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Yugur Tea


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The Yugur are a Tibetan Buddhist minority ethnic group in Gansu province, north-western China. They are addicted to their special salty milk tea.


Here is how they make it.


1) Take brick tea pieces and brew with black cardamom and sliced ginger in hot water.


2) When the tea is strongly brewed, add fresh milk and salt, repeatedly stirring to mix.


3) To a cup add parched flour, butter, and then fill with the hot milk tea.


The Yugur regard this as nutritious and filling. They find unseasoned milk tea or sweet milk tea to be an abomination. They have a saying which translate as 'tea with no salt is like water'.


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