To drink coffee in a restaurant that served noodles and barbecued pork with rice would be wrong for a coffee aficionado. And yet, we spent our time drinking not just one but five cups of coffee during the five nights in Hong Kong.
We were being served these sugary treats – the perfect local coffees. Hong Kong has plenty Starbucks chains and independent coffee shops. But who likes the bitter black stuff also known as espresso when you can have coffee made the same way like milk tea (nai cha) or the yinyong, a combination of milk tea and milk coffee.
Just like Malaysia and Singapore, Hong Kong is a former British colony in Asia. Tea with milk and coffee with milk are the favorite caffeinated drinks for the locals. Restaurants and local coffee shops make their coffee with sugar and condensed milk. Coffee is strained through a cloth coffee strainer like the ones shown here from Amazon.com:
The pour over brewing coffee method has the same concept as straining coffee using a sackcloth sieve.
At Tsui Wah Restaurant, a popular restaurant on 15-19 Wellington Street, Hong Kong Island you can get a lunch set with milk coffee for HK$59 (about $7.60).
For fast and affordable breakfast and coffee, Keung Kee Restaurant serves congee with fried dough (youtiao) for less than $5.
Or go to Tin Lok Bakery on Tin Lok Lane in Wanchai for milk tea or coffee and pastries to go for less than $4.
Would you sacrifice your espresso, latte or macchiato for these sweet coffee when visiting Hong Kong? Let us know.