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A brew-off to find Hong Kong's best milk tea

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> Ready, set, brew. This is a cut-throat yearly competition in Hong Kong. A contest of the pallate to see who's master this special type of tea, a local style milk blend. Contestants head from diners and kitchens across the city. And they're preparing the brew of their lives for top food judges who've all been reared on this golden liquid.
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] and this intense and colorful competition. And even from this far away, I can smell the aroma of the tea. The making of Hong Kong tea is a very individualistic approach depending on the blend that the maker chooses. And an excellent brew is considered a local badge of honor.
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>> Milk tea is a symbol of Hong Kong's status as the gateway between East and West. It's a blend of delicate tea with western evaporated milk on top then steeped in a long white silk stocking. The result are highly caffeinated and super sweet brew. Experts look for a unique taste in every creamy cup.
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>> A lot of people in Hong Kong just from the minute they grew up, they grew up with milk tea, right? So basically everyone in Hong Kong is a milk tea expert, right? So that's why milk tea is really exciting for people in Hong Kong where today is like a milk tea party.
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It's just the same as having a champagne.>> It's often said this city is losing its unique identity to modern progress. But small signs of its old culture shines through in cherish crafts like this. Milk tea certainly isn't the lightest example of Hong Kong's colorful fusion cuisine. But the buzz at least behind fuels the frenzy of this fast paced world city.