Are you a die-hard fan of milk tea? Or perhaps an ice cream lover searching for a novel flavor that spices up your palate? Then the Hong Kong Milk Tea Ice Cream is a culinary joyride waiting for you. Add it to your bucket list, and prepare to embark on a tasty journey to Asia’s gourmet paradise!
This yummy dessert is an exquisite sensational blend that brings together 2 crowning glories of the Asian dessert world – Milk Tea and Ice Cream.

Born from one of Hong Kong’s traditional beverages, Milk Tea, this sweet treat oozes out eastern charm. As its popularity puffs up across the globe, it’s time we scoop into the dairy heart of this icy indulgence!

Hong Kong Milk Tea is a popular drink in Hong Kong and other parts of Asia. It is a unique, sweetened, blend of black tea and evaporated milk.

It has its roots in British colonialism. It is said that the British introduced tea to Hong Kong in the 19th century. The locals then adapted the tea to their taste by adding evaporated milk and sugar. This resulted in a unique blend of tea that is now known as Hong Kong Milk Tea.

It’s known for its strong, fragrant, and slightly floral taste. Its sweet, creamy flavor is perfect for an afternoon treat or a refreshing dessert.
It is a sweet drink that conjures many childhood memories for those who grew up drinking it.

The tea has a rich and creamy flavor that is perfect for making ice cream.
If you are a fan of Hong Kong Milk Tea, then you’ll love even more making it into ice cream at home. In this article, we will provide you with a recipe to easily make Hong Kong Milk Tea Ice Cream, with a few simple ingredients and steps — along with some tips.

Scoop of Hong Kong Milk Tea Ice Cream

Hong Kong Milk Tea Ice Cream Recipe

Start your journey of making homemade Hong Kong Milk Tea Ice Cream with this simple step-by-step guide. It’s not just about getting the recipe right, but also about enjoying the fantastic process of creating a mouth-watering masterpiece!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 6 portions (aprox)
Calories 187 kcal


  • Ice Cream Maker
  • Medium Saucepan or Pot
  • Fine Mesh Sieve
  • Mixing Bowl (large)
  • Container for freezing


  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 tablespoons loose black tea leaves or 3 bags
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt optional


  • Brew Your Tea:
    Start by making a concentrated black tea: Steep 3 tablespoons (or 3 bags) of high-quality black tea in 1.5 cups of hot water. Let it brew for around 10 minutes, for those robust flavors to seep out. Then remove from heat and set aside. Let the tea cool for at least 10 minutes.
  • Sweeten it Up:
    In a saucepan, combine the brewed tea, a cup of sweetened condensed milk and a cup of evaporated milk. Stir it over medium heat until the mixture begins to steam. Be sure not to let it boil.
  • Strain and Cool:
    Use a fine mesh sieve to strain the mixture into a mixing bowl, discarding the tea leaves. Allow it to cool.
  • Churn it Right:
    Once cooled, pour the mixture into your ice cream maker. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to churn it into that unique Hong Kong Milk Tea Ice Cream texture (typically, for about 20 to 25 minutes).
  • Freeze and Serve:
    Transfer the churned mixture into an airtight container and freeze it for at least 4 hours, until it’s solid enough to scoop. When ready to serve, scoop out your homemade wonder, garnish with your favorite toppings and voila, your Hong Kong Milk Tea Ice Cream is ready!


Nutritional Facts for the recipe (total):

  • Calories: 1,120
  • Total Fat: 44g
  • Saturated Fat: 28g
  • Cholesterol: 168mg
  • Sodium: 480mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 152g
It is important to note that this is an estimate, and the nutritional values may vary depending on the specific brands and amounts of ingredients used.
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Recommended Pairing Drink:

For a pairing drink, I would recommend a strong black tea, such as Assam or Darjeeling. The bold, malty flavor of these teas will complement the sweet and creamy texture of the ice cream, while the caffeine will help to cut through the richness of the milk tea.

