Hong Kong Yuanyang: Coffee With Tea

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  • Total: 12 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 2 mins
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
27 Calories
0g Fat
5g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 2g
Calcium 11mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Yuanyang is a popular coffee and tea drink from Hong Kong that is a tasty and energizing beverage. It is hard to resist the combination of homemade milk tea and fresh-brewed coffee that is made easily with this recipe.

Yuanyang can go by a variety of names. You might hear it as simply "coffee with tea" or by the names yuenyeung, yinyong, yingyong, or yin yang. It is a sweet and creamy drink that mixes coffee with Hong Kong milk tea for a powerful jolt of caffeine.

If you travel to Hong Kong, you will discover exactly how popular yuanyang is. It is sold by many vendors and each yuanyang maker has his own secret recipe. This recipe captures the general flavor of this extraordinary beverage.


Steps to Make It

  1. Mix the coffee and milk tea well.

  2. Pour into small glasses.

  3. Serve hot, or chill and serve over ice.

Vary the Coffee-Tea to Your Taste

This recipe uses a 1:1 ratio of coffee to milk tea and it's a great place to begin. Some people prefer less coffee and more tea. You might even see some suggestions that go as far as 7 parts milk tea to 3 parts coffee.

Most of the time, you will find a happy medium between these two extremes. It is also going to depend on the strength of your coffee as well as the type of tea brewed.

When exploring a new combination, begin with the 1:1 ratio to see what you think. You can always adjust it immediately or wait until the next time you mix up a yuanyang to fine-tune your preferences.

Why Is Yuanyang So Popular?

The history and modern culture in Hong Kong have fueled the popularity of milk tea and the yuanyang drink. 

One must remember that from 1839 until 1997, Hong Kong was under British rule. During this time, many people on the island adopted not only capitalism but British customs as well. Among those is the famous afternoon tea.

Fast forward to Hong Kong in the modern day. It is a place that rarely sleeps and is filled with busy people living busy lives. As we all know, sometimes an extra bit of caffeine helps tremendously during the day and yuanyang fills that need.

Afternoon Tea in Hong Kong

This British tradition takes place in the early afternoon, usually starting at 3 p.m. at plush restaurants and in hotel lobbies. All the requisite fancy cakes and finger sandwiches are represented, but competition is stiff, so venues are starting to introduce French macarons, sushi, and even champagne.