Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon wuyi oolong tea leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 cardamom pods, crushed to expose the seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • Garnish: finely chopped, raw sliced almonds and pistachios

Steps

  1. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil then bring down to a simmer.
  2. Add tea, baking soda, salt, and spices, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. After 20 minutes of light simmering, add 2 cups of cold milk + sugar and turn up heat to high.
  4. Continue to cook over high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture just comes to a boil.
  5. Strain and serve with finely chopped almonds and pistachios on top.