Ahh, bubble tea! The most amazing dessert drink you can find in China.
And so many options out there, it’s sometimes almost overwhelming (it’s not like you can go wrong with anything you order, really). But here are some hints on how to order it using Chinese!
Milk Tea: Regular or not?
As soon as you order milk tea, a waiter will ask you:
It’s just a way to ask how much sugar and ice you want in your milk tea.
If you don’t have any specific requirements, you can just say:
Milk Tea: Sweet or Non-Sweet?
Now, let’s talk about sugar. You can choose to order:
“Less sugar”, with 70% of sugar
“Half sugar”, with 50% of sugar
“Very little sugar”, with 30% of sugar
“No sugar”, with 0% of sugar; sugar-free
Milk Tea: Ice or Hot?
If you want your milk tea to be ice cold, you can say:
多冰 (duōbīng) = “Lots of ice”
If you don’t want much ice in your milk tea, say:
少冰 (shǎobīng) = “Less ice”
If you want no ice at all, order:
去冰 (qùbīng) = “No ice”
Note: “No-ice” milk tea will still be cold, just the ice cubes will be taken away. If you want it to be neither cold nor hot (热 rè), order a room temperature milk tea:
常温 (chángwēn) = “Room temperature/Lukewarm”
How about you?
Is your milk tea “normal”?
Do you have any specific preferences?
What do you usually like to add to your milk tea?
Leave a comment below!