Yuenyeung (Chinese: 鴛鴦, often transliterated according to the Cantonese language pronunciation yuenyeung,[3] yinyeung, or yinyong;[4] yuanyang in Mandarin) is a drink created by mixing coffee with tea. It originated in Hong Kong, where it remains popular.

Iced yuenyeung at a cha chaan teng in Hong Kong (2007)
Place of originHong Kong[1][2]
Serving temperatureHot or iced
Main ingredientsBrewed coffee, Hong Kong-style milk tea (black tea, evaporated or condensed milk), sugar
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese鸳鸯
Hanyu PinyinYuānyāng
Cantonese YaleYūnyēung

The exact method of creating yuenyeung varies by vendor and region, but it generally consists of brewed coffee and black tea with sugar and milk. According to the Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the mixture is three parts coffee and seven parts Hong Kong-style milk tea. It can be served hot or cold.[5]

It was originally served at dai pai dongs (open air food vendors) and cha chaan tengs (café), but is now available in various types of restaurants.[6][7]


The name yuenyeung, which refers to mandarin ducks (yuanyang), is a symbol of conjugal love in Chinese culture, as the birds usually appear in pairs and the male and female look very different.[8] This same connotation of a "pair" of two unlike items is used to name this drink.[5]


A Hong Kong dai pai dong-style restaurant called Lan Fong Yuen (蘭芳園)[9] claims both yuenyeung and silk-stocking milk tea were invented in 1952[10] by its owner, Mr. Lam. Though its claim for yuenyeung is unverified, its claim for silk-stocking milk tea was on the record in the official minutes of a LegCo meeting plausibility.


In summer 2010, Starbucks stores in Hong Kong and Macau promoted a frappuccino version of the drink.[11] It was sold as the "Yuen Yeung Frappuccino Blended Cream".[12]

Children's yuenyeung

There is a caffeine-free variant of yuenyeung, called children's yuenyeung (兒童鴛鴦). It is made using Horlicks and Ovaltine, malted milk drink mixes that are common in cha chaan tengs in Hong Kong.[13]

See also

  • Yuenyeung fried rice


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  8. "教育部國語辭典:鴛鴦". Ministry of Education, Taiwan. Archived from the original on 2005-05-01. Retrieved 2007-01-14.
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  11. Michael Taylor (8 October 2010). "Starbucks Takes on Hong Kong Tastes (Part 2)". accidentaltravelwriter.net. Archived from the original on 30 November 2021. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  12. Starbucks Hong Kong (September 16, 2010). "Escape This Summer With a Taste of Home" (flash). coffeeconcepts.com.hk. Archived from the original (flash) on 2010-09-17.
  13. Lew, Josh. "Coffee or tea? With this drink, you get both". mnn.com. Narrative Content Group. Archived from the original on 24 August 2019. Retrieved 24 August 2019.

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