When we first heard about kung fu tea, we were a little confused. Isn’t Kung Fu a type of martial arts? How do you make tea while karate chopping the air? It definitely sounded intriguing so we had to find out!
Kung Fu tea is also known as Gongfu Cha. This is a traditional Chinese term that refers to brewing tea with discipline, patience and skill. Gongfu Cha tea making requires tea to be made with the highest quality tea, pure filtered water and to be made in a small porcelain or clay teapot.
The practice of Gongfu Cha is all about the art of tea making and the gravity that it has on Chinese culture. Kung Fu, the martial arts, has similar focus and mindfulness which is what they carry the same name.
The main ingredient in Kung Fu Tea is tea! Depending on where you go to get your kung fu tea, the ingredients will vary. Many people use tapioca pearls in kung fu tea or make kung fu milk tea. Our homemade kung fu tea is a delicious mix of all of these! Take a look at the ingredients we use:
- Brewed Earl Gray Tea- Earl gray tea is a black tea with a citrus flavor. It has a subtle orange taste along with the earthy, potent taste of black tea.
- Canned Coconut Milk- Canned coconut milk is sweet and tropical. Be sure to use canned coconut milk which is more concentrated than the coconut milk in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. It has more flavor and less water- much better for our kung fu tea!
- Vanilla Extract- A little vanilla extract enhances the sweetness of the drink.
- Milk Powder- Milk powder adds a rich taste to the kung fu tea. It has a nice, thick texture that is really tasty with the earl gray tea.
- Black Tapioca Pearls- Black tapioca pearls are sweet and a little chewy. They add a lot of texture to our king fu tea. We like black tapioca pearls because you can see them better in the drink. They are also a little more flavorful than other colors of tapioca pearls. Kung fu tea boba is best made fresh!
- Honey- Honey gives the homemade kung fu tea a natural sweet taste.
The key to making a fantastic kung fu tea is to use high quality ingredients. After all, quality, attention to detail and skill is the basis of kung fu tea and gongfu cha!
There are a few step to making perfect kung fu tea. Tea is not just a drink, but also a ritual and a ceremony. Keep this in mind as you put together your tasty homemade kung fu tea. Here is what you need to do:
- Brew the earl gray tea.
- Make the black tapioca pearls according to the package directions. Cool the tapioca pearls and toss them with honey.
- Mix the chilled tea, canned coconut milk, vanilla, and milk powder. Add the honey tapioca pearls and tea mix to two glasses and then add a little ice.
- Enjoy while cold!
Kung fu tea is best made fresh so make this homemade kung fu tea recipe right before you’d like to drink it. You can double or triple the recipe easily to make more. You probably should because anyone who sees you sipping on this kung fu milk tea is going to want their own glass.
There is a popular kung fu tea chain of stores that puts incredible toppings on kung fu tea. You can choose between tons of incredible kung fu tea toppings to create a very unique drink. Here are a few of the kung fu tea toppings the chain offers to give you an idea of what you can use to make this homemade kung fu tea even more amazing.
- Lychee crystal bubbles
- Oolong tea jelly
- Nata jelly
- Red Beans
- Mango, coffee or grape popping bubbles
These unique kung fu tea toppings sure to make the drink even more exciting. Find a Kung Fu Tea shop near you and give some of these toppings a try. If there isn’t one nearby, you will just have to make your own! Good thing you have this incredible recipe on hand…
If you love tea, great flavors and the discipline of traditional tea ceremonies, kung fu tea may be the best iced tea you have ever tried. Our homemade kung fu milk tea is really delicious and very unique. You won’t find tea like this is your average tea shop! Enjoy.
Kung fu tea is quite unique so we know you may have questions. If you do, leave them in the comments below! Hopefully some of these frequently asked questions and answers will also help you.
What is the most popular drink at Kung Fu Tea?
The chain tea store called Kung Fu Tea sells a lot of unique tea drinks. The most popular drink at Kung Fu Tea is the Kung fu Milk Tea. It is made with milk powder and green or black tea. The Green Mango Tea is also pretty popular. Lots of people like to add the mango popping bubbles to the mango green tea to make it even more exciting.
What ethnicity is Kung Fu Tea?
Kung Fu Tea is traditionally Chinese. Gongfu Cha, or the Chinese tea ceremony, is a centuries old tradition which highlights the importance of tea. Gongfu cha translates to mean “skillyfully making tea”. You will definitely need some skill, or just some time, to make a perfect cup of Kung fu tea.
What does Kung fu Tea taste like?
Our coconut kung fu tea has a sweet, tropical and earthy taste. It has a subtle citrus taste thanks to the earl gray tea. The little bit of honey makes it perfectly sweet. The boba tapioca bubbles add a lot of unique texture to the tea. It is quite the treat!