All about drinks in Hong Kong


Of course, we will not talk about traditional fruit juices, a variety of green and black teas or tea bags offered in most restaurants and hotels in Hong Kong - in the city you can and should try something more interesting.


When you visit a cafe, grocery store or just outside, you can see drinks that you have never heard of before. This is not only tea with milk or tea with lemon, but also soy milk, a sugarcane drink, coconut juice and other unfamiliar drinks. So what is worth a drink in Hong Kong?

Red Bean Drink

Red Bean DrinkRed bean ice is a drink commonly found in Hong Kong. It is usually served in restaurants like cha chaan teng. It is a popular dessert in summer. The standard ingredients include adzuki beans, light rock sugar syrup, and evaporated milk. It is often topped with ice cream to become a dessert known as red bean ice cream freeze (simplified Chinese: 雪糕红豆冰; traditional Chinese: 雪糕紅豆冰).

Bubble Tea

Bubble TeaThis became one of the most popular drinks first appeared in Taiwan in the mid-80s, and then went to Hong Kong. These drinks are usually made with tea, milk or coffee, which are whipped until foam and mixed with fruit and / or syrup.

Bubble Tea is also called “pearl tea” because of the black or multi-colored tapioca balls that make up this drink - this is the milk variant that is the most common form of Bubble Tea.

Although it can also be prepared only with fruit and ice. Since the size of the tapioca balls is larger than the standard diameter of the straws, special wide straws are given for the drink.

Pineapple Drink (Pineapple Ice)

This is another typical Hong Kong drink that contains slices of pineapple on the bottom, water, ice, and a sweetener, usually sugar syrup. They are especially pleased to refresh themselves on a hot day.

Tea with milk

Tea with milkAfternoon tea and tea with milk are the two drinks left over from the colonial era in Hong Kong. Milk tea is made from black tea mixed with condensed milk, and can be served hot or cold, depending on your preference.

However, if you think that this is the most common milk tea we are familiar with, then this is not entirely true, since Hong Kong has its own special way of preparing this drink. And its taste even differs in different places depending on how much each ingredient is used.

Yuan Yang

In Hong Kong, drinks are mixed that few people would have thought of mixing. Yuan Yang is a popular drink in the city made from a mixture of coffee and milk tea in Hong Kong style.

Although in an ideal combination of both parts should be equally divided, but usually this is not common. The best drink can be enjoyed at Kee Hing Café (Santin) or King Bakery (Central).

Also, let's not forget to mention one more popular mixed drink - Hot Coke with ginger and lemon, which was originally used as a cold medicine and turned into just a refreshing drink.

Mango Drinks

No one makes mango drinks like the Hui Lau Shan network - it's just mangomania! They have a huge selection of puddings, sago, jelly, sticky balls and mango drinks.

Bright and delicious drinks are made in layers and consist of coconut juice, aloe hashima jelly, aloe vera, red beans, ice cream or fruit puree, for example, mango and strawberries. Although they are quite expensive - HKD 20 per glass - but one serving is never enough.

And since the network of these establishments began as tea houses, here you can also try different herbal teas.

Coconut Juice

You can often see large, peeled coconuts in the many markets of Hong Kong and in street cafes. When buying, the seller will punch a hole in it for a straw - and here it is, pure pleasure on a hot day!

Herbal tea

In cafes and restaurants, or just in street shops, you can see a variety of herbal teas. They are prepared both from more or less familiar herbs and flowers, and from exotic plants and even moss, typical only for China. So do not miss the opportunity to try something new and buy a bag of another drink you like.


Horlicks is a powder made from wheat flour and barley malt. It is added to milk and drunk hot or cold - it tastes like Ovaltine on the palate. Similarly, the syrup is served separately and added to taste.


Ovaltine is a popular drink in Hong Kong that you can sample in many cafes in the city. Its basis is a powder of barley, malt extract and cocoa. Ovaltine is made with milk and served hot or cold, usually unsweetened, but accompanied by a cup of syrup. So you can sweeten it to your desired level yourself.