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BLM Jul 25, 2009 09:37 AM

Anywhere in Montreal for decent HK-style milk tea? Tried some in Toronto, when I was there last week. It's not totally uncommon to find HK-style milk tea in Chinese establishments in Montreal these days, but are any of them good.

  1. kpzoo Jul 25, 2009 09:51 AM

    Harmonie Bakery has it. It's strong, but good. I usually make mine at home, though.

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      BLM Jul 25, 2009 08:06 PM

      BTW, concerning Harmonie Bakery, do they have any connection with the Tea Shop 168 franchise operation? Whenever I get drinks from Harmonie Bakery, the cups are labeled Tea Shop 168.

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        BLM Jul 26, 2009 02:01 PM

        Did Harmonie Bakery change the labels on their cup drinks the last 24 hours? Now their labels are Harmonie Bakery, instead of Tea Shop 168. I was there to try their HK style milk tea this afternoon, & was also there yesterday afternoon for their HK style milk tea(it was definitely 100% certain still labelled Tea Shop 168).

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          kpzoo Jul 26, 2009 02:18 PM

          So how was the tea? No idea about the labels.

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            BLM Jul 26, 2009 02:21 PM

            It's the best so far, that I've tried in Montreal.

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              hungryann Jul 26, 2009 02:39 PM

              Where else have you tried?

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                BLM Jul 26, 2009 02:42 PM

                Magic Idea & another place(I can't remember the name right now).

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      marblebag Jul 26, 2009 05:38 PM

      I have tried every pearl milk drinks on that stretch and Harmonie has the most tea.

      1. mainsqueeze Jul 26, 2009 05:52 PM

        Unrelated, but I like the Korean preserved lemon "tea" at Harmonie. It's very refreshing.

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          BLM Jul 27, 2009 07:26 AM

          What makes it Korean lemon tea?

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            mainsqueeze Jul 27, 2009 08:29 AM

            I'm not sure. It's called korean lemon tea on the menu. It's kind of like marmalade with water. I believe it is made with preserved lemons like this:

            http://gobizkorea.com/att/cat/ksfoods...

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              BLM Jul 27, 2009 08:33 AM

              Oh I've tried it at Harmonie Bakery before.

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                mainsqueeze Aug 23, 2009 07:34 AM

                In fact it's made with citron, not lemon. We bought a jar of Uncle Bill brand '"citron honey tea" at one of the chinese grocery stores on St-Laurent so I could make it at home. A big jar of it costs $6.99.

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                  SnackHappy Sep 26, 2010 08:51 AM

                  Further investigation has revealed that it is actually made with yuzu and that the use of the word citron is some sort of translation fluke.

                  Still it's really delicious. And there are more of these preparations made from other fruit available at Asian grocery stores.

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                    SourberryLily Oct 1, 2010 12:20 PM

                    http://www.gobizkorea.com/att/cat/ksf...

                    This is what the jar looks like, it's very popular in Hong Kong, i don't know about Korean. It's just some kind of marmalade you dissolve into water. Found at any asian grocery. Not expensive.

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                    Hong Kong Restaurant
                    29 Thorne Av, Temiscaming, QC J0Z3R0, CA

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                      vanierstudent Oct 1, 2010 03:37 PM

                      it rocks with 7up!

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                  BLM Jan 6, 2011 12:36 PM

                  So Harmonie just dissolves the marmalade(Korean lemon tea) in hot water? I'm trying to duplicate it at home.

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                    SourberryLily Jan 10, 2011 05:50 AM

                    I cant confirm this, but i think so. It's how it's made, even in 'fancy' restaurants.

            2. souschef Jul 27, 2009 06:10 AM

              A couple of years ago I had some on the ground level of the building in which Kam Fung is. They were serving free samples. I thought it was really nice. Mind you, I don't know what "HK style" is.

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                kpzoo Jul 27, 2009 06:31 AM

                > Mind you, I don't know what "HK style" is.

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kon...

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                  souschef Jul 27, 2009 07:25 AM

                  interesting link. The tea I had was cold.

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                mak2k Jul 27, 2009 06:20 AM

                the new bakery in front of the Jade buffet has pretty good one

                1. keelo Jul 28, 2009 09:28 AM

                  Like any other "recipe" everyone has a different rendition of something similar. So finding one that's "good" is just a matter of personal taste.

