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Last updated: Mar 29, 2014 — Published: Mar 29, 2014 — By: Anita — 4 comments

A delicious Chinese drink by mixing together brewed black tea, black coffee, and fresh milk. Who knew tea, coffee, and milk can all play well together!

As a drink, yuan yang (鸳鸯) is a pretty modern invention, where milk tea is mixed with coffee. This unusual pairing gave rise to the name of yuan yang, Chinese for mandarin ducks. For Chinese, mandarin ducks symbolize life-long couples and is a common motif used in Chinese weddings. If you have seen a pair of mandarin ducks, you will notice that the appearance of female and male mandarin ducks are so different, and this stark difference is used in this drink to represent the unlikely pairing of milk tea and coffee! In Malaysia (and Singapore I believe), this drink has a more literal Malay-Fujianese name of kopi cham, or mixed coffee. To me, yuan yang is more poetic, though someone needs to explain the reasoning behind the name first for you to get it. :)

Yuan Yang - Tea, Coffee, and Milk

Yuan Yang - Tea, Coffee, and Milk

5.0 from 2 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson

Categories: Drink

Cuisine: Chinese

Prep Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 15 mins

Serves: 3

Print Recipe


  • 500 ml brewed black tea
  • 200 ml brewed black coffee
  • 100 ml fresh milk
  • 3 tablespoon sugar, or to taste


  1. In a pitcher, mix together brewed tea, brewed coffee, fresh milk, and sugar.
  2. Serve hot or chilled.