- Yuanyang (drink)
"Yuanyang", sometimes also called Ying Yong [ [http://gluttonqueen.wordpress.com/2007/04/05/hong-kong-kim-gary-restaurant/ Hong Kong Kim Gary Restaurant « The Glutton Queen ] ] , is a popular beverage in
Hong Kong, made of a mixture of coffeeand Hong Kong-style milk tea. It was originally served at " dai pai dongs" (open air food vendors) and " cha chaan tengs" (cafe), but is now available in various types of restaurants. It can be served hot or cold.cite press release|url=http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/ppr_release_det.php?pd=20030211&ps=04|title= "Yuanyang" exhibition showcases the contemporary ceramic art|date=2003-02-11|accessdate=2007-01-12|publisher=HKSAR Leisure and Cultural Services Department] The name "yuanyang", which refers to mandarin ducks, is a symbol of conjugal love in Chinese culture, as the birds usually appear in pairs and the male and female look very different. [cite web|url=http://126.96.36.199/cgi-bin/dict/GetContent.cgi?Database=dict&DocNum=158682&GraphicWord=yes&QueryString=%C0p%C0m|title=教育部國語辭典:鴛鴦|publisher=Ministry of Education, Taiwan|accessdate=2007-01-14] This same connotation of "pair" of two unlike items is used to name this drink.
Many Westerners dispute whether Hong Kong invented yuanyang drinks as such. Some call it as a Dutch serving, while others claim to have independently invented the drink of mixing tea and coffee. Various individuals have combined coffee with tea, sometimes using the name CoffTea or Tea Espress. The concept was suggested on HalfBakery in 2000 [ [http://www.halfbakery.com/idea/CoffTea Halfbakery: CoffTea ] ] and singer
Peter Andréclaimed to have invented CoffTea in an interview in 2004. [ [http://www.virginmedia.com/music/interviews/peterandreinterview2.php Peter Andre interview - Interviews - Music - Virgin Media< ] ] In an interview with the New York Observerin October 2006, Sandra Blund recommended combining Savarin with chamomiletea in a ratio of 2 to 1, or combining organic Bolivian coffee and White Rose tea in equal parts. [http://www.observer.com/20061002/20061002___thecity_newyorkworld-2.asp] However, Yuanyang has predated these claims by at least fifty years.
* [http://cooking.wikia.com/wiki/CoffTea CoffTea]
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