guess what I’m using, it’s also roughly one level tablespoon of Condensed milk. Okay, so I can just stick this all in here and it’ll melt off of the spoon You can see as it melts, the color of my milk tea changes to a very rich color. Now you can indeed just drink this if you’re okay with very, very low sugar What you may find is that this is not sweet enough, and I drink a very, very low sugar type of tea. So I don’t even need all that much. What I like to do is add another half teaspoon of sugar into this concoction here So you can say this condensed milk is not very sweet But you don’t want to add more condensed milk in here because this is the maximum amount of cream that you want in here already if you add too much cream then it’ll taste kind of weird. One tablespoon is good enough over here. This is actually the second milk tea I’m having for today, the first one the camera was out of focus so I have to do this again Anyway, when you’re making this milk tea You got to make sure the black tea is strong enough in order for the flavor to come through which brings in an important point if you don’t want to have that much sugar you can drink this black tea again, and again throughout the day. If you want to make another black tea with the same tea you can actually brew it again. I’d brew it for a little bit longer. Maybe seven or eight minutes in order to try to get the flavor out more. Now I’ve used a lot of different things for the creamer including; powdered creamer, half-and-half, full fat milk, and now I’ve switched to condensed milk. I would say out of all of those half-and-half is pretty reasonable, but when you use regular milk it actually dilutes your milk tea a bit so it does taste not as rich. When you use condensed milk there’s less water content in there so you don’t dilute your tea as much, therefore it tastes more rich. of course the second brewing does not taste as good it tastes a little bit more diluted than the first of course. Now What can you do if you don’t have any creamer at all if you have ice cream you can actually dunk one tablespoon of that into your coffee or tea and you can use that as your creamer when you use a certain kind of tea it depends on which kind of course you’ll Taste the aroma sometimes it tastes almost even chocolaty. What I find is that if I have the milk tea by itself And I don’t do anything else. I’m not reading articles. I’m not on the computer I’m not recording a video or anything I get the most enjoyment out of it because I’m just sipping it It’s at its peak in terms of temperature, and it’s not cooling down really, really fast And I’m concentrating on the flavor instead. When I’m doing something else what I find happens is that yes I do get enjoyment from the tea, but then my attention is focused on something else And I’m just you know having it as I’m doing something else. When I’m in front of the camera I actually do enjoy this almost just as much as not doing anything at all because essentially after every time I talk, I do take a sip of this this. This loose leaf tea you might be wondering, what brand is it? It’s Ten Ren’s tea. I often go and shop some loose leaf tea whenever there’s something good I don’t always stay with Ten Ren. This is the only bag I’ve bought. Ten Ren is a tea shop, and they happen to also sell milk tea it’s popular in Taiwan They also have a store in the Bay Area So thanks for watching this video it’s taken me 10 years to get to this point, of making this type of milk tea. This is Beat the bush don’t forget to give me a like on this video, and if you’re interested in supporting this channel I have an audible link down in the video description below where you can get a free audio book I also have a Patreon over here and don’t forget to subscribe. Thanks for watching! 🙂