Dirty Milk Tea

Yes, it’s another milk tea post, and this is my fourth milk tea drink recipe to date, first was the red bean, then we have the taro, then the ube and now this, the Dirty Milk Tea. Dirty Milk Tea as the name suggest is a dirty looking milk tea prepared with black tea and milk which is then served smeared thick brown sugar syrup on glass. It’s one of the most popular milk tea flavours out there and one of our favourites too, like most milk teas this has a similar preparation process except for one.

Usually milk teas are flavoured with sugar syrup that is made with white sugar, on this one we use brown sugar to give that dark colour plus some molasses to give that smoky taste. I had made this before at home a lot of times but did not want to post it since I felt it was missing a flavour that I get from the commercially made ones. Before I was just using brown sugar, but it does not have that smoky flavour, I tried to burn it slowly on next attempts but still the taste is quite different until I made black kusinta. When I made that kutsinta a light bulb appeared on top of my brain because that was the flavour, I was looking for in this milk tea, it was the black strap molasses I used on that dish that will make it taste right. I then experimented on adding them on this recipe and bingo! This was the recipe I was looking for.

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Dirty Milk Tea

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: Taiwanese


Dirty Milk Tea is a type of milk tea that looks dirty as the name suggest, made with black tea and milk served smeared thick brown sugar syrup on glass.



Black Tea

Tapioca Pearls

Brown Sugar Syrup

Assembly (single serve)

  • 1 cup black tea, chilled
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp cream
  • ½ cup tapioca pearls, cooked
  • ½ cup ice
  • brown sugar syrup, to taste


  1. In a pot combine all black tea ingredients together, bring it to a boil, once it starts to boil turn heat off then let it cool to room temperature. Place in a container, keep in the refrigerator until needed.
  2. In a pot boil 6 cups of water, add tapioca pearls and brown sugar then cook until soft. It will take around 25 minutes. Once cooked set it aside with the cooking liquid.
  3. Make your syrup, combine water, molasses and brown sugar, place over stovetop over medium heat then cook until liquid has thickened and reduced half of its volume. Turn heat off then set it aside.
  4. Per serving, smear a good amount of black sugar syrup on the sides of a tall glass, place some tapioca pearls, pour black tea, milk and cream then top it with ice. Serve.



4 Responses

  1. Interesting! Have never been a fan of any milk tea with tapioca pearls…but I definitely would love to try your homemade one.

  2. I’ve never heard of dirty milk tea, but I do like the sound of that molasses in there! Perfect sweet tea for a mid-morning pick-me-up!

  3. I’ve never heard of this. Fun idea! Thanks.

  4. suituapui says:

    This Taiwanese bubble tea or whatever tea has taken the world by storm, so many popping up everywhere…and the drinks are not even cheap! No, thank you.

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