While eating at a restaurant, you may see a Hong Kong drink on the menu that you’ve never heard of before. These are drinks people in Hong Kong enjoy.
Many of these drinks can be found in convenience stores or grocery stores as well. Instead of finding fruit flavoured juices at the store, you’ll see lots of Hong Kong style drinks in cans or juice boxes. These drinks include milk tea, lemon tea, soy milk, sugar cane juice and other types of cold teas.
In Hong Kong style restaurants you can order most drinks as either a hot or cold drink. Cold drinks usually cost a little bit more than hot drinks do.
Red Bean Ice
Another drink you may see on the menu is red bean ice. This is a well known Hong Kong drink that lots of people enjoy. It’s made from red beans, liquid sugar syrup and milk. Sometimes people will put ice cream on top of it and have it for dessert.
Pineapple ice is a Hong Kong style drink that contains pineapple slices at the bottom, water, ice, and sweetener like liquid sugar. It tastes sweet and has a hint of fruit flavour from the sliced fruit.
Pineapple Ice may be a little confusing to some. When I saw it on the menu it said Pineapple slush. I was expecting a drink blended with pineapple and ice.
A popular drink which started in Taiwan and later came to Hong Kong is Bubble Tea. These are drinks usually made with tea and mixed with a fruit. Bubble Tea comes with pearls (balls made of tapioca) that sit at the bottom of the drink. Pearl milk tea is the most common form of Bubble Tea. It can also be made only with fruit and ice, similar to a slush from 7-11, with or without pearls at the bottom of the cup. The pearls are bigger than a standard size straw, so a larger size straw is given to those who put pearls in their Bubble Tea so they can drink them with the liquid.
Founded in the Phillipines and brewed in Hong Kong, San Miguel beer is the most popular beer in Hong Kong. Blue Girl, a South Korean beer, is another popular choice. Sonderberg beer is a light imported beer that’s found mainly in Hong Kong.
If you’re looking for something a little more familiar, European influence has brought over beers such as Heineken, Carlsberg and Stella Artois.
There are many other Hong Kong drinks you can find all across Hong Kong. These are some of the most popular ones you’ll find.