Milk tea refers to several forms of beverage found in many cultures, First of all, sugar is added to the water along with tea leaves and milk is added after heating it. The term milk tea is used for both hot and cold drinks that can be combined with various kinds of milks and a variety of spices. This is a popular way to serve tea in many countries, and is the default type of tea in many South Asian countries. Beverages vary based on the amount of each of these key ingredients, the method of preparation, and the inclusion of other ingredients (varying from sugar or honey to salt or cardamom) Milk tea is the default type of tea in India and Pakistan and referred to as chai.
Bubble tea, also known as pearl milk tea or boba milk tea, is a Taiwanese tea-based drink invented in Taichung in the 1980s. While the terms "bubble tea" and "boba" are often used interchangeably, bubble tea refers to the drink made by combining tea, milk, and sugar, and then adding toppings like boba, fruit jelly, or other toppings. Boba, on the other hand, is a type of topping that is commonly added to bubble tea. It is made from tapioca pearls and adds a unique flavor and texture to the drink.
Dalgona milk tea, milk tea sweetened with traditional Korean dalgona, a honeycomb-like toffee
In Britain, when hot tea and cold milk are drunk together, the drink is simply known as tea due to the vast majority of tea being consumed in such a way. The term milk tea is unused, although one may specify tea with milk if context requires it. This may cause confusion for people from cultures that traditionally drink tea without milk.