Milk Tea with Black Jelly
- 1/4 cup black jelly cut into half inch pieces
- 1 tbsp of Ahmad Earl grey tea (or any bag of tea of choice)
- 2 cups of water
- 1/4 cup very cold milk
- 2 tbsp of honey or sugar to taste
Instructions (If you are using loose loose tea)
Put the loose tea in the teapot with filter. Add hot water and let the tea seep in for 2-3 minutes. If you want the tea to have a stronger taste, leave it for 5 minutes and then remove the loose tea.
- Let the tea cool down for 30 minutes to one hour. ( I usually do this in the morning so the tea is ready by afternoon when I want it.)
Once cool, you can now add the jelly, sweetener (sugar or honey), and milk.
- You can also add ice.
Instructions (If you have a cooled tea and milk ready)
Open the can of grass/black jelly. Cut the grass jelly into half-inch cubes.
Place about ¼ cup of glass jelly.
Add the cooled tea and milk.
Add enough honey or sugar to suit your taste.
In Search for a Tea
I haven’t been a fan of hot tea before. I usually went for the cold tea drinks like iced tea or iced lemon tea. I knew it was because I have yet to find the perfect tea flavor that suits my taste.
I’ve tried many different flavors before. I would buy each kind from chamomile, fruity flavors, to lemongrass tea, but I just couldn’t find one. I didn’t want to give up because I wanted a hot drink substitute to coffee from time to time. I felt tea was a healthier option so I really looked hard to find one.
How I Ended up with Earl Grey Tea
For now, it is my favorite. Who knows, I might discover another one in the future. To be honest, the reason why I bought it first was because of its packaging. When I saw the hard case, I thought that if I didn’t like the tea, at least I’d have a cute can where I could put some of my tiny trinkets. It was that simple. So, I took it from the grocery shelf hoping this one could be the perfect tea for me.
I opened it and behold, the tea was not in a tea bag. It was a loose one which I did not expect. I bought a glass teapot from Ikea. Finally, I found an excuse to buy it. So I excitedly prepared everything feeling so Asian with the cute teapot. I filled the teapot and tried to smell the tea hoping for something unusual to happen, but none. I tasted the tea without sugar first to check if it is possible for me to drink Earl Grey tea without sweetener. Nope. I just can’t drink it without sugar. So I added a few teaspoons of it.
Ahh, that one sip. That’s perfect for me. I liked the taste. It was not a strong one, it was a mild tea which would be perfect with milk, I thought. So I pulled my milk out of the fridge in a hurry to see how it would taste like. Heaven. It was close to the taste of Wintermelon tea I recently had in Chai Time, Jeddah.
Milk Tea with Pearls and Jellies
I soon bought tapioca pearls because I knew it would be perfect like adding texture to the drink. Tapioca pearls went well, I wished for black pearls but no one sells it here, so I thought of using black jelly or grass jelly in can.
Perfect combination. I was so happy when I finally got it all together. The tea, milk, jelly, sugar or honey, they blended well and these ingredients have become staple in the kitchen. We would make this almost every week and enjoy it for an afternoon drink.