Royal Milk Tea is a Japanese kissaten (coffee shop) specialty that involves brewing loose-leaf tea directly into hot milk. The resulting infusion is then strained before serving and sweetened with either honey or white sugar. In Japan, the delicate-tasting tea has made its way as a flavor for Pocky sticks, chocolates, and even cheesecakes.
Given that brewing the tea is a rather fiddly task, Japanese manufacturer Meito came up with an instant version of this particular treat.
I found this particular product over at Saizen (P 85.00 for a bag with four packets) and its pretty good.
According to the packet directions, you just add the contents of each packet to a cup of hot water, stir, and enjoy. It’s nice on its own, but I prefer to personalize my drink by using half the amount of water, and replacing the remaining half with warm milk. A scant teaspoon of honey plus a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg turns this particular cup into instant chai. If you really want to amp up the decadence, top your cup with a billowy cloud of whipped cream.
Interestingly, it also works as an iced bevvie if made double strength (use two packets rather than one). In a tall glass, dissolve the instant milk tea with about a couple tablespoons of hot water. Add a tablespoon of honey, a sprinkling of spice, and top up with half-cold water and half-cold milk. A scoop of vanilla ice cream on top is optional, but makes this drink oh-so-nice.