Sunday, November 4, 2007

I need a fix! Royal Milk Tea from Japan!

My KTS4 partner Tiffany who lives in Japan introduced me to this drink. I don't know who makes--having never learned Japanese and of course, high school French is no help--this wonderful tea.

It's not tea in the traditional sense but is tea. There are no tea bags just individual packets of powder which look like Nestle Quik. Mix the bag up with hot water and voila, love in a mug.

The taste is sweet, milky, and tea-y all at the same time. It's definitely different but oh my goodness, so delicious. I'm feverishly hunting the net looking for a supplier. I sound like some sort of junkie trying to find a stash but the four packets Tiffany sent were downed in two days.

Help me before I started stalking Asian markets.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love this stuff too! You can find it at:
www.asianfoodgrocer.com
I have yet to find it locally and I've already been stalking the Asian markets and it's not easy when you don't speak their language!

Anonymous said...

Wish granted.
Expect a box flying over the ocean next week!

Christy B. said...

Thank you but gotta ask....who is this? Are you my guardian tea angel?

kissfox said...

Oh wow! I thought I was the only one addicted to Royal Milk Tea! This stuff IS great. Almost like a hot cocoa tea. My partner flies to Norita, Japan pretty often, and I ALWAYS make that my single-most request. Don't need cameras, kimonos, etc. Just R.M. TEA!! I can't believe I found a blog of us tea addicts. This is too much fun.

Yeah, we aren't so different after all. I am glad to have seen this post, and the site to order it from. That is EXACTLY what I googled for and found this blog. THANKS SO MUCH for creating this blog and to the contributors of it. You have answered my question and stopped my potentially frustrating search had you all not shared the same passion.

If you have any updates, please post them, and I will too. I'd like to see everyone stay well stocked. One way to make that happen is post and inform!!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.

Randy

Anonymous said...

Royal Milk Tea, or Ko Cha Ka Den, is bottled as a Coca-Cola product and as far as I have been able to find, is only licensed to be bottled in Japan. The tea bags may be licensed under a different country though. I just got off the phone with 1-800-get-coke and they confirmed that it is not available in the U.S. Of course, that doesn't mean you can't find it at an Asian store...but I've been looking for it for 5 years and I haven't seen it once. I used to drink it in Japan and it is my fav drink of all time. I will link a photo of the can. If anybody happens to know where, besides ebay, to get a hold of the non-powder drinks, let us know!!
http://img120.imageshack.us/img120/5666/teamachinexr9.jpg

Lorie said...

I came across your blog while also searching all over for Coca-Cola's Royal Milk Tea. I recently returned home from a very short visit to Japan and found myself experiencing withdrawals after running out of the 4 bottle stash I mailed home to myself. ;-) I enjoyed Kirin's Milk tea while there as well and it seems to also satisfies my now expensive Ko Cha Ka Den Royal Milk Tea addition. I have found an online site who sells Kirin's Milk Tea in 1.5 liter bottles. Although on the very expensive side they offer a discount if you buy in quantities of 8. I'm going to place an order soon and will let you know if it's worth it. Here is the URL for those of you also interested. Hope this turn out for all of us Milk Tea addicts! ;-) http://store.asianmerchant.com/kirinmilktea.html

Roxy said...

Hi
I was in Japan last year and I drank royal milk tea all the time i love it.. Im just wondering if anyone knows where i could get it from in the uk or any online shope that sells it in europe or the uk otherwise shipping is so expensive for me.. thanx for ur help!

Anonymous said...

Hi!

Try Ebay. A seller who lives in Japan ships worldwide.

Anonymous said...

I live here in Japan for another 7 months. Are there any rules for shipping the bottled cans internationally? I should probably find out.

I know what you all mean though. I'm gonna miss this Royal Milk Tea once we head back to the U.S. :(

Farley said...

i just returned from taiwan to pick up my daughter and got re-addicted. Use to live in guam as a kid and could find it there. I liked the fresh milk tea at the taiwanese stands, but i found it bottled at the convenience stores under 'Dr. Tea'. I found cans of milk tea from taiwan at the grocer here in austin, but it is not the same - definitely made with a bad pHO and not real milk.
Tried to make it myself with Irish Breakfast and i could taste a hint of what i am wanting. Probably need to use whole milk and a steamer.

Anonymous said...

My best friends mom guards her Royal Milk tea stash with her life. He brings back suitcases full of tea every time he goes to Japan, leaving his clothes behind (I was the recipient of 5 bags last time). I too am looking for a place to find this wonderful drink in the US, so that when I go with him to Japan next year, I will not be leaving my clothes behind to bring back royal milk tea... although it is well worth the sacrifice! Rumor's of Royal milk tea available at my local world market sent me scouring the Japanese section of the market to no avail.

Anonymous said...

Try english breakfast or earl grey with whole milk, a bit of natural sugar, and honey to sweeten it. It's the closest I've gotten. :)

Anonymous said...

http://shop.mitsuwa.com/eng/egoods/edetail.php?pid=2399

most mitsuwa markets carries the royal mike tea bags

Anonymous said...

If you like the powder version, buy the real stuff, it's a million times better. Kirin Milk Tea. Sadly right now it's hard to find because of the milk scare in China, but I buy mine at my local Oriental Food Market.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if any of you are still looking but i just happened to stumble upon this blog this site sells it by the case: http://www.asianmunchies.com/cartgenie/prod-433.htm
hope that helps someone :)

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad I found this blog! I'm currently stationed in Japan, but will be leaving in a couple of weeks :( I've been searching the web trying to find out how I'll be able to purchase it being in the states. After seeing all you fellow milk tea addicts, I don't feel quite as crazy ;) Thank you guys for posting your links!

Anonymous said...

Gods! I love royal milk tea, that stuff is made of awesome. Came to Japan 2 years ago and could never forget it, im here again a planning to leave many things behind to put lots of tea yn my baggage, but also my sister searched on the web in japanese (she is a language student) and found two recipies for me, if you want to try go ahead. The preocess for the 2 are the same just the ingredients change: 1) 50ml water, 80ml milk, 1 tea bag and sugar. 2) 1 earl grey bag, 3 spoons water for the tea bag,300ml milk, 150ml water and sugar. First you make the tea bag till is strong, then in other recipient you heat the water and milk just before boiling, then add the tea and sugar. See ya

Mike L. said...

Freshly brewed black tea + Coffeemate regular (liquid type) + lots of Splenda can get you close. I'm pretty sure the "royal" part I've also enjoyed in the Kochakaden variety was just lots of (fake) cream and (liquid) sugar! ::thumbs up::

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Anonymous said...

Love, love, love Royal Milk Tea! When my Japanese friends come to visit they alway bring me some! I have searched high and low for this stuff in the US with no luck. Visitors coming in 2 months! Woot woot!

Anonymous said...

The Ichiban Supermarket in Post Street, San Francisco (Japantown) sell Royal Milk Tea tea bags with milk and sugar in packs of 10, taste great

Anonymous said...

I found a recipe that was almost dead on..... boil black tea bag in water....not too strong. Then add whole milk...a little bit of ground ginger a little bit of ground cloves and then a little more than the other two of ground cinnamon

Nancy said...

thanks for all the insight in how to find Royal Milk tea from japan will check the links. I loved the stuff when i lived there. anything you buy in Canada at the Asian stores just doesn't cut it. Have a happy day
Nancy

Anonymous said...

I found it in Canada and stock up every time I go.