Hokkaido, the second largest island in Japan, is the most famous for its dairy production and agriculture, spread over acres of land. This place is a haven for tea lovers because they get a first-hand taste of the Hokkaido Milk tea.
Milk Tea is popular all around the world. It is astonishing to even think about how the simple drink can be tweaked with milk to create new and unique tastes. Hokkaido milk tea is a creamy, indulgent tea, which can not only be enjoyed in its traditional form but can also be customized to make it even better.
About Hokkaido Milk Tea
In Japan, Hokkaido Milk Tea is popularly known as royal milk tea and nidashi milk tea. Often, tea brewers add tapioca pearls to it but do not confuse it for boba. While boba is a Taiwanese beverage, Hokkaido hails from Japan.
Hokkaido milk tea is prepared from black tea leaves with milk, the traditional Hokkaido milk tea involves milk made in the Hokkaido province. The tea includes high-quality black tea leaves like Assam, Darjeeling, and Earl Grey varieties. Caramel syrup or brown sugar is often used as a sweetener along with this tea.
Today, this tea can be easily blended using fresh leaves and the Hokkaido tea milk powder that is easily available in most tea stores.
Hokkaido milk tea has a mixture of strong and malty flavor, balanced by a creamy and smooth texture. The presence of black tea adds an earthy and roasted flavor to this tea. The creamy milk adds a heavenly full-bodied texture to the already rich flavor of the tea.
You can also add tapioca pearls to make this tea similar to a fruit tea. Some famous tea shops serving Hokkaido tea add an ice cream scoop or coconut oil to sweeten and make the tea more divulging.
Where to have Hokkaido Tea in Japan?
Nothing beats trying a food item at its place of origin. The cook often follows the traditional methods, and uses secret ingredients that have been passed down for generations, maybe from the time it was made for the very first time. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Japan, you should surely try the Hokkaido milk tea.
Stretching wide across the magical land of Japan, many cafe chains and local shops have royal milk tea on their menus. Here are a few places that might just be heaven for any tea lover.
The atmosphere offered by Kenyan is unmatched, because of the love and affection shown by locals as well as tourists. It specializes in Japanese black tea, and the Japanese Black Tea Association has certified the shop for its excellent taste, quality, and customer satisfaction. They serve all kinds of milk teas, hot and cold, even original creations such as milk tea parfaits.
TEA SALON Gclef (Kichijoji)
The tea salon at Kichijoji is one of the best and most delicate places in the whole of Japan. Besides milk tea, the tea salon also offers scones, waffles, and other teatime sweets. Though the items can be a bit pricey, the top-notch quality and otherworldly taste complement the price. If you love an old-fashion European-style Japanese tea parlor, there is no other place that can satiate your heart.
Chunsuitan 春水堂 (Daikanyama)
The beautiful Taiwanese cafe chain, Chunsuitan spreads over a few locations in Japan. Did you know cold milk tea with tapioca was actually invented by this shop in Taiwan! Chunsuitan is popular for its rich variety of milk tea, and its fame spreads across Japan’s mainland and the territories.
How to make Hokkaido Milk Tea?
We have a rough idea about what Hokkaido Milk tea is, and not the most obvious thought arises in our mind- how do you prepare this delicacy? Let us discuss the Hokkaido milk tea recipe, and you can be ready to prepare and try it for yourself. It would indeed be unjust if you did not try it for yourself.
Hokkaido Tea is pretty easy to make, and you can fix it up for yourself, within a mere 10 minutes. A minute’s preparation and brewing for five or seven minutes can give you one of the best teas in the world.
Ingredients you would need:
- 1-1.5 cup Strong black tea
- ¼-½ cup Hokkaido milk
- 2 Tbsp Sweetener
- Tapioca pearls (optional)
Making the Tea
Like with most other teas, the first step of preparing Hokkaido Milk Tea involves boiling about a pot of water, enough to make a cup of black tea. TeaSwan loves using loose tea leaves for preparing tea, but if you like, we offer tea bags as well. There is little difference in the cooking time, whether you use tea leaves or tea bags.
Depending on what kind of a flavor soothes your palate, steep the tea for as long as required. Add the Hokkaido milk while steeping, or you can add the milk and tea at the same time too. Steeping tea and milk for a couple of minutes makes it creamy and rich, with an ample flavor in the drink.
You should steep as long as it is required to prepare your favorite tea flavor. The longer you steep, the darker or more intense the flavor would be. There is no definite steeping time, and you should steep as you prefer your tea to be.
Once you are satisfied with the steeping, set it aside and let it cool. Grab a serving cup, and add sweeteners to sweeten the tea. A malty element to the tea can be attained to the tea by using brown sugar, instead of other common hot drink sweeteners like honey, syrup, or traditional sugar.
It is best to serve the Hokkaido tea at room temperature.
All that’s left for you to do now is to add and mix all the elements together, top it off with some ice cubes. Sip your favorite tea, and relax.
Additionally, you can add tapioca pearls to the mixture to have it with the tea. Soaking the tapioca pearls in a brown sugar syrup bath for some time gives an additional flavor element.
We are sure you like tea, and there’s nothing wrong with trying new varieties once in a while. In fact, preparing the same tea in various ways can be as entertaining and exciting as ever. Be sure to try Hokkaido Milk Tea, and let us know how you liked it.
We would love to hear how you liked it, and be sure to share with us your Hokkaido milk tea recipe. Tea is a universal beverage, and there is no one way to enjoy it.