Yuanyang (pronounced yun - yang) is a coffee & tea creation we came across during a visit to Singapore. It originates from Hong Kong, China and has been adopted into different cultures across South East Asia. Its name is a reference to mandarin ducks and how well 2 different things pair together.
When we first read the description of what this drink was on the menu (Dapper Coffee, Singapore) we thought 'wow now that sounds disgusting, what idiot would try this'........so we ordered one. We chose for it to be served over ice, immediately - boom lean & bop - we were blown away. I am sure the original recipe/methods of this drink were nasty but this was on new level #asapferg. My tongue didn't know what to do it was being slapped around with so many different flavors. Dapper Coffees method to us was genius and so we had to try it and share it.
I asked the waitress how they did this and she explained rather than the traditional instant coffee mixed with brewed tea method they use infusion. They infuse the milk with loose tea leaves leaving you with all the teas flavor with no watery dilution. They then drop a espresso into this to top it off.
So the Recipe:
20g of loose tea (earl grey)
250ml of milk
double shot of espresso.
nearby toilet just in case
Put the tea and milk into a pan, let simmer on low heat for 15-20 mins. The milk should turn a light brown color. Strain milk with a sieve into a glass. Let cool down completely and leave in the fridge overnight.
Now this can be served hot or cold - depending on which you choose will showcase different flavors. If hot you will get a very intense fragrant wave of bergamont with a subtle hit of citrus. The fruitiness and jammy body of the espresso creates an indescribable taste sensation. If served over ice the creamy milk will carry a big orange peel taste from the citrus notes in the tea which is followed by the acidic tang from the espresso. Suprisingly refreshing.
We found this works really well with earl grey tea as it has such a distinctive taste of bergamont and citrus fruit. We paired this with a washed Ethiopian and the result had our tongue feeling like it was in the matrix #leanback #fatjoe
All we can say is try it and see what you think. You will either love it or hate it. Either way you will be OD'd on caffiene :)