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Taiwanese Coconut Milk Tea

by saltwaterdaughters


Brrrr!!  It’s so cold outside.   We’re froze ta det!  And what better way to warm yourself up than a cup of Taiwanese coconut milk tea?   It’s slightly sweet, a bit fragrant, and a lot cozy.


Truly though, we’ve been having some stormy weather for the past few weeks and it just won’t let up.  Honestly, we had to lighten my hands in the pictures because they were so purple from the cold.   So I am keeping warm (and trying to keep the light & power bill down) with this tea/milk hybrid and loving it!




I first tried coconut milk tea at the Formosa Tea House in St. John’s.  Nicole had been to their restaurant in Charlottetown, PEI, before they relocated.  So when we made a trip to St. John’s this summer, she made sure we went there for food.  Which, by the way, is really cheap fantastic vegetarian fare, if case anyone is interested.  When we got home we researched how to make the tea ourselves but couldn’t find anything except Taiwanese bubble tea, which is served cold.   So when Nicole went to St. Johns’ before Christmas this past year, she stopped in for food again and asked what was in the tea.


Turns out, it’s pretty simple!  Just powdered coconut milk, green tea, sugar, and cream!  I had never heard of powdered coconut milk to be honest, so I didn’t think we would be able to find it to recreate the drink.  Fortunately, they carry it at the international foods section of Dominion.  And once I saw it there, I saw it everywhere!  I didn’t even know it existed, but there it was at Bulk Barn, and the dry goods section of Winners.  How had I never seen this stuff before?   Anyhow, that was a nice surprise.  If you can’t find it in your area, just substitute some steamed coconut milk and reduce the water.




We worked out the proportions until it was just the right combo of sweetness and creaminess, cause Nicole wasn’t brave enough to ask for that.  Also, we used honey, but she told us sugar, so feel free to use regular sugar if you like.  And if you are vegan, omit the cream, use regular sugar and use full fat coconut milk to make the tea.  Recipe below is for one regular sized mug…try it out and let us know what you think!!

5 from 1 vote

Taiwanese Coconut Milk Tea

A sweet and creamy drink perfect for cold days.  Cut back on the water and use coconut milk if you can't find the coconut milk powder.   It's important to let the water cool slightly before making your tea because green tea turns bitter if steeped too hot.  80 degrees is optimal for steeping green tea.

Servings 1 person


  • 1 cup just boiled water, cooled slightly (80 degrees)
  • 2 tbsp powdered coconut milk
  • 1 green tea bag
  • 1 tbsp whipping cream (35%)
  • 1 tsp honey


  1. Steep tea bag in the slightly cooled boiling water for 2-4 minutes.    

  2. Stir in the powdered coconut milk and honey until dissolved.  Add the whipping cream and stir again.   


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Lacy August 19, 2018 - 8:27 pm

I have been a faithful Formosa customer for years. In Charlottetown, where I live, they’ve changed their name to Splendid Essence, bit the menu is the same with some added features. This tea is my absolute favorite but I could never find the courage to ask for the ingredients. I’ve tried many a time at home to make it but gave up after coming nowhere near the deliciousness that Formosa creates. I do not have the necessary ingredients to try this now but they are on the top of my grocery list. Thank you so very much!

saltwaterdaughters August 27, 2018 - 11:29 pm

Hi Lacy! I am so glad you found our recipe! I know what you mean, it took me a long time to muster up the courage to ask what went in it. I’m so glad I did, because I’m only able to try it a couple times a year otherwise. I hope you enjoy it, though it may not be exactly the same, we think it’s fairly close. Please let us know what you think:)

lacy September 4, 2018 - 11:08 pm

5 stars
Me again. I’m trying this right now and just realized I forgot cream. I do have a can of coconut milk though. When you say “omit the cream, use regular sugar and make the tea with full fat coconut milk”, do you mean instead of water? Or just sub the whipping cream for the coconut milk. I’m going to try both, just curious what way you did it. I’m so excited! Too excited I think…haha. I’ll let you know the results 🙂

saltwaterdaughters September 4, 2018 - 11:44 pm

Just a tbsp of the full fat coconut milk in place of the cream, assuming you have and are using the powdered coconut milk as well. Otherwise it would probably taste a little overpowering in coconut flavour, but I haven’t tried it that way, so who knows it could be good!


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