Tips & Tricks for making the perfect Hong Kong Milk Tea Ice Cream

  • The tea bags technique will allow you to skip the straining/sieving. 😉
  • You can vary the final consistency by varying the churning time: see your machine’s instructions manual for this information. If you want an even firmer consistency, you can them simply put you finished ice cream in the freezer for a few hours, or overnight.
  • The water must be piping hot when steeping your tea leaves. This brings out the aroma of the leaves.
  • Use high-quality ingredients for the best results: The quality of the ingredients you use will affect the taste and texture of your ice cream. For example, when choosing tea leaves, look out for Sri Lanka as the country of origin. Some exporters still use its old name, Ceylon, for branding purposes. The country is known for producing high-quality tea leaves that are perfect for making Hong Kong Milk Tea. Another high quality option is Assam black tea.
  • Steep the tea leaves for the right amount of time: Steeping the tea leaves for too long can result in a bitter taste, while steeping them for too short a time can result in a weak flavor. Generally, you’ll want to steep the tea leaves for 10-30 minutes, according to your taste.
  • Chill the mixture thoroughly: Chilling the mixture thoroughly before freezing it in the ice cream maker will help it freeze faster and result in a smoother texture. Chill the mixture for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your ice cream maker: Different ice cream makers may have different freezing times and instructions. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the best results.
  • Add mix-ins for extra flavor and texture: Consider adding mix-ins like cookie chunks or nuts for extra flavor and texture. Mix them in after the ice cream has been churned in the ice cream maker.
  • Evaporated milk is an essential ingredient in Hong Kong Milk Tea. It gives the tea its creamy texture and enhances the flavor. You can use any brand of evaporated milk, but it is recommended to use a full-fat version for a richer flavor.
  • Condensed milk is another essential ingredient in Hong Kong Milk Tea. It adds sweetness to the tea and enhances the flavor. You can use any brand of condensed milk, but, again, it is recommended to use a full-fat version for a richer flavor.
  • Experiment with different variations: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations of Hong Kong Milk Tea Ice Cream. Try using different types of tea leaves or adding different flavors like vanilla or chocolate.
Photo of Hong Kong Milk Tea Ice Cream served on a plate

Hong Kong Milk Tea Ice Cream and Pop-corn: unexpected, but the contrasts make this wonderful!


What type of black tea should I use?

Traditionally, Hong Kong Milk Tea uses a blend of several types of black tea, including Ceylon, Assam and Darjeeling.

Can I use different types of tea leaves to make this ice cream?

Yes, you can use different types of tea leaves to make Hong Kong Milk Tea Ice Cream. While black tea is traditionally used in Hong Kong Milk Tea, you can experiment with other types of tea to create unique flavors. Just note that the flavor will not be the same as the original.
For example, you can use green tea leaves for a lighter, more floral flavor, or Oolong tea leaves for a nuttier, more complex flavor.
You can also try blending different types of tea leaves to create your own custom blend. Just make sure to adjust the steeping time and amount of tea leaves used to suit the type of tea you are using.

Do I need an ice cream maker to make Hong Kong Milk Tea Ice Cream?

While having an ice cream maker helps in attaining the desired consistency, you can also do it manually. After freezing your mixture for a couple of hours, take it out and stir vigorously, then repeat this process a few times until you achieve a creamy texture.

What can I serve with Hong Kong Milk Tea Ice Cream?

It can be served on its own or with toppings like chopped nuts, chocolate syrup or fresh fruits. It also pairs nicely with peanut butter cookies or brownies.

How do I store Hong Kong Milk Tea Ice Cream?

Store Hong Kong Milk Tea Ice Cream in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

How long should the ice cream be frozen overnight?

For optimal enjoyment, it is recommended that the ice cream be frozen overnight. This gives the ice cream enough time to set and reach the desired consistency. Since every freezer is different, it may take approximately 8-10 hours for the ice cream to fully freeze. However, it is always a good idea to check the manufacturer’s instructions or the specific recipe for suggested freezing times.

image of ice cream and topping on a plate


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