Tibetan Yak butter tea

Tibetan Yak butter tea, one of the top twenty recommended Tibet travel experiences by the Lonely planet 2015. Truly a marvelous Tibet tour guide book. We too strongly suggest our clients try in once when they are Tibet.

Recently a friend and annually clients and greatest source of recommendations, who live in shanghai ask if I can help him to send some yak butter and write him a how to write make Tibetan Yak Butter tea. It is always a pleasure to share our rich culture to a thirsty friend like him.

So I thought why not I write it for all my readers how to make one.

Here are Ingredients you would require to make Tibetan Yak butter tea base on serving for four.

  • Yak butter Or cow butter 2 TBSP
  • Tea leaves 2-3 TBS
  • Salt 1 TBS
  • Light cream 2/3 Cup or Milk powder 5 TBS

Steps of making Tibetan yak butter tea

  • First, boil 2 cups of water
  • Add tea to the pot, when water starts to boil. And bring down to a simmer, for 3-5 minutes. Traditionally, the tea is simmered for hours and made into a concentrate (Called Chaku). but you can still get its unique flavour out of a shorter brew.
  • Add salt and cream (if you don’t have cream, add some Milk powder and stir together, bringing back to a simmer
  • Add butter and churn it. ( traditionally we use Dongmo to Churn it. but nowadays every household and restaurant in Lhasa are using the blender.) Or you can use a good ole’ French Press.
  • In the blender or French press add the butter, and then pour your tea. and Churn for two to three minutes.
  • Churning will make your tea cold, After the churning, when you are heating up the tea. Do not let the tea boil. If it does you will lose its taste.

Fun facts about Tibetan Yak butter tea.

  • It is a must have tea for every Tibetan in Tibetan Plataea at least once a day.
  • The taste of butter tea differs from house to house
  • The richness and thickness of butter tea in the morning defines the economic prosperity of the family.
  • The best food that goes with the Butter tea is Tsampa, roasted barley flour
  • The best and authentic Tibetan butter tea can be found at the nomad place. Namtso Lake (4 hours from Lhasa), Everest base Camp tours and Mount Kailash tours drives you through nomad county. Stop by to try some.
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