How to Make Hong Kong’s Famed Yuan Yang Coffee Using NESTLÉ COFFEE-MATE

September 20, 2019

This year has definitely been the year of coffee in Manila. Alternatives to coffee chains were scarce, but now they are almost everywhere. Before then, it was milk tea that was all the rage, enticing consumers with its sweet, milky taste. But what happens if you combine both potent drinks into one? We’ve created a recipe that has all the strength of your daily brew of coffee beans, with the herbal notes and sweetness of milk tea. All you have to do is make your normal morning cup and add some syrup made of tea to get this one-of-a-kind fix. Popular in Hong Kong, this style of coffee is known as Yuan Yang, milky and sweet with the addition of cream and tea.

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The syrup might sound like a complicated thing to do in the morning while you’re rushing for work and need a quick fix for your caffeine pick-me-up, but you can always make this the night before. The flavor it brings to your coffee will make you realize that this simple recipe is worth it. Boil water with teabags of any flavor you like—here we used earl grey, but a spicier chai or your favorite blend of leaves will do the trick. Add brown sugar to your tea water for a quick simple syrup, and using brown sugar over regular white will do wonders in bringing out the roasted notes of whatever tea you choose.

Once done with your syrup, or slowly reheating it (do this so it doesn’t crack or crystallize), mix it with your coffee brew that is creamed ever so slightly by NESTLÉ COFFEE-MATE, which enhances the aroma, and brings out the creamy taste you’re looking . Definitely a surprising new way of enjoying your regular cup of creamy coffee!


Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients: Coffee Milk Tea

  • 1 and 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 bags earl grey tea
  • 1/2 tbsp NESCAFÉ CLASSIC
  • 1/4 cup and 2 tbsp cup tea syrup
  • pearls, optional

Procedure: Syrup

  1. Boil 2 cups water, once boiling add 2 teabags and 2 cups brown sugar.
  2. Boil for 1 minute, until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Set aside until ready to use.

Procedure: Yuan Yang Coffee

  1. Soak teabags in boiling water for 5 minutes. Strain out and turn off fire.
  2. Mix in coffee powder and NESTLÉ COFFEE-MATE.
  3. Mix in tea syrup.
  4. Put pearls in cups, pour milk tea.
  5. Serve warm.

NESTLÉ COFFEE-MATE and NESCAFÉ CLASSIC are registered trademarks of Société des Produits Nestlé S.A., Vevey, Switzerland.

Pamela Cortez Pamela Cortez

Pamela Cortez writes about food full-time, and has honed her craft while writing for publications such as Rogue, Town and Country, and The Philippine Star. She once rode on a mule for a mile just to eat mint tea and lamb in Morocco, and has eaten a block of Quickmelt in one sitting. Her attempt at food photography can be viewed online @meyarrr.

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