                  Off the top of my head there's:
                  Andy & Dobe
                  Harmonie
                  Magic Idea (Chinatown and downtown)
                  Cactus
                  L2
                  Bao Dao (in the fauboug)

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                    BLM Sep 25, 2010 11:49 PM

                    BTW, no HK style milk tea at L2 in Montreal Chinatown. They have the non-HK style milk tea only. Just went back there to double-check earlier this week. The first time there requesting HK style milk tea, I was given mis-information(I'd asked off-menu, to request HK style milk tea). The HK style milk tea I was given, tasted suspiciously unlike any HK style milk tea I've tasted. True enough, what I was given was their regular milk tea it turns out.

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                      BLM Sep 26, 2010 08:43 AM

                      Also Bao Dao in the Faubourg, doesn't have HK style milk tea(at last check). They have the non-HK style milk tea.

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                      Bao Dao
                      4236 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G1W2, CA

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                      BLM Sep 25, 2010 11:34 PM

                      What I don't understand is why is does every place in Montreal, that serves cold HK style milk tea charge so much more compared to their hot HK style milk tea? For example, Harmonie Bakery charges $2.49 for cold, & $1.49 for hot. And usually for cold HK style milk tea, more than half the drink is ice. Would it be proper to request for much less ice on my cold HK style milk tea?

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                        SnackHappy Sep 26, 2010 08:58 AM

                        Cold HK-style milk tea is hot tea + ice. If you take out the ice you'll have hot tea.

                        They also have it at Légende in Chinatown if you haven't yet tired it.

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                          BLM Sep 26, 2010 09:22 AM

                          No milk in hot HK style milk tea? Yes, I've tried the cold HK style milk tea at Legende bakery.

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                            vanierstudent Sep 26, 2010 10:42 AM

                            no milk, the only way to do it is with condensed milk.

                            EDIT: the best HK milk tea is at dobe and Andy in my opinion.

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                              kpzoo Sep 26, 2010 11:05 AM

                              Actually, that's debatable - some say it must be evaporated milk, not condensed. ;-)

                              Only place I've had what was billed at HK milk tea outside my own kitchen is at Harmonie in Chinatown I - it was very, very strong. But good. Kept me up all night, though. ;-)

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                                vanierstudent Sep 26, 2010 11:18 AM

                                sorry, you were right, it should be made out of evaporated milk and syrup. My mom would have slapped me if she saw that idiotic error that I made=(.

                                Anyway, Brossard use to have a really good cha teen ting in the early 2000s that served a really REALLY good Milk tea, and had really good HKese food fair. It was near For wor from back in the days. Does someone know if that place is still open/still good?

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                                  BLM Sep 26, 2010 11:23 AM

                                  Don't think For Wor is still open. I live in the area.

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                                BLM Sep 26, 2010 11:26 AM

                                Thanks. I'll check the HK style milk tea at Dobe & Andy.

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                                  vanierstudent Sep 27, 2010 11:03 AM

                                  is the small place on the other side of the mall ( a cha teen ting) still open?

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                                    BLM Sep 27, 2010 07:08 PM

                                    If it's same one I'm thinking of, it's still there. I eat there. For Wor I just checked to make sure with someone(he confirmed its been closed for awhile).

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                                  BLM Sep 30, 2010 10:35 PM

                                  Tried the cold HK style milk tea at Dobe & Andy today(Thurs). I liked it(it's listed on the menu as HK style tea). How's the fried noodles dishes at Dobe & Andy(I thought of trying it)?

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                                    vanierstudent Oct 1, 2010 09:11 AM

                                    From what i remember, they are huge.

                                    I personally like the fried rice dish, the salt fish and chicken and the crab paste and beef fried rice are great!

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                                BLM Oct 23, 2010 11:30 PM

                                Tea & Coffee mix, that you see available at some Chinese/Asian establishments, is that very similar to HK style milk tea(or maybe it is HK style milk tea)?

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                                  hungryann Oct 24, 2010 10:20 AM

                                  I think it is, although much sweeter and less ''milky''.

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                                    vanierstudent Oct 24, 2010 08:13 PM

                                    Well in a way, its a mix between coffee and HK milk tea.

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