Cheese Tea?  WHAT IS THAT?

Cheese Tea? What's That?

Apparently, Cheese Tea is the latest, greatest thing with people standing in line, sometimes for hours to place an order that may take up to 5 minutes to create.  Few tea shops serve this brew in the United States at this time but the ‘times they are a-changin’.  Originating in Taiwan back in 2010, this fad has taken China and Malaysia by storm and appears to have developed a cult following.

Cheese Tea?  What's That?

So just what is it?  In my mind, upon first hearing the term Cheese Tea, I had a vision of a chunk of cheddar dropped into a teacup or a pile of grated cheese on top of the tea. But NO. Thank goodness because that sounded yucky. My vision was so far off base I have to believe I was on another planet, thinking it to be such a strange concoction.

The truth is the cheese topping on your cup of tea is a sweet blend of cream cheese, milk, whipping cream, and in some recipes condensed milk. It sounds delicious to someone like me who loves sweet, creamy stuff. Not so great for the waistline, but what are you gonna do? We have to indulge on occasion, right? Right!

The evolution of cheese tea has come a long way, baby, from its roots in Taiwan with cheese powder sprinkled on top of a cup of tea to what is now a delectable dessert-type drink. With a cheesecake-like foam on top of your favorite cup of tea, you have something new and exciting to talk about. It’s like drinking a delicious tea milkshake.

This is a drink you can make at home and can be very individualized to specific tastes. The tea can be hot or cold. The tea you choose is up to you, green, black, chai, fruit, purple, or the cheese topping can be flavored with berries, chocolate, vanilla, or the cheese topping can also be sprinkled with sea salt, chocolate, cinnamon, or drizzled with any type of goodness your taste buds demand. Adventurous palates are all it takes to explore the many variations of cheese tea.

There is a specific way to drink cheese tea. Do not stir the cheese into the tea. Do not use a straw. Keep the cheese on the top and sip both the tea and the cheese together, allowing you to savor the blend of both flavors. It is IN to take a picture of your cheese mustache and put it on Instagram. So, you might want to do that but it is not required.

Being able to make your favorite cheese tea at home will save you time looking for a place that serves it, saves you time standing in line waiting to place your order, and waiting for your order to come up and of course, money.

Here are a couple of recipes for you to try. Please note these recipes will make more than one dollop of cheese for one cup of tea. Refrigerate remainder, and your cheese batch will last for at least 24 hours if not a couple of days. Just re-froth by whipping to reintroduce air to your mixture when ready to use your cheese stash and drop a dollop on your next cup or glass of tea.

PS the reintroduction of air will allow your cheese mix to float and not sink into the tea.

These recipes are similar with slight variations.

Recipe 1:

Ingredients for the cheese:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 ounces cream cheese powder
  • 1/3 cup whipped cream
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons condensed milk
  • 1 pinch sea salt or Himalayan pink salt

Ingredients for the tea:

  • Your choice of teas: black, green, chai, fruit, or whatever floats your tea boat
  • Sweeten to taste

Directions:

  • Mix milk, cream cheese, and cream cheese powder with a hand blender, fork or whisk until completely blended.
  • Add condensed milk, whipped cream, and salt into the mix and whip into medium foamy peaks.
  • Cover the cheese foam with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.
  • While cheese is chilling make tea. Your choice to have your cheese tea hot or cold.
  • Pour the tea into cups or glasses 3/4 full.
  • Spoon dollops of cheese mixture on top of tea until the glass is full.
  • Sprinkle or drizzle extra goodness to taste: sea salt, chocolate, cinnamon, caramel, or your choice. (Optional)

Recipe 2:

Ingredients for the cheese:

  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 4 ounces cream cheese = 1/2 of the 8-ounce package of Philadelphia Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Ingredients for the tea:

  • Your choice of teas: black, green, chai, fruit, or whatever floats your tea boat
  • Sweeten to taste

Directions:

  • Beat milk and cream cheese with a hand blender, fork or whisk until completely blended.
  • Add whipping cream and sugar into the mix until thickened.
  • Pour tea into cups or glasses 3/4 full.
  • Top tea with cheese mixture until glass is full.
  • Sprinkle or drizzle extra goodness to taste: sea salt, chocolate, cinnamon, caramel, or your choice. (Optional)

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