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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.

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

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    1. re: kpzoo

      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.

      1. re: BLM

        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).

        1. re: BLM

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

          1. re: kpzoo

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

              1. re: hungryann

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

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

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

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        1. re: mainsqueeze

          What makes it Korean lemon tea?

          1. re: BLM

            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...

            1. re: mainsqueeze

              Oh I've tried it at Harmonie Bakery before.

              1. re: mainsqueeze

                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.

                1. re: mainsqueeze

                  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.

                  1. re: SnackHappy

                    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

                2. re: mainsqueeze

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

                  1. re: BLM

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

            2. 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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                1. re: kpzoo

                  interesting link. The tea I had was cold.

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

                1. 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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                  1. re: keelo

                    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.

                    1. re: keelo

                      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

                    2. 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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                      1. re: BLM

                        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 L├ęgende in Chinatown if you haven't yet tired it.

                        1. re: SnackHappy

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

                          1. re: BLM

                            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.

                            1. re: vanierstudent

                              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. ;-)

                              1. re: kpzoo

                                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?

                                1. re: vanierstudent

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

                              2. re: vanierstudent

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

                                1. re: BLM

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

                                  1. re: vanierstudent

                                    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).

                                2. re: vanierstudent

                                  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)?

                                  1. re: BLM

                                    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!

                              3. re: SnackHappy

                                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)?

                                1. re: BLM

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

                                  1. re: BLM

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